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Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Jun 04, 2002

This Travel Warning has been revised to update security information. The situation has largely stabilized; nevertheless, occasional localized political violence, land mines, and unexploded ordnance still pose risks to travelers. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Bosnia and Herzegovina dated April 13, 2001.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the potential danger of travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The situation has largely stabilized since the Dayton Peace Accords halted the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995; nevertheless, there are still risks from occasional localized political violence, land mines, and unexploded ordnance. There were outbreaks of mob violence in reaction to a financial crisis in Bosnia in 2001. Violence was directed against the international community, including American citizens. The communities where the violence took place include Mostar, Medjugorje, Grude, Posusje, Livno, Tomislavgrad, Banja Luka and Siroki Brijeg.

There is also a risk of getting caught up in local violence. Attacks against minority returnees, especially in the eastern and western parts of the country, continue. 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, continue to be the targets of occasional threats.

Due to credible threats to U.S. facilities, the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo on several occasions closed for short periods during 2001. U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert, and periodically may close temporarily or suspend public services to review their security posture. 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 security information.

Although mine and unexploded ordnance clearance continues, there are still estimated to be more than 500,000 mines and various unexploded ordnance found around the country. While urban areas have been largely cleared, the location of some minefields is unknown, and the demining community advises people to remain on hard-surface areas. Abandoned and destroyed buildings should not be approached, as they often are still surrounded by uncleared mines.

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. It may not be possible to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in areas where local authorities will not cooperate with or protect USG officials.

Americans in Bosnia and Herzegovina, visiting or resident, are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and to consult the Embassy for updated safety and security information. Americans traveling and residing abroad should monitor closely the Department's Internet site and http://travel.state.gov, including the Consular Information Sheet for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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