Bosnia and Herzegovina no longer has the status of a “safe country”, what does this mean for travel?

Photo: Shutterstock / Dmitry Kaminskis

Photo: Shutterstock / Dmitry Kaminskis

The European Union has abolished the “safe state” status of Bosnia and Herzegovina in terms of travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the last country in the region to be removed from the list of “safe countries”.

During the month of September, the countries of the region were deprived of this state due to the increase in the number of infected, which means that citizens of the countries of the region can no longer travel to the European Union. , unless they have an important reason.

Irrelevant travel to the European Union from third countries is subject to temporary restrictions based on EU recommendations, which are based on monitoring the epidemiological picture in third countries.

Despite the restrictions proposed by the EU, which often refer to the total ban on tourist travel from countries with a high incidence, EU member states are free to remove / not impose these temporary restrictions on fully vaccinated passengers.

This means that you will be able to enter many EU countries in Bosnia and Herzegovina if you are fully vaccinated with doses recognized by the European regulator.

“Safe countries” are those with up to 75 infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, and according to the latest Foreign Ministry data from seven days ago, Bosnia and Herzegovina has more than 200 infected per 100,000. inhabitants, which means that it definitely does not meet the most important condition of the European Union to travel to the member countries of the alliance.

In addition to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova has lost its “safe country” status with the new updated list, while Chile, Kuwait and Rwanda have been added to the list. The Council of the European Union updates this list every two weeks.

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