VISA & RESIDENCE PERMIT

Nationals of the following states may enter into Bosnia and Herzegovina with a passport or a valid identity card proving identity and citizenship of: 

  • Member State of the European Union
  • State signatory to the Schengen Agreement
  • Andorra, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia, the Holy See and Swiss Confederation

Detailed information on countries and visa regime when traveling toward Bosnia and Herzegovina is given on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Below you can check if your home country has representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (embassy or consulate) and if not, which country is your contact. Blue pins show the country with embassy or consulate of Bosnia and Herzegovina in that country. Red pins mark those countries that doesn’t have embassy or consulate of Bosnia and Herzegovina and connects where the representation for your country is.

  • Due to the COVID19 situation, all nationals have to check regulations toward entering Bosnia and Herzegovina for different purposes.

Incoming students and staff members who need visa to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina will need to communicate with the embassy or consulate of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their country (usually in the capital city). Make sure that some embassies are part of the regional representatives and might not be in your home country.

  • Incoming students who do not need visa and staying for educational purposes longer than 90 days will need to regulate their residence permit.
  • Incoming staff members who do not need visa and staying less than 90 days (for teaching or training purposes app 5-10 days) do not require regulation of residence permit.
  • Incoming staff members who do not need visa and staying longer than 90 days will need to regulate their residence permit and working visa (for teaching purposes).

Regulating your residence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

As in every country in the world, Bosnia and Herzegovina has its own regulations when it come to foreign entering and exiting. As an exchange student/staff who will stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina longer than 90 days for academic/teaching purposes, you will need to regulate your residence permit. This is done in two steps:

1 White card

2 Residence permit


1 White card

This document is issued upon your arrival. If your are staying in the hotel/hostel/ then this document should be issued by the accommodation provider. If you are staying in private accommodation this documents needs to be issued by Foreign Affaires Office by previously submitting needed documents:

  • proof of accommodation 
  • landlord’s identification document – ID (copy)
  • your identification document – passport (copy) and
  • payment of 10,00 BAM (KM) for administration taxes

After finishing getting the statement, with all documents you go to the Foreign Affaires office to submit your request for the White card. White card is issued instantly.


2 Residence permit

Residence permit is a document that regulates your staying as a exchange student for the purpose and period of education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is required to be issued in the first month of students/staff arrival. This document is issued by the Office for Foreigners Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In order to obtain this permit, you need to collect certain documents and bring it personally to the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina (same office where you previously got White card)..

Documents that are required are listed on the official website of Office for Foreigners Affairs.

Please check our instructions on getting and preparing needed documents:

NOTE: All documents must be issued or translated on Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. If you are submitting documents in English or your homeland language, make sure to have translation on Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian language.


How to get to the Service for Foreigner Affairs?

Service of the Foreigners’ Affaires are placed at: Braće Mulića bb (bb stands for no number). You will notice black – glass building and official flags of Bosnia and Herzegovina next to it.

By taxi: depending from where are you leaving, from the Old Town Baščaršija until the offices the taxi should charge you approximately 15-18 KM. The price should be less if you live closer to the Office. Make sure that taxi-meter is turned on.

By trolleybus: make sure to catch the electric bus that goes towards Dobrinja. On the second-to-last station you’ll need to exit and walk approximately 800 meters back to the Service of the Foreigners’ Affairs.