Legal framework

Terms and conditions for entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina, possession of a valid travel document, crossing the state borders, issuing visas, residence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and international protection are regulated by:

  • Law on Movement and Stay of Aliens and Asylum (ā€œBosnia and Herzegovina Official Gazetteā€, no. 36/08 and 87/12)
  • Decision on Visas (ā€œBosnia and Herzegovina Official Gazetteā€, No. 54/12)
  • Rulebook on Visa Issuance for Long-term Stay (Visa D) and the procedure of issuing such visas (ā€œBosnia and Herzegovina Official Gazetteā€, No. 104/08)
  • Rulebook on issuance of short-term visas (Visa C) and airport transit visas (Visa A) in the diplomatic and consular missions of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ā€œBosnia and Herzegovina Official Gazetteā€, No. 69/13)
  • Guidelines for the procedures of diplomatic and consular missions of Bosnia and Herzegovina upon a visa application to enter the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the citizens of Kosovo
  • Rulebook on Entry and Stay of Aliens (ā€œBosnia and Herzegovina Official Gazetteā€, No. 27/13)
  • Law on the Border Control (ā€œBosnia and Herzegovina Official Gazetteā€, no. 53/09 and 54/10)

Ministry of Security is in charge of the implementation of immigration and asylum in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is responsible for the regulation of procedures and methods of organizing services dealing with the issues of the movement and stay of aliens. The headquarters of the Ministry of Security is seated in the town of Sarajevo at the address Trg Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.

Asylum Sector performs administrative and other professional tasks related to the execution and implementation of policy and asylum procedure in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Immigration Sector is responsible for delivering second instance decisions on appeals of aliens on the decisions issued the Service for Foreignersā€™ Affairs and the Border Police.

Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the administrative organizations within the Ministry of Security, with its operational autonomy, established to perform police tasks related to monitoring and control of Bosnia and Herzegovina border crossing points and other duties as prescribed by law.

Service for Foreigners' Affairs, as one of the administrative organizations within the Ministry of Security, with its operational autonomy, is tasked with performing administrative tasks related to the movement and stay of aliens in Bosnia and Herzegovina in accordance with the Rulebook of the Law on Movement and Stay of Aliens and Asylum. Organizational units of the Service for Foreigners' Affairs are the following field offices: Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar, Zenica, Travnik, Bijeljina, Trebinje, Gorazde, Tuzla, Livno, Ljubuski, Orasje, Bihac, Brcko, and Doboj.