The Embassy of Bosnia & Herzegovina in Abu Dhabi has consular responsibility for the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
A foreigner shall be considered to have entered Bosnia & Herzegovina once he/she has crossed the state border of Bosnia & Herzegovina, or passed the post where the border control is performed.
A foreigner may enter Bosnia & Herzegovina if he/she has a valid passport or other identification document that he/she may use for crossing the state border of Bosnia & Herzegovina, provided that its validity does not expire 90 days before the entry into the country.
Nationals of the United Arab Emirates are exempted from the visa requirements when entering, exiting or traveling through Bosnia and Herzegovina for up to 90 days.
From the 1st of September 2023 Nationals of the Kingdom of Bahrain are required to have valid visa to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Citizens of the European Union Member States, citizens of countries that signed Schengen Agreement and citizens of Andorra, Montenegro, Lichtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia, Holly See and Switzerland can use their Identity Cards as a travel document to enter, exit and pass over BiH.
Foreigners who have multiple Schengen visa or European Union member state visa or residence permit of the Schengen Agreement country or European Union member state, or USA Visa can travel from the UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain to Bosnia and Herzegovina and stay up to 30 days.
Diplomatic, service or ordinary passport holders accredited with the Department of Diplomatic Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and who have been issued a special card, is visa exempted for entry/transit/stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A list of countries that are exempted from the visa regime is available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina or you can check the relevant decisions directly by clicking below:
Passport holders of other countries that are not exempted from visa regime must obtain a visa in order to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Visa applicants must submit their applications in person and schedule appointment for visa.
Standard visa processing time is up to 30 days, meaning you must not schedule the appointment within 30 days before departure date.
THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS WHEN VISA PROCESSING TIME IS LONGER OR WHEN Invitation Letter IS MANDATORY from a Bosnia and Herzegovina citizen or resident (or exceptionally a foreigner with a permit to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina one year or more) the applicant intends to visit, certified by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Service for Foreigner’s Affairs, IN THAT CASE YOU WILL BE INFORMED BY EMAIL AND YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
Please be advised this is an appointment for 1 (one) visa application. If you want to lodge more applications, use the Next button to schedule more appointments.
If any document is missing or the application form is not fully prepared (questions answered) the application will be rejected and you must make a new appointment.
Please do not send your application by email or post!
Once a Visa is ready for collection you will receive a notification. Please do not come to the Embassy if you did not receive a notification!
To schedule the appointment click on the link below:
All applicants are required to complete an interview at the Embassy and submit the following documents:
- Valid passport of applicant and copy of the passport
- One passport size picture 35×45mm
- Visa Application Form (completed and signed) Download: VISA APPLICATION FORM
- Copy of a valid Residence permit for the United Arab Emirates (EID)
- Copy of round trip ticket or itinerary
- Travel insurance – Mandatory standard insurance that covers the amount of 30,000 EUR OR 50,000 USD
In addition to the above, the following documents must be presented for:
Visa C (short-term visa)
Purpose of visit:
- If traveling as a tourist:
- Voucher of a travel agency (confirmation of paid accommodation, transport, medical/travel insurance) signed and stamped, hotel or other accommodation payment stating that trip has been paid in full
- NOC letter from company or sponsor
- Copy of bank statement last 3 months
- Children below 18 years need to present birth certificate
2) If visiting friends and/or relatives:
- Invitation Letter from a Bosnia and Herzegovina citizen or resident (or exceptionally a foreigner with a permit to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina one year or more) the applicant intends to visit, certified by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Service for Foreigner’s Affairs
3) If traveling for business:
- Letter from employer stating the purpose of the trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, or
2. Invitation Letter from a company in Bosnia and Herzegovina, certified by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Service for Foreigner’s Affairs.
4) If travelling for sport contest:
- An Official invitation to international competition from national sport organization or Olympic Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
5) If travelling for judicial procedure:
- A court or the other official invitation for a judicial procedure in Bosnia and Herzegovina
6) If travelling for education:
- Education admission certificate from Bosnia and Herzegovina Education Institution
Visa type C consular fees:
- 60 Euro for single entry-238 AED
- 60 Euro for multiple entries-238 AED
Visa D (long-term visa)
Long Term Visa (Visa D) is being issued with multiple entries. A Stay cannot exceed 180 days in the period of one year beginning from the day of the first entry. To obtain Visa D applicants are obligated to submit the Invitation Letter certified by the Ministry of Security – Service for Foreigner’s Affairs :
1) For family reunification: Invitation Letter of a relative or a friend from Bosnia and Herzegovina certified by the Ministry of Security – Service for Foreigner’s Affairs
2) For work: Invitation Letter from the company in Bosnia and Herzegovina certified by the Ministry of Security – Service for Foreigners’ Affairs; as well as work permit issued by relevant authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
Visa type D consular fee:
- 95 Euro for multiple entries-376 AED
The Embassy reserves the right to request additional documentation!
A visa does not guarantee entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina!
Foreigners may be requested at the border entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina to present all the relevant documents on the basis of which a visa was issued.
For the applicants of the United Arab Emirates, all payments are done in the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Abu Dhabi with a Visa or Master card only, the embassy do not accept payments in cash. For the applicants of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the payments can be done through wire transfer on the below account details:
Bank name: FAB UAE
Swift Code: NBADAEAAXXX
Branch: Main Branch
Account Name: Embassy of Bosnia Herzegovina
Account Number: 1421003056081022
Account Currency: AED