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Is Bosnia and Herzegovina a safe travel destination?

We regularly get questions from travelers who want to know: Is Bosnia and Herzegovina safe? Can I travel here with peace of mind? Let us dispel these concerns right away: Bosnia-Herzegovina is a safe travel destination!


The crime rate in Bosnia-Herzegovina is low, and you have nothing to fear when you go exploring. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, can occur in Sarajevo or other tourist-heavy cities. If you are traveling in your own car, we recommend that you leave it in a guarded parking lot or garage—cars with foreign license plates can sometimes be targets of burglaries or car theft. But that’s about it.

So you see: In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the same safety precautions apply to your safety that you would take anywhere else!


Although many areas of Bosnia-Herzegovina are now mine-free, we strongly recommend that you stay on designated trails when hiking. Around Sarajevo, you no longer have anything to worry about, but in other parts of the country there may still be landmines. So you are welcome to explore on your own without a guide—but please keep to the appropriate markings.

The same goes for ruins and abandoned buildings, of course. We know: Lost places are really exciting and thrilling to explore. But of course they are not safe! It certainly goes without saying that rummaging around in buildings that have been under heavy shelling and sniper fire is at your own risk.

That being said, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a totally safe destination, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy your time here to the fullest!