Practical Information BA

Travel Tips

Dear travelers, before you go off on your travel adventure research all important pre-trip options (from booking /pre-booking your accommodation, travel and admission tickets to safety and practical tips) so you can enjoy your relaxing vacation and prevent any mishaps.

Visas

Citizens of the countries with which Bosnia and Herzegovina has a signed visa regime can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with a passport and are not required to be in possession of a visa when entering, leaving, transiting or staying on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

Citizens of the following countries can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with a valid travel document or a valid identification card proving identity and citizenship:

  • Member States of the European Union
  • Signatory states to the Schengen Agreement
  • Andorra, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia, Vatican and the Swiss Confederation.

Everyone else must get a visa ahead of arrival!

Find additional information about the BA visa regime hereVisa requirements BA
Direct all inquiries about the visa system to the e-mail: info_mvpbih@mvp.gov.ba

Travel Documents

Organise your passports and visas! Your passport is your most important travel document. All citizens must have a valid passport before leaving their country and maintain a valid passport while away.

The citizens of the following states can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with a valid travel document or valid ID card proving identity and citizenship:

  • EU Member States
  • Schengen Area Member States
  • Andorra, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia, Vatican and Swiss Confederation.

Everyone else must also get a visa ahead of arrival!

Essential Travel Safety Tips During the Pandemic

Recommendations for passengers entering BiH; Institute of Public Health FBiHzzjzfbih.ba recommendations

At the time of writing this info report, the bellow Travel Instructions have not yet been translated! 
Ministry of Security of Bosnia and HerzegovinaCovid19.msb.gov.ba/en 
Direct all inquiries about travel safety to the e-mail: info_mvpbih@mvp.gov.ba 

Your hosts on both sides of our regional destination are well-prepared and awaiting your arrival. At your request, they are also willing to take additional safety steps so that you can fully enjoy your recuperative vacation. Contact them before arriving, check all the details and - have a great time!

Temporary Stay Registration

Upon arrival to Bosnia and Herzegovina foreign nationals are required to register their residence and inform the Service for Foreigners' Affairs - Field Offices or the Police:

  • a foreign national is to register his/her residence within 48 hours from the day of arrival to the place of residence;
  • if not done by the foreign national in person within 48 hours following the entrance to BiH, the short-term stay is to be registered by the accommodation services (hotels, hostels, etc.) within 12 hours of provided accommodation;
  • a foreign national is required to provide accurate and truthful information and made available a travel document with which he/she entered the BiH and evidence on accommodation provided in BiH. 

Further information is available hereBasic Information on Entry and Stay

Reference Amounts Required

The minimum amount of money foreigners need when crossing the border and entering Bosnia and Herzegovina is 150,00 KM (or the equivalent amount in convertible foreign currency) for every day of their stay.

Rules Of Conduct in the Border Crossing Area

It is considered illegal entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina if a foreigner:

  • crosses or attempts to cross the state border outside the official border crossing open for international traffic or outside the border crossing for traffic between Bosnia and Herzegovina and neighbouring countries, or outside the working hours of the border crossing;
  • before the expiration of the time limit to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Important  Notice

When entering Bosnia and Herzegovina in a vehicle it’s necessary to present the green insurance card for the vehicle.

Traffic and Road Conditions

You can find current traffic and road conditions here: BIHMAK

Tourist Tax (Sojourn Tax) 2021

  • tourist tax per person / per night: 2,00 BAM
  • daily tourist tax per person: 1,00 BAM

Important  Phone Numbers

Police: +387(0) 122
Ambulance: +387(0) 124
GSS - Mountain Emergency Help: Ermin Lipovic, phone: +387(0)61 144-248
Search and Rescue Service: +387(0) 1262
Firefighters: +387(0) 123

Cantonal hospital ''Dr. Irfan Ljubijankic"
Darivalac krvi St. 67, Bihac
Phone: +387(0)37 318-800
Web: https://www.kbbihac.ba/

Health center - Dom zdravlja Bihac 
Put V korpusa bb, Bihać
tel.: +387(0)37 312-423
fax: +387(0)37 312-421
web: http://www.dzbihac.com/index.php/en/

