1. VISAS FOR BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ENTRY VISA:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Holy See, Hungary, Ireland, Island, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation*, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, St. Christopher and Nevis, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine**, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela
*up to 30 days during a period of 60 days starting from the first day of entry, **up to 30 days during a period of 60 days starting from the first day of entry
Holders of diplomatic passports: Algeria
Holders of diplomatic and official passports: China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Ukraine
Holders of business-civil passports: China
Holders of passports of special administrative areas of P.R.China: Hong Kong, Macao,Taiwan
Holders of special passports: Egypt, United Nations and specialised UN organisations laissez-passerholders.
Citizens of European Union Member States, citizens of countries that signed Schengen Agreement and citizens of Andorra, Holy See, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia & Switzerland can use their Identity Cards as a travel document to enter, exit and transit through BiH.
Citizens of the countries that require visa to enter BiH can stay up to 15 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina without visa under condition that they hold multiple Schengen visa or European Union member state visa or residence permit of the Schengen Agreement country/ European Union member state and only if they enter BiH from the Schengen Agreement country, European Union member state or from the country with which BiH has readmission agreement in force.
Diplomatic, service or ordinary passport holders accredited with the Department of Diplomatic Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have been issued a special ID card, are visa exempt for entry/transit/stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Citizens of all other countries require entry visa when entering Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Detailed information on visa regime and visa Application Form www.mvp.gov.ba and www.sps.gov.ba
2. VISA REQUIREMENTS
To obtain a visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the following documents should be personally submitted in the Embassy:
1. Valid passport (should be valid at least 90 days after the visa expiry date)
2. Visa Application – filled in and signed – without corrections
3. Recent passport photograph
4. Valid visa or other document which proofs legal status in Japan
5. Consular fee in accordance with the Price List of Consular Services
In addition, the following items should be presented depending on reasons for applying:
A. If you are travelling for business purpose:
– Letter from employer stating the purpose of your trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina;
– Invitation Letter www.sps.gov.ba issued upon a Request for Verification of the
Invitation Letter www.sps.gov.ba from a domestic or foreign legal person (registered in BiH) from Bosnia and Herzegovina, verified by the Field Office of the Ministry of Security of BiH. The letter should contain details of the invitee, including the passport number as well as a declaration that the inviter is going to provide room, apartment or other means of stay, cover costs of hospitalization and medication, provide support and pay for all other costs that may occur during the stay of the foreigner in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pay for costs of placing the alien under supervision, voluntary leaving of the country or forced expulsion, as well as all other costs of the alien exiting from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
B. If you are travelling as a tourist:
– Travel itinerary with accommodation details or a copy of a return flight ticket.
– Copy of a bank statement – proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses during your stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
C. If you are visiting friends/family:
– Invitation Letter www.sps.gov.ba issued upon a Request for Verification of the Invitation Letter www.sps.gov.ba from a citizen or a foreigner (who is legally residing in BiH) you intend to visit, verified by the Field Office of the Ministry of Security of BiH. The letter should contain details of both the inviter and of the invitee, including the passport number as well as a declaration that the inviter is going to provide provide room, apartment or other means of stay, cover costs of hospitalization and medication, provide support and pay for all other costs that may occur during the stay of the foreigner in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pay for costs of placing the alien under supervision, voluntary leaving of the country or forced expulsion, as well as all other costs of the alien exiting from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Note: Applications should be made at least 30 days prior to your intended departure date.
Processing fees are for handling your application only, you will not be reimbursed in case your application is refused.
Japanese citizens DO NOT REQUIRE a visa for entry and stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina of up to 90 days within a period of six months.
All foreigners, regardless of whether they require a visa, may be asked at the point of entry to demonstrate financial sufficiency during their intended stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina (75 EUR or the equivalent in KM (Bosnian Konvertible Mark per day).
All applicants are required to complete an interview at the Embassy and submit the following documents:
• Passport (valid at least 3 months following the visa expiry date);
• A completed Visa Application Form (no corrections please);
• One passport size photo;
Visa applicants are obligated to submit the requested personal and biometric data and other required information. The applicants are required to use the prescribed form, which must be completed correctly and in its entirety.
