Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Nov 13, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to update security information and
remind American citizens of the potential danger of travel to Bosnia and
Herzegovina. This Travel Warning supersedes that of
June 4, 2002.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens that there are still risks from
occasional localized political violence, landmines, and unexploded ordnance
in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is also a risk of getting caught up in
local violence. Attacks against minority returnees continue, especially in
the eastern and western parts of the country. Increased operations to
capture persons indicted for war crimes may provoke local disruptions and
protests, especially in the eastern parts of the country. The international
community, including American interests, continues to be the target of
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert,
and may close temporarily or suspend public services to review their
security posture. The Embassy in Sarajevo has closed in the past to review
its security posture amd may have to do so again. In those instances, the
Embassy will make every effort to continue providing emergency services to
American citizens. Official U.S. Government employees and affiliated
personnel under the Embassy's authority are subject to periodic travel
restrictions when the security situation warrants it. These restrictions
are subject to change on short notice, and Americans who visit
Bosnia-Herzegovina should contact the Embassy in Sarajevo for updated
Although mine and unexploded ordnance clearance continues, there are still
areas that are deemed unsafe by international demining organizations.
Estimates vary, but a conservative figure suggests that more than 500,000
mines and other unexploded ordnance remain uncleared. While urban areas
have been largely swept, the location of some minefields is unknown and the
demining community recommends remaining on hard-surface areas. Abandoned
and destroyed buildings should not be approached, as uncleared mines still
surround them. Families traveling with children should be especially aware
of this danger and make sure the children do not stray from safe areas.
Persons considering travel to Bosnia should check the latest information
available before traveling. It is always recommended to avoid crowds and
demonstrations, keep a low profile, and stay alert for changes in the
security situation. The U.S. Embassy may not be able to provide consular
services to U.S. Citizens in areas where local authorities will not
cooperate with or protect U.S. Government officials.
Americans in Bosnia and Herzegovina, visiting or resident, are urged to
register with the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and enroll in the warden system
(emergency alert network) in order to obtain updated information on travel
and security in Bosnia Herzegovina.
U.S. travelers can also get up-to-date information on security conditions by
calling 1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. or Canada, or on a regular toll line at
1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's
Consular Information Sheet for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Worldwide Caution
Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov.