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State Department: Bosnia - Herzegovina - Travel Warning, January 12, 1999

Bosnia - Herzegovina - Travel Warning
January 12, 1999

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the continuing potential for danger of travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to periodic violence, Americans are strongly cautioned to avoid any travel to the eastern portion of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RS). The Department also recommends against any unnecessary travel anywhere in RS, or in the southeastern (Mostar) corridor.

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 carjackings. 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 October 14, 1998 Travel Warning on Bosnia and Herzegovina to note the risk of violence in the Mostar corridor, to caution U.S. citizens against travel to the eastern RS, and to alert American citizens against any unnecessary travel to the RS.

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