While Bosnia and Herzegovina often gets overshadowed by other tourist destinations in Europe, it is quickly gaining steam and is becoming known as a ski destination and developing a reputation for its ecotourism. It’s also known for its cultural, historical and religious tourist destinations, offering travellers unique attractions to visit. In fact, the World Tourism Organization predicts that the country will experience the third-highest tourism growth rate in the world between 1995 and 2020. Sarajevo, the country’s capital city and home to the 1984 Winter Olympics, was rated as the Best City to Visit by Foxnomads, and it won a number of other tourism awards.
Perhaps the most appealing part of the country, especially for thrill-seekers, is that it has one of the last untapped regions of the Southern Alps, providing travellers with the opportunity to experience nature in an untouched state. Whether you are visiting for skiing, ecotourism or to see the historical sites, every trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina should include investing in a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
Travel advice for Bosnia and Herzegovina
A valid passport is required to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Make sure your passport is stamped on entry or you may have issues when you leave the country. Tourist, business and student visas are not required for trips of up to 90 days. You must register with local police within 24 hours of arrival in the country. If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel staff will register you when you check in.
If you plan on driving, an international driving permit is recommended but not required. The economy is mainly cash-based, and the currency that is widely accepted is the convertible mark (KM). ATMs are widely available and some credit cards are accepted in major cities.
Minor earthquakes are common, and there’s a risk of flooding in the spring and after heavy rain at any time of year. Since the climate in the county is similar to that in Canada – warm summers and cold, snowy winters – the best time of the year to visit depends on the activities you want to participate in during your stay.
Top places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo should be on the top of your list of places to see. The city has an Ottoman look, with many shops, mosques and squares to visit. During your stay, also consider visiting the Old Bridge of Mostar, waterfall in Jajce, Una National Park, Blagaj on the Bunar River, Kravice Waterfalls, Hutovo blato nature park, the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge and the Tunnel of Hope – a symbol of the siege of Sarajevo during the last war. Built under the airport runway, it is a must-see.
Travel insurance for trips to Bosnia and Herzegovina
When travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina or any other country in Europe, it’s important to invest in vacation travel insurance to ensure you and your family have access to travel assistance and coverage if your travel plans are interrupted or if you require emergency medical assistance. At Blue Cross, we are available 24/7 to help you with all your travel needs. This is why Canadians rely on us for their health and financial security, at home and abroad. Get a free quote online for travel insurance for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|Population (2012):||3,833,916||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Bosnian , Croatian , Serbian|
|Diesel (2012):||1.62||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||1.59||1.23 (2013)|