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State Department: Bosnia and Herzegovina - Travel Warning, October 12, 1998


Bosnia and Herzegovina - Travel Warning
October 12, 1998

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the potential for increased danger of travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In particular, the potential exists in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina for retaliation against United States citizens and interests, as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are considering military action against neighboring Serbia and Montenegro. Therefore, the Department of State urges U.S. citizens to depart the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. All U.S. Government personnel have been withdrawn frome the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina until further notice.

The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was halted by the Dayton Peace Accords in November 1995. However, there are still risks from occasional localized political violence, landmines, unexploded ordnance, and carjacking. As many as one million landmines are still scattered throughout the country, and visitors are advised to remain on well-trafficked surfaces and roadways. There are also occasional flare-ups of violence, sometimes linked to protests over the return of displaced persons and arrests of war criminals. Visitors should avoid crowds and stay away from demonstrations. The risk of being caught in political violence remains highest in Mostar, Brcko, Foca, Drvar, Zepce, Stolac, Zenica, Pale, and Srebrenica.

U.S. citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina despite the Travel Warning should register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and obtain updated information on travel and security within Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Consular Section is located at Ali Pasina 43, telephone number (387)(71) 445-700, fax number (387)(71) 659-969.

No. 98-053

This supersedes the Travel Warning on Bosnia and Herzegovina dated October 2, 1998 to note the withdrawal of official U.S. Government personnel from the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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