Bosnia and Herzegovina

Capital Sarajevo

Population 3,531,159

Area 51,209 km2

Key facts

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country located in Southern Europe. There are 3 countries (Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia) that Bosnia and Herzegovina shares its borders with. As for languages, the country’s residents speak Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

The national currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark (BAM). The convertible marks (KM) is subdivided into 100 fening.

Bosnian, Herzegovinian
Banknotes

KM10KM20KM50KM100KM200

Bosnian, Herzegovinian
Coins

5102050KM1KM2KM5

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Bosnia and Herzegovina is 69.36 Mbps and mobile is 36.58 Mbs.The global average is 187.01 Mbps and 128.37 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Bosnia and Herzegovina has more ATMs.58.19 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Bosnia and Herzegovina without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, Bosnia and Herzegovina will celebrate 4 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 11 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The next one May Day / International Workers’ Day will take place on May 1.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024 New Year’s DayNova Godina
January 2, 2024 New Year’s DayNova Godina
January 6, 2024 Christmas Eve (Orthodox)Božić (za pravoslavce) Regional holiday
January 7, 2024 Christmas Day (Orthodox)Božić (za pravoslavce) Regional holiday
March 1, 2024 Idependence dayDan nezavisnosti Bosne i Hercegovine Regional holiday
May 1, 2024 May Day / International Workers’ DayPraznik rada
May 2, 2024 May Day / International Workers’ DayPraznik rada
May 3, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayVeliki petak Regional holiday
May 5, 2024Moving holiday Easter SundayVaskrs (Uskrs) Regional holiday
May 6, 2024Moving holiday Easter MondayVaskrsni (Uskrsni) ponedeljak Regional holiday
May 9, 2024 Victory Day over fascismDan pobjede nad fašizmom Regional holiday
November 21, 2024 Day of the establishment of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in BiH Dan uspostavljanja Opšteg okvirnog sporazuma za mir u BiH Regional holiday
November 25, 2024 Statehood DayDan državnosti Bosne i Hercegovine Regional holiday
December 24, 2024 Christmas Eve (Roman Catholic)Božić (za rimokatolike) Regional holiday
December 25, 2024 Christmas Day (Roman Catholic)Božić (za rimokatolike) Regional holiday

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

There are Mariott hotels in Mostar.

There are no Hilton hotels in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

There are no IHG hotels in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

There are no Best Western hotels in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

There are no Radisson hotels in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What fast food chains are present in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The KFC chain does not operate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Subway chain does not operate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Weather

What is the weather like in Sarajevo?

Today the sun in Sarajevo, rises at 5:57 AM and sets at 7:33 PM. The climate of Sarajevo may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayApr 18RainLow: 2.2°C (35.96°F)High: 10.1°C (50.18°F)
FridayApr 19OvercastLow: 0.6°C (33.08°F)High: 10.4°C (50.72°F)
SaturdayApr 20RainLow: -0.1°C (31.82°F)High: 11.4°C (52.52°F)
SundayApr 21Heavy snowLow: 0.5°C (32.9°F)High: 5.3°C (41.54°F)
MondayApr 22DrizzleLow: 0.9°C (33.62°F)High: 10.6°C (51.08°F)
TuesdayApr 23Rain showersLow: 2.8°C (37.04°F)High: 9.9°C (49.82°F)

Weather data for Sarajevo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt are available, but Hertz is not present in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.0, Bosnia and Herzegovina is placed 90th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Bosnia and Herzegovina traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  111.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 13.50 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Bosnia and Herzegovina

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 17.

Alcohol allowance

  • 2 litres of table wine
  • 1 litre of liquour or spirits with more than 22% of alcohol (of 2 litres of strong wine, champagne or any other beverage)

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 250 grams of tobacco
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