THE MOST FREQUENT QUESTIONS_1_ by hcj

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									                               Most Frequent Questions

1. What do BiH citizens need when travelling to BiH on an Australian passport?
   Visa Types and requirements:

2. Exceptional Cases Visa Requirements
       a) Can I obtain a visa if a person is about to pass away and has been discharged
           from hospital (what document is to be submitted)? Why cannot a specialist’s
           letter be submitted to prove a serious illness? Why cannot a hospital referral be
           submitted?
       b) Can I obtain a visa at the border in case of emergency?

3. Where in Bosnia and Herzegovina I can have a visa extended?

4. Is there any situation when I can travel on two passports?

5. What documents are required to get various Letters of Authorisation and what is the
   procedure?

6. Are there regulations on dual citizenship?

7. Are children born in Australia (parents originally from BiH) entitled to BiH citizenship
   and what are the requirements?

8. What are the advantages of a dual citizenship?

9. Is Army Service compulsory for persons with dual citizenship?

10. How can the Embassy staff be contacted:
Postal Address
E-mail Address
Tel/ Fax:
Web site:

11. Do I need a visa although I was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

12. Do I need a visa if I am a BiH citizen?

13. I do not have time to wait for the visa here. Can I get it elsewhere in Europe?

14. I do not have time to wait for the visa here. Can I get it at the BiH border?

15. Why do I need a letter of guarantee stating that someone is going to look after me
    during my stay in BiH when the persons signing the letter can hardly support
    themselves and therefore I am going to support them financially?

16. I am both Australian and BiH citizen with both passports. Can I leave Australia on the
    Australian passport and enter Bosnia and Herzegovina on the BiH one?
        a. When flying from Australia and landing at one of the airports in Bosnia and
            Herzegovina
        b. When flying from Australia and landing in one of the neighbouring countries

17. Why does it take so long to process a visa when in the past we used to get the visas at
    once without a letter of guarantee?
18. Why do I need a valid BiH passport when you used to recognize other documents? Can
    I not have my signature stamped if I have a valid ID or a BiH Birth Certificate or a
    Citizenship Certificate?

19. How long can I stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina per entry and what does a 6 /12 month
    visa entitle me to?

20. What medicines can be taken into Bosnia and Herzegovina?

21. What can be imported into Bosnia and Herzegovina duty free if I obtain a Certificate
    on the Length of Stay in Australia
        a. Can I import a car from a European country? (if not why not)

22. As I cannot obtain a certificate on the length of stay in Australia necessary for the
    Customs Clearance Certificate prior to the return to Bosnia and Herzegovina, what
    documents are to be submitted as a proof that I am leaving this country to return to
    Bosnia and Herzegovina?

23. According to your instruction I had the letter of authorization stamped by the Notary
    Public and then with Appostille stamp, however, I faced a problem as they said that
    they only recognized the Embassy stamp? Whom should I contact and which regulation
    should I quote?

24. What is meant by temporary stay, what is the procedure to have one approved as well
    as extended?

25. If I have either an Australian or BiH passport and want to travel to Monte Negro what
    do I need to enter and stay as a tourist without obtaining a visa?

26. How can one going to Bosnia and Herzegovina to take over a property and has no one
    to send him/her a letter of guarantee obtain a visa?

27. Do Australian and New Zealand citizens need a transit visa through Neum when
    travelling to Croatia?


                               Questions and Answers:

1. What do BiH citizens need when travelling to BiH on an Australian passport?
   Visa Types and Requirements:

1. Persons traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina on an Australian/New Zealand passport
   need a visa. Visa types and the requirements:
A - Transit Visa
B - Tourist Visa
C - Student Visa
D - Medical Treatment Visa
E - Family Visa
F - Work Visa
G - Investor’s Visa
H - Business Visa
I - Visa at the Border
J - Humanitarian Visa
K - Special Visas
    Special Visas are granted to diplomatic and service passport holders and Lasser-Passer
    holders free of charge if requested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs /Embassy Note or UN
    or their relevant agency.

