When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help you prepare for your trip.

CULTURE

Bosnia and Herzegovina is an ideal place to visit for the adventure seeker. It is the true crossroads between East and West and many will be enchanted by the contrasting cultures. While you may not find top of the range western style services and facilities, you will find people to be warm and friendly with tourists. Bosnians will actually go out of heir way to help you and it is not unusual to be invited in for a coffee or ten.

The official Languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina are Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian but while local people attach great importance to the name of these languages, in practical terms, they are as close to each other as British and American English although signs may be in Cyrillic alphabet in Serbian speaking areas of the country. Some of the most common Bosnian phrases you may find useful to know when visiting are:

• Dobar dan – Hello/ Good Day
• Zdravo – Hi
• Do viđenja / ćao / Zdravo – Good Bye
• Da/Ja – Yes
• Ne neh – No
• Molim – Please
• Hvala – Thank you
• Da li govorite engleski? – Do you speak English?
• Otvoreno / Zatvoreno – Open / Closed
• Muškarci / Žene - Gents / Ladies
• Kamp / Campsite


You can also refer to our Croatia and Serbia pages for common phrases if visiting Croatian or Serbian speaking areas of Bosnia.

Many people, especially young people, speak English; though attempting basic greetings in the local language will be considered as polite and appreciated. We therefore recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay.

CURRENCY

The currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the convertible mark (Konvertibilna Maraka or KM). The KM is pegged to the Euro (1.95 KM for 1 Euro). Most shops will accept payment in Euro bills, using a 1 to 2 ratio, but expect your change to be in KM.

Banking Hours
Bank are generally open Monday to Friday, 0800 hrs to 1900 hrs. Some banks are open on Saturday (normally from 0900 hrs to 1200 hrs).

Credit Cards & ATM
There are many ATMs in all major towns and cities and British pounds and other major currencies can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change. They also swap your leftover KMs back into any of these main currencies.

Although credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are increasingly accepted in major towns, you should not rely on them. Make sure you have all the cash you need before leaving major towns, as it is next to impossible to find ATMs or anybody who accepts credit card payments in smaller towns and villages.

Traveller's cheques are not widely accepted and it can prove difficult to exchange them.