The Embassy may request an applicant to submit evidence of real estate (property) ownership, or permanent income in the country of origin or the country of departure, or evidence of university attendance, or the like, as proof that the applicant will leave Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Embassy may request additional clarification of the submitted documents and information.
If an application is incomplete the applicants will be given 15 days to provide the missing information and/or documents. This will extend the time for the decision on a visa application.
Visa application charges are not refundable.
Foreigners can be requested at the point of entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina to present all the relevant documents on the basis of which a visa was issued.
A visa does not guarantee entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina!
TYPES OF VISAS
VISA B – Transit Visa
Transit Visa (Visa B) is issued for one or two (or exceptionally more) transits via Bosnia and Herzegovina’s territory. Total time during one transit cannot exceed five days. Visa B may be valid up to a maximum of six months.
Visa B supporting documents:
• Documentation on basis of which it can be reasonable to conclude a purpose for the transit through Bosnia and Herzegovina,
• Visas of the next transit country and destination country (If some visas are not required, then provide written evidence of visa exemption from the competent Embassy or Consulate).
• Means of transport.
• Evidence of sufficient funds (personal bank statements, pay slips, audited accounts, taxation records or credit card limit) for accommodation and support during the transit, travel to third country, medical costs, etc.
• Documentation showing an incentive and authority to return to home country.
VISA C – Short Term Visa
Short Term Visa (Visa C) is for single or multiple entries. Stay cannot exceed 90 days in the period of six months beginning from the day of the first entry. Visa C may be valid up to a maximum of one year, exceptionally more. Visa C is issued for trips related to business, education training, tourism, private affairs, politics, science, sport, religion or other purposes.
Visa C supporting documents:
• 1.Purpose of visit:
o An original Letter of invitation from a citizen/resident of Bosnia and
o A Voucher of a travel agency (confirmation of paid accommodation, transport,
o An Official invitation to international competition from national sport
o A court or the other official invitation for a judicial procedure in Bosnia and Herzegovina
o Education enrolment certificate from Bosnia and Herzegovina; OR
o Other appropriate documentation on the basis of which the purpose and Herzegovina (or exceptionally a foreigner with a permit to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina one year or more, for family reunion purposes only), or an original Letter of invitation from a Bosnia and Herzegovina business partner or foreign business partner registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Local Ministry of Security’s Department for Foreigners in Bosnia and Herzegovina must verify all Letters of invitation. A Letter must include a guarantee that all expenses of the invited person related to stay in and departure from Bosnia and Herzegovina will be covered;
OR medical/travel insurance) signed and stamped, hotel or other accommodation payment confirmation, etc.;
OR organization or Olympic Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
OR conditions of intended stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be ascertained
• 2.Confirmation of accommodation:
o Appropriate documentation from Paragraph 1. (if used to satisfy that
o Proof of rent or property ownership in Bosnia and Herzegovina; OR
o Other appropriate documentation on which basis it can be ascertained that requirement);
OR accommodation in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be provided.
Exceptionally, an applicant can be exempt of this requirement if evidence
of sufficient funds (personal bank statements, pay slips, audited accounts,
taxation records or credit card limit) for accommodation, support, travel,
medical costs, etc., is provided.
• 3.Sufficient funds to cover the cost of stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to return to
home country or travel to a third country:
o An original Letter of invitation from Paragraph 1 (if used to satisfy that
o Cash in convertible currency; OR
o Non-cash means of payment (travel cheques, credit cards, etc.) acceptable by
o Personal bank statements or pay slips; OR
o Confirmation of accommodation and organised travel; OR
o Other appropriate documentation on the basis of which it can be ascertained
Bosnia and Herzegovina banks (confirmation from a bank is required); OR
that sufficient funds are available.
• 4.Means of transport and an incentive to return to home country:
o Return travel ticket; OR
o Proof of ownership of passenger motor vehicle (if used for the travel); OR
o Employment certificate, education enrolment certificate, or other document
o Other documentation demonstrating an incentive and ability to return to home
confirming social or professional status; OR country.
VISA D – Long Term Visa
Long Term Visa (Visa D) is for single or multiple entries. Stay cannot exceed 180 days in the period of one year beginning from the day of the first entry. Visa D may be valid up to maximum of one year, exceptionally more. To obtain Visa D, applicants are obligated to submit the same documents as for Visa C, but the documents must demonstrate the need to stay longer than 90 days.