    A-Transit Visa
    A foreigner traveling from one country into another and passes through the territory may be
    granted a transit visa. Single entry transit visa is granted for a 7-day period. A two-entry
    transit visa can be granted for three months period however a single transit through BiH
    cannot be longer than 7 days.
    A copy of the third country visa or a proof that the visa is not required is to be submitted
    with the transit visa application.

     B-Visitor Visa
     A foreigner traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina as a tourist may be granted a visitor visa.
     Australian and New Zealand citizens paying a visit to a BiH citizen or permanent resident
     are to submit the following documents with the application:
                         - A Letter of Guarantee signed by a BiH citizen or a permanent
                            resident stamped by the competent body of the Ministry of Internal
                            Affairs in the place of residence of the Guarantor (the Letter can be
                            faxed).
                         - A proof of guarantee for repatriation
If a foreigner is making his arrangements through a Travel Agency the following documents
are to be submitted with the visa application:
                         - a copy of a Travel Agent Voucher as a confirmation of board and
                            lodging in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the return ticket)
An Embassy official may request a certificate on property ownership or steady income in the
country of origin, i.e. country of departure.
A Letter of Guarantee is a declaration of a BiH citizen or a permanent resident to provide
accommodation and support as well as cover medical and all other expenses of the foreigner
during his stay in BiH. Giving a false statement or refusing to fulfill obligations is considered
criminal offence. The letter must also have the visitor’s details including the name, date of
birth, sex, and passport No, length of stay as well as the purpose of the visit. The guarantor
must provide his personal details including address and telephone number as well as his
employment details with a declaration that no more than a third of his income is sufficient to
support the visitor. The Letter must be signed and stamped by the competent administration
body at the guarantor’s place of residence.
Repatriation guarantee is to be confirmed by submitting a return ticket or a ticket to another
country in case of a transit visa.

C- Student Visa is granted to a foreigner who wants to study at one of the Tertiary Studies
Institutions, or undertake post graduate studies or other vocational trainings within the
Organisation of Educational institutions or institutions on the BiH territory.
Student visa can only be granted for 3 months.
Foreigners applying for a student visa must submit a Confirmation of Enrolment as well as of
board and lodging.”

D- Visa for Medical Treatment
A foreigner who will undergo a medical treatment in a medical institution or a spa in Bosnia
and Herzegovina may be granted a visa for medical treatment. A letter of Confirmation of a
treatment from either a medical or a spa institution is to be submitted as well as a proof of
sufficient funds for the treatment are to be submitted with the visa application. The visa is
granted in accordance with the period of time required for the treatment and not longer than 3
months. If the application is for more than 3 months an Embassy official will recommend
temporary residence application.”
E-Family visa
A foreigner whose immediate family member is either a temporary or permanent resident in
BiH can be granted a family visa.
The following proofs are to be submitted with the application:
                      - that he is a member of immediate family of a temporary or
                           permanent BiH resident
                      - That the permanent or temporary resident has funds to cover all
                           visitor’s expenses and that is 50 KM per day minimum
Birth/Marriage or other Certificate is to be submitted to prove the family connection.
Bank statement or a certificate on steady income is to be submitted.
The following are considered Immediate Family Members:
    a) Spouse
    b) Children under 18 or dependants living in one household
    c) Dependent parents, and grandparents living in one household

F-Employment Visa
The visa is granted to a foreigner who is going to perform work in accordance with an
agreement on business and technical cooperation, long – term manufacturing cooperation,
technology introduction as well as on foreign investment into Bosnia and Herzegovina. A work
permit or equivalent document from a competent body is needed as well as a certificate from a
competent body that there is a demand for the skills that cannot be met from within the BiH
labour market. The visa entitles the bearer to stay in BiH up to three months.”

