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State Department: Bosnia and Herzegovina - Travel Warning, October 14, 1998

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Travel Warning
October 14, 1998

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the continuing potential for danger of travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In particular, the potential exists in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RS) 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. U.S. Government personnel who were withdrawn from the RS entity earlier this week are resuming essential assignments in the RS entity, subject to ongoing developments in the Kosovo negotiations. Private Americans who are considering returning to the RS entity are urged to consider carefully their own personal security situations. Those who decide to return should remain in close communication with the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and be prepared to leave on very short 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. 98-054

This supersedes the Travel Warning on Bosnia and Herzegovina dated October 12, 1998, to note the conditional return of official U.S. Government personnel to the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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