Are you planning a trip to the Balkans and wants to ask someone it if is it safe to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina? Find the answers to your questions here.
When we published the pictures of our trip on Instagram and later with the success of the post about why you should visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, many people asked if it was safe to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
So we decided to write about our own personal perceptions combining with some travel precautions suggested by some governments such as the UK, USA, and Canada, for example.
To begin with, we must say that we perfectly understand your concern, after all, the country has a long history of political and social instability that culminated in a very serious civil war in the 90s and ruined the internal and external moral of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
And there is no way to deny that many of us grew up with hearing the terrible news of the genocides that took place there, therefore it is completely normal to feel insecure about visiting the country.
After all, the mass media still focuses on the turbulent past, the constantly changing borders and also the presence of the United Nations troops still in order to ensure compliance with the peace agreements.
But are those healed wounds or is it still a dangerous country to visit?
MY PERCEPTIONS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
It may seem a joke, but the truth is that we felt much safer there than in my own country, Brazil.
We were two women traveling by car without any local accompanying and even though we did not feel unsafe not even for a second.
We even read some reports of corruption by the highway police but we were actually stopped by them a few times and had no problem at all.
In fact, everyone seemed very willing to help and we did not witness those typical attitudes of people trying to take advantage of tourists at any cost.
We can not ignore that the past and also the tension that unfortunately is still causing problems to the different cultural groups that inhabit the country, however, my opinion is that Bosnia currently can give us lessons on how to harmoniously coexist with the different.
We really admired the inflexibility of the Bosnians on regard of not allowing everybody to forget the past in order to avoid confrontations in the future and what I saw there was a modern society with available wi-fi connectivity in public areas, English speaker people and reasonable of health and economic standards.
Visiting Bosnia was, for us, a great learning experience of how little we know about the world and how we underestimate such places.
IS BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA SAFE FOR WOMEN?
Moreover, we can say that as women we had no problem traveling by ourselves in Bosnia, especially comparing with Croatia, where we had some inconveniences.
In Croatia, when we stopped to fuel the car, the attendants were super amazed at two women driving alone and always tried to flirt with us, but ironically this has never happened in Bosnia!
Also, although the greatest part of the population is Muslim in Bosnian, they are much more liberal than most countries that follow Islam and that means you will find few women with the veil and many wearing regular western clothes.
So your conventional clothing will be no problem there except to visit some religious attractions and in this case will be offered the veil to cover your head and shoulders and long skirt to cover your legs
So, don’t hesitate and plan a trip to the country, but remember to always keep the regular precautions 🙂
TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS SUGGESTED BY GOVERNMENTS
The greatest dangers of Bosnia, listed by official agencies, are as follows:
The latest estimative made in 2010 indicates that there are 11 000 minefields and approximately over 220 thousand active landmines in Bosnia.
Despite being a scary information, it is important to clarify that most urban areas were clean and the tourist areas are all free from any danger.
However, you should be warned that unpaved roads, abandoned buildings, and some roads are still dangerous.
So do your part and don’t walk in old conflict areas, including some of the suburbs surrounding Sarajevo, since this area has a particularly high number of landmines.
This is a way to respect the painful history of the country and also stay away from trouble!
Theft and robbery
As in all countries, there is a risk of theft and robbery, especially in urban centers.
So take the necessary precautions to avoid dangerous situations and be careful with your belongings.
Driving in Bosnia and road conditions
There is no denying that, compared with other European countries, the road conditions in Bosnia are worst.
Currently, there are about forty kilometers of four-lane highways across the country and some roads are narrow, so driving at night can also be tricky.
Our goal with this post was to expose our sincere perceptions (which is actually the best possible) and also alert to the problems that can be found there.
Every trip is unique and each one of us might have different experiences, but our suggestion is that you shouldnt hesitate to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, but take every possible precaution to avoid problems, as you would anywhere else in the world!