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withdrawn frome the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina until
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.
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.