The Bosnia and Herzegovina residents have an exemption to travel across Europe without a visa under the Schengen Agreement. However, recent attacks in Paris have posed security risks to the Schengen borders. The European Commission plans to resolve these concerns by introducing the ETIAS visa waiver by the beginning of January 2022. While the EU Commission approved the Travel Authorization Framework in 2016, it will effectively begin by the end of the coming year.

After the inauguration of the ETIAS, all travelers to Bosnia and Herzegovina will be eligible to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver. Visitors must apply for a short-stay ETIAS visa before traveling to any EU Member State or Schengen country.

The ETIAS travel authorization has a 3-year validity and will enable multiple entries to travelers from Bosnia and Herzegovina who wish to visit Europe. The Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors can travel within the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days with each entry. However, they must leave the Schengen area once the time has expired. The implementation of the ETIAS is part of the EU's multilateral initiative to screen all visitors entering the region, identify potential threats, and safeguard the Schengen borders.

Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors can apply for the ETIAS travel authorization via a simple online application, which will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The online model of the ETIAS makes it a hassle- free for the applicants who can apply for the visa from the comfort of their homes. Applicants do not need to visit the embassy physically or wait in a long queue for visa applications. Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors must apply for the ETIAS prior to departure to the destination country.

However, visitors should remember that the ETIAS is not a visa. Instead, it is a visa waiver that allows for multiple entries into Europe for 90-day short trips for purposes such as business, tourism, medical, or transit.

What do Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors need to travel to Europe?

The Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors can travel to Europe visa-free and stay up to 90-days until next year. However, this visa exemption will revoke once the ETIAS visa waiver comes into effect. After which, all visitors who wish to travel and stay in the Schengen area must apply for a travel authorization.

The ETIAS visa waiver is a multiple entry visa. It enables the visa holders to spend 90-days within a 180-day period in any Schengen member state. The ETIAS has a validity of 3-years from its issue date, and travelers do not need to apply for a visa for every short trip to Europe. Visitors can visit the Schengen area for medical, tourism, transit, and business purposes with an ETIAS visa.

All Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors over 18 years of age must apply for the ETIAS visa waiver after 2022 if they want to travel to any European country. However, the individuals who wish to visit Europe for other purposes such as for employment, education, or immigration should apply for a travel appropriate visa at the consulate of the country they wish to travel to.

What are the requirements for Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors to enter Europe?

All the visitors traveling to the EU, including the Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors who want to travel or stay in any Schengen Member State, should comply with the ETIAS criteria for access to the region.

All Bosnia and Herzegovina passport holders must fulfill the following ETIAS requirements in order to apply for the visa waiver.

  • a valid passport with a minimum validity of 3 months from the date of arrival in the region.
  • An email address to get updates of the ETIAS process and also receive an authorized visa waiver.
  • Valid debit or credit card to pay for the service fees.

The online application will require the following information from all applicants.

  • Name of the applicant.
  • Gender.
  • Birthdate and place.
  • Nationality of the applicant.
  • Passport number of a valid passport.
  • Current address.
  • Phone number.
  • Passport issue and expiry date.

Visitors applying for an ETIAS visa must also respond to questions about education, travel records, jobs, and health problems. All applications will pass screening against multiple European databases such as VIS, Interpol, SIS, and Europol before the applicants receive the approved ETIAS.

Travel to Europe from the Bosnia and Herzegovina on the ETIAS visa.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors must present the ETIAS-linked passport to the airport officials in order to board the flight and again to the border control officials upon arrival. Residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina with double citizenship must travel with the passport that is linked to the ETIAS visa waiver since the travel authorization is connected to the permit by means of a passport number. In case the passport gets lost, stolen, or expires, the ETIAS also becomes null and void and the ETIAS holder can no longer use it. Hence, he must reapply for the ETIAS visa waiver after getting a new passport. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina can travel within the Schengen borders for transit, tourism, and business trips with an ETIAS visa waiver. However, if any Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors wish to study or work in Europe, they may do so with a Schengen visa. The visitors also need to apply for a travel appropriate visa at the consulate of the country in question.

ETIAS FOR BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA – FAQ

How many days can Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors spend in Europe with the ETIAS?

The ETIAS visa waiver policy applies to all travelers arriving in the Schengen region, including Bosnia and Herzegovina allowing them to remain in the area only for a certain number of days. According to the ETIAS travel authorization, visitors are not permitted to remain in Europe even for a day exceeding 90-days. Once the visitors have fulfilled their trip, they have to depart the territory immediately. They may either return to Bosnia and Herzegovina or travel to another non-EU country without transiting via the Schengen borders. Besides, the ETIAS visa waiver is available for up to 3 years as long as the applicant's passport stays valid. If the ETIAS-linked passport expires first, the visa waiver will become unacceptable for European travel. In this case, the applicant must register for a new ETIAS application with a different passport number. The ETIAS travel authorization allows the Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors unlimited access to Europe during its 3-year validity without exceeding the 90-day period within the 180-day duration. The visitors must leave the Schengen area without fail after the 90-day time period expires. The visitors who fail to comply with ETIAS terms will become liable to heavy penalties, deportation, and even revocation of the ETIAS visa waiver. However, after spending 90-days outside the Schengen area, visitors can regain access to Europe by providing proof of travel.

Which countries can Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors travel to with the ETIAS visa waiver?

ETIAS visa waiver allows the Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors to travel and stay in all territories that fall under the Schengen agreement. They can travel without a visa within the Schengen borders numerous times until the expiry of the ETIAS or the relevant passport, whichever happens first. The travel authorization enables the visitors to travel for tourism, business, or transit and stay all over the Schengen area for consecutive 90-days within a 180-day period. The Schengen area encompasses France, Austria, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Liechtenstein, Finland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, and the Vatican City. Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot fly to the following non-Schengen EU countries with the ETIAS visa waiver. These are Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, and the United Kingdom.

Does ETIAS allow Bosnia and Herzegovina residents to work in Europe?

The Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors cannot work in Europe on the ETIAS visa waiver. The ETIAS is not a visa and cannot facilitate travel for any purpose other than stopovers, trade or leisure. Any visitor found violating the ETIAS policy may face heavy penalties, revocation of the ETIAS or ban from future application for the visa waiver. The Bosnia and Herzegovina residents who wish to travel to Europe for employment, may work in Europe legally. They need to apply for a work related visa at the embassy of the Schengen member state.

Does ETIAS allow Bosnia and Herzegovina residents to study in Europe?

No. The ETIAS visa waiver does not allow educational activities for the Bosnia and Herzegovina visitors during their Europe trip. All visitors must understand that the ETIAS is not a visa, but a travel authorization system that allows visitors to stay for short trips in Europe, for a maximum of 90-days. Visitors may only use the ETIAS for tourism across the EU, business trips, or transfer across the Schengen borders. However, the ETIAS exempts the Bosnian and Herzegovina students to join any seminar, workshops, or educational courses that do not exceed 90-days. Visitors wishing to stay in any of the Schengen states on a long-term basis must apply for a travel appropriate visa at the embassy. Besides, all Bosnian and Herzegovina students will benefit from the ETIAS once it comes into effect in 2022. Students seeking to obtain a degree in education within the Schengen region would benefit from the ETIAS, which will allow them to fly around Europe, visit various universities and choose from a range of choices. Upon finalization of the institution and enrollment, students must apply for a student visit at the embassy of the Schengen Member State in which they wish to attend college.