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Driving in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina
Population: 3.8m
Area: 51,197 square kilometres
Currency: Convertible Mark (BAM)

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Please be aware that driving in Europe may be restricted at the moment.

Check the Foreign travel advice section of the GOV.UK website for up to date advice on all European countries.

After its devastating civil war, Bosnia-Herzegovina has embraced tourism and opened up its verdant and varied landscape, friendly locals, and surprising rich culture to a new generation of travellers looking for adventure.

But if you’re planning a road trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina, it’s essential you’re fully prepared ahead of time as driving there has many differences to the UK. 

To make your trip to the Continent as safe and trouble-free as possible, we’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know before you go, from required documents to the rules of the road.  

Driving a rented vehicle? Jump to the advice for driving a hire car in Bosnia-Herzegovina section.

RAC European Breakdown Cover (Basic and Comprehensive) provides a wide range of benefits – should you breakdown in the Bosnia-Herzegovina – to ensure you stay safe. 

To supplement this, RAC also offers travel insurance. Cover will include medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings, among many other benefits.

European Breakdown Cover

Get covered from just £7 this winter. Plus, get a full refund if Covid-19 restrictions prevent travel.†

Things to take when driving in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Documents for driving in Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • A valid, full UK driving licence (you must also be 18 or over)
  • A GB sticker (unless your car is equipped with EU number plates showing the country code in a circle of 12 gold stars on a blue background) 
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • The V5 registration document for your own car or the hire car paperwork for a rental

Driving in Bosnia-Herzegovina packing checklist

Aside from the documents above, there are some legally-required items you must bring with you to drive in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Unless your headlights can be adjusted, it's a legal requirement to carry headlamp converters (stickers for your headlights when driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way).

A warning triangle is also compulsory to carry in vehicles in case of a breakdown.

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seat belt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle
  • Register with local police within 72 hours of arrival in the country

It's also recommended to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • A fire extinguisher 
  • A first-aid kit
  • A reflective jacket
  • A Green Card (this is no longer a requirement, but it could be useful to back-up your insurance documents and show you've got the minimum legal level of cover. To find out more, contact your insurance company)

You can pick up all the car kit you need from RAC Shop.

Rules of the road in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Driving in Bosnia-Herzegovina doesn't differ too much from what we're used to in the UK (aside from driving on the right), but here are some general tips to make sure you're prepared.

  • In Bosnia-Herzegovina you must drive on the right-hand side of the road, and overtake on the left
  • Children under 5 must use an appropriate child seat
  • Children under 12 can't sit in the front seat
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence while driving through Bosnia-Herzegovina, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine
  • Use of speed camera detectors is prohibited
  • The drink-driving limit is 0.05%
  • 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
  • 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

Speed limits in Bosnia-Herzegovina

The speed limit is 50km/h in built-up areas, 80km/h on open roads, 100km/h on dual carriageways and 130km/h on motorways, unless the signs say otherwise

Other things you should know when driving in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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  • 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 widely available
  • Never go off-road in rural areas without an experienced guide – you run the risk of coming across landmines and unexploded devices
  • It's a good idea to avoid driving at night, if you can, as many roads have no lighting and some of the more rural roads can be in bad shape
  • There are occasional protests in major towns and cities. Although these are usually peaceful, they can cause disruption to traffic so avoid them if you can

In an emergency

112 - Here's a really important bit of knowledge; you can dial 112 from anywhere in Europe and an operator will connect you to an emergency service in the country you're visiting.

Operators can answer your call in their native language, English or French.

Breaking down in Bosnia-Herzegovina

RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.

Driving a hire car in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Not all of the information in the guide above will be relevant to those looking to rent a hire car in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Though it might be a good idea to read through everything anyway, here are the most important things to know for drivers of rental vehicles:

Rental information

  • The minimum age to hire a car is 21
  • You need a full, valid UK driving licence and usually a second proof of ID (passport)
  • Some car rental companies ask that you have held your licence for a minimum term of 2 years
  • Most companies require you to use a credit card for deposit
  • You may not be able to drive outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina unless planned in advance - check with your hire company first
  • Make sure you get car hire excess insurance before your trip to protect yourself from unexpected costs. It's almost always cheaper to do this with a separate insurer and in advance

Hire car driving tips

  • You must drive on the right and overtake on the left - the opposite to the UK
  • The national speed limit on Bosnian motorways is 130km/h (80 mph). On a main road outside a built-up area it's 80 km/h. For built-up areas it’s 50km/h
  • Dial 112 in an emergency
  • It’s compulsory to wear seat belts in the front and rear seats
  • The blood alcohol content limit for drivers of private vehicles is 0.05%. That's lower than the 0.08% in England Wales and Northern Ireland, but the same as Scotland.

European Breakdown Cover

Get covered from just £7 this winter. Plus, get a full refund if Covid-19 restrictions prevent travel.†

British Embassy Sarajevo

39a, Hamdije Cemerlica street
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +387 (0) 33 282 200

Fax: +387 (0) 33 282 203

† Price for 1 day cover for up to 9 people travelling in a vehicle up to 1 year old in Zone 1. For more information visit rac.co.uk/breakdown-cover/european-breakdown-cover

† Price for 1 day cover for up to 9 people travelling in a vehicle up to 1 year old in Zone 1. For more information visit rac.co.uk/breakdown-cover/european-breakdown-cover