G- Visa for Investors
Investors visa is granted to a foreigner engaged into activities related to foreign investments
and trade or any other private business approved by a competent BiH/Entity body as well as to
independent investors and co-investors in the projects on which trade and technical
cooperation, long term production cooperation, transfer of technology and other forms of
foreign investment agreements have been signed.
The visa for investors must be obtained in an Embassy/Consular representation abroad on the
basis of the Relevant BiH/Entity Ministry Permission for a profitable business subject to tax.
The visa allows the bearer to stay until completion of the investment work and not longer than
a year or less than a year if the passport expires before then.
This is a multiple entry-exit visa.

H-Business Visa
Business visa is granted to foreigners traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina on business if
invited by an enterprise or other BiH business partner registered in BiH.
The invitation must contain meeting details including the venue, time and the business partner’s
guarantee to cover potential expenses of the invitee incurred on the territory of Bosnia and
Herzegovina as well as his travel expenses on departure from Bosnia and Herzegovina if not
covered by the foreigner himself. The invitation must be stamped by the competent Chamber of
Commerce. A business bank certificate on the BiH partner’s liability is to be enclosed. (faxed
copy is acceptable). The visa allows the bearer to stay until completion of business and not
longer than 3 months.

I-Visa at the Border
The visa can exceptionally be granted to a foreigner at the border crossing point. The visa is
granted by the State Border Police.
The visa can be granted at the border in the following cases:
    a) a foreigner traveling as a part of a group around the world tour
    b) international races or regattas participants
    c) in case of medical aid must be given on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    d) other humanitarian cases if approved by the Ministry
    e) in case Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a request to the SBP
In cases a) and b) the organizer of the trip is to submit a certified list of the group members
with their details including name, date of birth, citizenship and the passport number.
Two copies of the list are to be submitted and each group member must submit his passport to
prove his identity.
SBP Officer will verify, sign and stamp both copies of the list returning one to the group leader
and issue a group visa.
Visa request can be rejected at the BCP except in case of need for urgent medical assistance
and humanitarian reasons.

A visa will be rejected in the following cases:
    a) if the request is incomplete
    b) if the person is on the Interpol list
    c) if the person has been convicted of a criminal act
    d) if the person has been banned from Bosnia and Herzegovina
    e) if the person has not a valid document to prove his identity
    f) if requesting a transit visa without the visa for the country travelling to through BiH
    g) if the person has not evidence of vaccination if coming form a country with wide
        spread epidemic disease as required by the WHO
    h) if the person has been convicted of war crime or other serious crimes against humanity
        and international law
    i) for BiH national security reasons

J-Humanitarian Visa
can be granted on humanitarian basis if approved by the Ministry if persons concerned can
prove prima facie that they will be subject to torture, humiliation and harassment as well as that
their lives will be endangered and freedom restricted in the country of origin.
This visa can be granted to refugee family members or people with temporary stay permit.
Humanitarian visa application does not imply the right to seek asylum . The visa can be
rejected to the persons with serious concerns that they have committed crimes against peace
and humanity or war crime (as defined by international instruments created to determine such
crimes) or have committed acts against the United Nations aims and principles.

    2. Exceptional Cases Visa Requirements
           c) Can I obtain a visa if a person is about to pass away and has been discharged
               from hospital (what document is to be submitted)? Why cannot a specialist’s
               letter be submitted to prove a serious illness? Why cannot a hospital referral be
               submitted?
           d) Can I obtain a visa at the border in case of emergency?

    2. Exceptional Cases Visa Requirements:
          a) The following are to be submitted with the request for an urgent visa (besides
              the passport, photo, application form, return itinerary and the receipt of the visa
              fee payment and a bank statement to prove that the applicant has 50 KM per
              day during his stay in BiH)
                    - in case of illness: A letter from the Hospital if the person is
                        undergoing a medical treatment in the hospital or discharge letter if
                        the person has been discharged(with the hospital letterhead, stamp,
                        including the specialist’s findings and signature) or a specialist’s
                        letter (with a private surgery letterhead, signed and stamped by a
                        specialist);
                    - in case of death; death certificate stamped by a relevant BiH
                        Municipality

                      b) Visas can be granted at the border only in case of the following:
                      -   in case of medical aid must be given on the territory of Bosnia and
                          Herzegovina
                      -   other humanitarian cases if approved by the Ministry of Foreign
                          Affairs
                      -   in case Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a request to the SBP

