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Driving in Bosnia Herzegovina

If you're driving in Bosnia-Herzegovina your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid, full UK driving licence - both the photo and paper parts
  • An International Driving Permit - find out more here
  • A Green Card - it backs up your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. You can get one from your insurance company
  • A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
  • Your motor insurance certificate and V5 registration document or hire car paperwork
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down - two triangles if you're towing a trailer
  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • A first aid kit
  • Winter tyres if you're travelling between 15 November - 15 April

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

It's a good idea to have:

  • A fire extinguisher

Other things you should know:

  • Not all insurers cover driving in Bosnia-Herzegovina so check before you go - if yours doesn't, you can buy temporary cover at all border posts except Neum
  • Petrol (leaded and unleaded), diesel and LPG are readily available
  • Children under the age of 5 must use an appropriate child seat
  • Children under age 12 can't sit in the front seat
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence, whilst driving through Bosnia-Herzegovina, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine
  • The speed limit is 60kph in built-up areas, 80kph on open roads and 120kph on motorways, unless the signs say otherwise
  • The drink-driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - lower than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml
  • Never go off-road in rural areas without an experienced guide - you run the risk of coming across landmines and unexploded devices
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol can't sit in the front seat, even as a passenger
  • You must use dipped headlights at all times
  • It's a good idea to avoid driving at night, if you can, as many roads have no lighting
  • If you're involved in an accident, you must wait until the police arrive
  • On mountain roads, you have right of way going uphill
  • Trams on the left have priority
  • You must stop at pedestrian crossings, as soon as someone shows they want to cross

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

What RAC can do for you

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Sources Foreign & Commonwealth Office, www.nationaldrivesafe.co.uk, www.aboutdrivingabroad.co.uk.

Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of August 2009 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.

Due to the heavy rainfall in May and August, flooding and landslides have affected road travel, mainly in the north and east. Some roads are restricted to one lane and others are closed. Some bridges have also been washed away. If you’re travelling by road, check local information before setting off.

Heavy rainfall and landslides have also moved minefields and destroyed minefield markings. For latest updates on mines see the Mine Action Centre website.

Protests, often at short notice, can be expected across major cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. See Political Situation

Unexploded landmines remain a real danger, particularly in isolated areas in the mountains and countryside. See Local travel

The level of crime against foreigners is low, but you should beware of pickpockets in cities and on public transport. See Crime

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Most visits to Bosnia and Herzegovina are trouble-free.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance, including cover for evacuation by air ambulance, before you travel.

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