State Department: Bosnia - Herzegovina - Travel Warning, February 19, 1999
Bosnia - Herzegovina - Travel Warning
February 19, 1999
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 (RS) 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. Given the
recent history in the region, the possibility exists for spontaneous
reactions against U.S. citizens in the RS, which might require the
withdrawal of U.S. Government personnel at short notice.
U.S. citizens who remain in the RS are advised to be sensitive to their
personal security, avoid crowds and demonstrations, remain in touch with
their headquarters, monitor local media for any change in the threat level,
and be prepared to depart the RS at 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
U.S. citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina are urged to contact the
Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo to register and to obtain
updated information on travel and security within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Consular Section is located at Ali Pasina 43, tel. (387)(71)445-700,
fax (387)(71) 659-969.
This supersedes the January 12, 1999,
Travel Warning on Bosnia and Herzegovina to note the increased danger
of travel to the RS.