    3. Where in Bosnia and Herzegovina I can have a visa extended

    3.According to the Visa rules and regulations only a single entry visa can be extended to a
    period not longer than 90 days before the visa expiry date under the same conditions as at
    the date of issuance. The request is to be submitted to the SBP with additional documents
    to prove the need to have the visa extended. SBP can extended the visa if approved by the
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Ministry for Human Rights
    and Refugees.

    4. Is there any situation when I can travel on two passports?

 4.According to the International regulations and ICAO standards persons with dual
citizenship, i.e. holders of two passports are to use one of them when entering/exiting a
country.

    5. What documents are required to get various Letters of Authorisation and what is
       the procedure?

     5.Signatures on public documents (letters of authorization, declarations etc.) can be
stamped by the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the bearer of a valid BiH passport. In
order to have the signature stamped a certified copy of a valid BiH passport is to be submitted
with the letter signed (signature verified by a JP) and the receipt of payment. Persons without
valid BiH passport can have the signature verified by a Notary Public and then DFAT (in
Australia) or Ministry of Internal Affairs in New Zealand with the Apostille stamp. BiH
authorities will then recognize the document.

    6. Are there regulations on dual citizenship?

    6.There is no bilateral agreement on dual citizenship between Australia/New Zealand and
    Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    7. Are children born in Australia (parents originally from BiH) entitled to BiH
       citizenship and what are the requirements?

    7. A child born after the Constitution went into force is entitled to BiH citizenship by
    origin:

    1. whose both parents were BiH citizens at the time of birth regardless of place of
       birth
    2. Whose one parent was a BiH citizen at the time of birth and the child was born in
       BiH
    3. Whose one parent was a BiH citizen and the child was born abroad and would be
       stateless otherwise
    4. was born abroad and whose one parent was a BiH citizen at the time of birth
       provided that by the age of 23:
       a) the child is registered as a BiH citizen with the competent authority in BiH or
       abroad
       b) has a permanent residence in BiH
   8. What are the advantages of a dual citizenship?

   8. Foreign representations of Bosnia and Herzegovina are obliged to provide information
      and services for clients in regards to the BiH citizenship only and not encourage them
      to obtain dual citizenship by pointing out its potential advantages.

   9. Is Army Service Compulsory for Persons with Dual Citizenship?

   9. Persons with dual citizenship (also in case where there is no bilateral agreement on
      Army Service) must serve the army in one of the countries and provide a certificate in
      order to be exempted from the obligation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the army
      service in both Australia and New Zealand is not compulsory, BiH citizens must serve
      the Army in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A person who is 27 and over is exempted from
      the obligation. In case of avoiding fulfill the obligation a person may be deprived of his
      BiH passport as well as held in Bosnia and Herzegovina until completion of the army
      service. In case of a person refusing to fulfill the obligation criminal charges will be
      brought and the person may be arrested in accordance with the law. In Republic of
      Srpska all persons must be recruited before the age of 27. Persons who obtain foreign
      citizenship will be automatically removed form the Compulsory Army Service list,
      regardless of either compulsory or voluntary army service in the other country. RS also
      allows its citizens a 12-month civilian army service. In case of avoiding to fulfill the
      obligation criminal charges may be brought and the person may be sentenced to prison
      or pay a fine.

   10. How can the Embassy staff be contacted?
   Postal Address
   E-mail Address
   Tel/ Fax:
   Web site

10.the Embassy contact details are the following:
                     - E-mail: embuacbr@webone.com.au
                     - Telephone: +61 2 62324646
                                       +61 2 62 32 5490
                     - Fax: +61 2 62 32 555 4
                     - Web site: www.bosnia.webone.com.au
                     - In person-Monday to Friday 10:00 to 15:00
                         (lunch break 12-13)

   11. Do I need a visa although I was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

   11.Regarding the fact that you were born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, you do not need a
   visa if you have a BiH passport. If you travel on an Australian or New Zealand passport,
   you do need one as BiH has not signed a bilateral agreement on visas with either of the
   countries.