Pharmacies

Pharmacy T & A
Ulica Darivalaca krvi bb, Bihac
Phone: +387(0)37 221-590
Working Hours: od 07:00 -23:00
Web: Apoteka T&A
Pharmacy Europharm
Ivana Franje Jukica, Bihac
Phone+387(0)37 222-263
Working Hours: od 07:00 -22:00
Web: Apoteka Europharm Bihac
Pharmacy Tina
Ulica Heroja Izacica bb, Izacic
Phone: +387(0)37 393-393
Working Hours: od 07:00 -21:00
Web: Tina drugstore 

Bihac Tourist Board 
Tel: +387 37 963 456
E-mail: info@visitbihac.ba
Web: https://www.visitbihac.com/bs/

Veterinary Stations

JP Veterinarska stanica
Vocarska 3, Bihac
GSM:+387(0)61 137 508
Working Hours: 08:00 - 15:00 (Mon- Fri)
FB: jpvsbihac
Veterinarska stanica Karabegović
Pljesevicka 17, Kamenica, Bihac
GSM: +387(0)62 520 795; +387(0)61 149 024
Business site: kb.business.site/ 
Veterinarska ambulanta Pet Vet
Buzimska bb, Bihac
Phone: +387(0)37 222-660
Working Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 (Mon-Fri);  09:00 - 14:00 (Sat)

Bank & Exchange Offices

  • Union banka, Miroslava Krleze 2, Bihac downtown area
  • KIP Banka, Gazi Husrev-Begova 18, Bihac downtown area 
  • Reiffeisen Banka, Pape Ivana Pavla II, Bihac downtown area  
  • Unicredit banka, Trg marsala Tita 7, Bihac downtown area 
  • Sberbank, Petog korpusa 3, Bihac downtown area

Post & Exchange Offices 

  • BH Posta, Bosanska 3., Bihaca downtown area
  • BH Posta, Bingo Shopping Mall, Zrtava Srebrnickog genocida bb, Bihać
  • BH Posta, Izacic, near the border crossing
  • BH Posta, Kulen Vakuf, Una NP

Exchange rate list CBBiH-e: Currency Exchange 
All credit cards are accepted.

Taxi Shuttle Services

Krajina taxi Bihac
Book taxi GSM: +385(0)62 704-604
Web: https://krajinataxibihac.business.site/
Zeka Gradski Taxi Bihac
Book taxi GSM: +385(0)62 368-888   
Gradski Taxi Bihac
Book taxi GSM: +387(0)62 715-444 

Road assistance 24/7

BIHAMK, Skenderija 23, Sarajevo
Phone 24/7 from Bosnia and Herzegovina: +387(0)33 1282
Phone 24/7 from abroad: +387(0)33 282-100
E-mail: callcentre@bihamk.ba (Roadside assistance)
Fax +387(0)33 282-122 (Roadside assistance)
web: https://bihamk.ba/bs

Nearest Airports

Here is the list of nearest international airports and bus terminals within easy driving distance to GreenWay Tour 2Parks regional destination:

  • Zagreb - located near the Croatian capital Zagreb is home to airlines from around the world, and the main hub for Croatian airlines. Zagreb is well connected to the rest of the world, Croatia and neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina with flights operated by Croatia airlines and other international airlines.
  • Zadar - located south-east of Zadar city in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic coast, has good public transport connection to the rest of Croatia and neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Rijeka - located near the town of Omišalj on the island of Krk, on the northern part of the Croatian coast in Rijeka Bay. They offer full-year regular and charter flights, also bus shuttle service from / to the town of Rijeka and regular rent a car. The island is connected with the mainland by a bridge.

Nearest Bus Terminals 

  • Zagreb Bus Station - the main bus terminal in the Croatian capital and one of the largest in the region for long-distance and regional bus routes. Provides many connections with the rest of Croatia, neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Europe.
  • Bihac Bus Station - the main bus station in Bihac is well connected with the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Croatia. Provides local, regional and long-distance bus routes.
  • Rijeka Bus Station - the main bus station in Rijeka is well connected with larger cities in Croatia, including Plitvice Lakes area, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Europe.

