Bosnia And Herzegovina Travel Information
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
230 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.
Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian are the official languages. English and German are also widely spoken and understood.
There are no serious health risks in Bosnia and Herzegovina but vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A and B, as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Medical facilities are limited, especially outside Sarajevo and major towns, so travellers should make sure they have adequate health insurance.
Tips of up to 10 percent are expected in high-end restaurants but only if guests are completely satisfied with the service. It's normal to round up the bill and possibly add a bit extra at bars and cafes, and for taxis.
Most visits to Bosnia and Herzegovina are trouble free but there is an underlying threat from terrorism and attacks could occur in places frequented by travellers. Visitors should take normal precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing, and should avoid public demonstrations. Unmarked landmines and unexploded ordnance present a risk, especially in the countryside and in isolated mountainous areas.
Bosnians observe very traditional hosting etiquette, often offering guests cigarettes, coffee and sweets. Many locals are keen to talk about the war era and how the country has changed since then, but foreigners should generally listen in these situations, rather than offer opinions. It's polite to remove shoes before entering a home or, in many cases, s hostel or guesthouse, and both sexes should cover legs and shoulders when entering a mosque or church. Smoking is acceptable in most places.
Business people tend to dress well in Bosnia, choosing the latest styles from Italy. Men opt for ties and dark formal suits, while women often wear dress suits with matching tops and bottoms. Punctuality creates a good impression so it's important for foreigners to arrive on time or slightly early, even though their Bosnian counterparts may be late. Business is conducted in quite a formal manner and shaking hands is a common greeting. Foreigners should use appropriate titles when greeting business people and allow some time for social discussion before turning the conversation to business. Business cards are required and translation facilities are available on request.
The international access code for Bosnia and Herzegovina is +387. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Travellers can purchase local SIM cards for unlocked phones and almost all hotels and most cafes offer free WiFi.
Travellers may import 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco, 1 litre of spirits over 22 percent and 2 litres of wine, 60ml of perfume and gifts to the value of around US$ 113 without incurring customs duty.
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