   12. Do I need a visa if I am a BiH citizen?

   12. Regarding the fact that you are a BiH citizen, you do not need a visa if you have a BiH
   passport. If you travel on an Australian or New Zealand passport, you do need one, as BiH
   has not signed a bilateral agreement on visas with either of the countries.

   13. I do not have time to wait for the visa here. Can I get it elsewhere in Europe?
    13. Citizens of non – European countries, i.e. overseas countries (Australia and New
    Zealand) can apply for a visa in one of the BiH embassies in Europe (Zagreb, Belgrade,
    Rome, Budapest, Vienna, Paris, London, Munich). Visa requirements are the same in all
    embassies.

    14. I do not have time to wait for the visa here. Can I get it at the BiH border?

    14. Citizens of non-European, i.e. overseas countries (Australia and New Zealand) can
        exceptionally be granted a visa at the border crossing point in the following cases:

    a) foreigner traveling as a part of a group around the world tour
    b) international races or regattas participants
    c) in case of medical aid must be given on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    d) other humanitarian cases if approved by the Ministry
    e) in case Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a request to the SBP

In cases a) and b) the organizer of the trip is to submit a certified list of the group members
with their details including name, date of birth, citizenship and the passport number.
Two copies of the list are to be submitted and each group member must submit his passport to
prove his identity.
SBP Officer will verify, sign and stamp both copies of the list returning one to the group leader
and issue a group visa.
Visa request can be rejected at the BCP except in case of need for urgent medical assistance
and humanitarian reasons.
A visa will be rejected in the following cases:

    j) if the request is incomplete
    k) if the person is on the Interpol list
    l) if the person has been convicted of a criminal act
    m) if the person has been banned from Bosnia and Herzegovina
    n) if the person has not a valid document to prove his identity
    o) if requesting a transit visa without the visa for the country travelling to through BiH
    p) if the person has not evidence of vaccination if coming form a country with wide
       spread epidemic disease as required by the WHO
    q) if the person has been convicted of war crime or other serious crimes against humanity
       and international law
    r) for BiH national security reasons

    15. Why do I need a letter of guarantee stating that someone is going to look after me
        during my stay in BiH when the persons signing the letter can hardly support
        themselves and therefore I am going to support them financially?

    15. If you want to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina on an Australian/New Zealand
        passport you need a Letter of Guarantee in accordance with the BiH Law on
        Immigration and Asylum as well as the Rules and Regulations on the Conditions on
        Entry Visa Issuance and Approval of Stay for Foreigners.

    16. I am both Australian and BiH citizen with both passports. Can I leave Australia
        on the Australian passport and enter Bosnia and Herzegovina on the BiH one?

            a. When flying from Australia and landing at one of the airports in Bosnia and
               Herzegovina
            b. When flying from Australia and landing in one of the neighbouring countries
    16. According to the International regulations and ICAO standards persons with dual
    citizenship, i.e. holders of two passports are to use only one of them when entering/exiting
    a country.

    17. Why does it take so long to process a visa when in the past we used to get the visas
        at once without a letter of guarantee?

    17.The process is relatively long since the Embassy must send the Ministry of Foreign
    Affairs a request for approval and must not issue a visa prior to it.


    18. Why do I need a valid BiH passport when you used to recognize other
        documents? Can I not have my signature stamped if I have a valid ID or a BiH
        Birth Certificate or a Citizenship Certificate?

    18.In accordance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Instruction date back November, 2001
    it is only a valid BiH passport to be used for identification purpose when certifying a
    signature.

    19. How long can I stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina per entry and what does a 6 /12
        month visa entitle me to?

    19. In accordance with the BiH Law on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Rules and
    Regulations on the Conditions on Entry, Visa Issuance and Approval of Stay for Foreigners
    the visa bearer is allowed to stay in the country for a period not longer than 90 days. A 6/12
    months multiple visa allows the bearer to stay in the country up to 90 days per one entry.

    20. What medicines can be taken into Bosnia and Herzegovina?

    20. A reasonable quantity of medicines (sufficient for a chronic disease treatment)
    is allowed (not to be used for commercial purpose). If those are narcotics a letter
    and a prescription from a competent specialist is required.

21.What can be imported into Bosnia and Herzegovina duty free if I obtain a Certificate
on the Length of Stay in Australia Can I import a car from a European country? (if not
why not)

21.Customs Regulations allow duty free import of general household goods (furniture,
appliances, clothing, footwear and other household goods) that have been used at least six
months prior to the return to the country of origin. Household goods bought within 6 months
prior to return are to be paid duty for.
Motor vehicles cannot be imported duty free. If a returnee intends to import a vehicle he must
provide a certificate of registration in his name fro at lease six months prior to return and the
vehicle must not be older than 7 years.

    22. As I cannot obtain a certificate on the length of stay in Australia necessary for the
        Customs Clearance Certificate prior to the return to Bosnia and Herzegovina,
        what documents are to be submitted as a proof that I am leaving this country to
        return to Bosnia and Herzegovina?

    22.The Embassy grants a Certificate on the Length of the Stay on the basis of the
    Australian Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (283 Form) issued by the Department
    of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA)
    23. According to your instruction I had the letter of authorization stamped by the
        Notary Public and then with Appostille stamp, however, I faced a problem as they
        said that they only recognized the Embassy stamp? Whom should I contact and
        which regulation should I quote?

           23. If a municipal, cantonal or entity body refuses to recognize the Apostille stamp
               a complaint is to be launched with the BiH Ministry of Civil Affairs and
               Communications. Their contact details are:
    1 Trg BiH, 71000 Sarajevo
    Phone: 033 221 073 Fax: 033 221 074

    24. What is meant by temporary stay, what is the procedure to have one approved as
        well as extended?

    24.According to the BiH Law on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Rules and
    Regulations on the Conditions on Entry, Visa Issuance and Approval of Stay for Foreigners
    “ a temporary stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be longer than one year if not
    approved otherwise. Temporary stay permission can be granted for the following:
                       - Marriage with a BiH citizen
                        - Education
                        - Employment
                        - Medical treatment
The request for a temporary sat permit can be submitted through an Embassy or directly to the
Federation of BiH or Republic of Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs or Brcko District Police
prior to entering Bosnia and Herzegovina. Appropriate documentation is to be submitted with
the request.
The embassy will then forward the request to either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the
Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees. If a foreigner is already in Bosnia and Herzegovina ,
the request is to be submitted directly to the Federation of BiH or Republic of Srpska Ministry
of Internal Affairs or Brcko District Police prior to the visa expiry.”

    25. If I have either an Australian or BiH passport and want to travel to Monte Negro
        what do I need to enter and stay as a tourist without obtaining a visa?

    25. As of 24 May 2002 until 1 November 2002 B&H, Australian and New Zealand
    passport holders may enter and stay in the Republic of Monte Negro for the purpose of a
    tourist visit with a valid passport, after being provided with a Laissez-Passer. The Ministry
    of Internal Affairs monitoring the border issues the Laissez-Passer. B&H citizens may also
    use their national IDs at the border.

    26. How can one going to Bosnia and Herzegovina to take over a property and has no
        one to send him/her a letter of guarantee obtain a visa?

    26. The following is to be lodged: visa application form, passport, one photo, return
    itinerary, receipt of visa fee payment, a letter from the competent BiH institution and a
    bank statement showing that the applicant has 50 KM minimum per each day during his
    stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    27. Do Australian and New Zealand citizens need a transit visa through Neum when
        travelling to Croatia?

        27. When Australian and New Zealand citizens travel to Croatia passing through Neum
        they do not need a visa to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

								
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