Important Tips

Guided cultural, heritage or historical activities

Around 20% of tourist trips globally include some form of cultural, heritage or historical activity, which, in turn, implies the presence of tour guides who lead these activities and supply information. In order to provide you with the best possible guided experience, we share a few tips that are of great importance in nearly all countries, but particularly in multiethnic with a turbulent recent history that continues to have a strong impact on people today, such as in our case:

  • explore beforehand: if you love history, culture or heritage, compare data from different sources of information beforehand - be informed;
  • critically analyze and evaluate information you gather during guided tours: in multiethnic communities of turbulent past and present, you will often hear 2-3 versions of historical events, so do not take any information for granted, critically analyze everything, and if you want to, double-check with an independent source later (this is excellent exercise for critical thinking);
  • proccess the data you receive about cultural heritage with the same awareness - at its core, the 'heritage' means the inheritance of a group of resources from the past which play an unusually important role in creating and preserving the cultural identity of any nation, therefore proccess cultural heritage interpretations in multiethnic host communities with care because you will often, in addition to enjoying cultural diversity, come across contradictory interpretations and, unfortunately, the ongoing appropriation of cultural heritage of another nation and / or the denial of its authenticity. 

Your awareness and goodwill can be an important drop in the wave of positive change in any community in the world that suffers from a difficult past and challenging present.

Proper Shoes

Trails in national parks are managed as part of the natural environment. Here trails cover uneven terrain and lead through a dense forest or along the edge of the canyon and the river. In winter trails are often covered with snow and ice. Be prepared to meet and accept nature on its own terms. Wear sturdy shoes with enough tread to give you good traction, stability and comfort. High heels and smooth-soled shoes are not recommended, as these will slide easily on uneven terrain.

"The Call of Nature" in Nature

This is an unpleasant topic, but sadly it poses a major problem in most of the world’s national parks and wild nature in general. Answering the call of nature in national parks can present a challenge, and when we take into account the sheer amount of tourists and small amount of land (read toilets) the problem becomes a major environmental and health concern.

Human waste represents one of the most significant impacts that faces lands used by the public: a disease impact, water quality impact, social and aesthetic impact. Feces contain a cocktail of germs, and no one enjoying national parks or nature wants to come in contact with it, see it, smell it or get sick due to its improper disposal. Urinating or defecating in inappropriate public places, on the side of trails, in a river, is unacceptable and poses a serious threat to public health and nature.

This is one of the most vexing problems facing protected areas, so it's imperative that we all take a responsible approach to the problem:

  • when visiting national parks, use restrooms before your tour starts (your apartment, entrance points, hotels, restaurants);
  • use restrooms when you can, instead of waiting till you have to go - there’s a lack of toilets in parks and the next one may be far away.

Waste disposal in the wild

The cat hole method is the most widely accepted method of waste disposal in the wild - but beware, it should not be applied to protected nature parks!!

  • locate cat holes at least 100 meters from the water, hiking trail or camp
  • select an inconspicuous site where other people will be unlikely to walk or camp; suitable places are thick undergrowth, near downed timber or on gentle hillsides with deep organic soil that is usually dark and rich in color and contains organisms which will help decompose the feces
  • select an elevated place where water would not normally go during runoff or rain storms; at an elevated site the decomposing feces will percolate into the soil before reaching water sources
  • if possible, find a sunny place because the heat from the sun will aid decomposition and help kill pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.) if the feces are buried properly; south-facing slopes and ridge tops will have more exposure to sun and heat than other areas
  • with a small garden trowel, or something similar, dig a hole 6-8 inches deep and 4-6 inches in diameter
  • use sparingly plain, white, non-perfumed toilet paper and dispose it properly at the end: either bury it thoroughly in a cat hole or place it in a plastic bags and pack it out as trash and dispose properly later - do not burn toilet paper in a cat hole as it may result in wildfires
  • when finished, a cat hole should be filled with the original dirt and disguised with native materials (twigs, leaves, etc.)
  • urine has little direct impact on vegetation or soil, in some cases, the salts from the urine may even attract wildlife; diluting urine with water can help minimize negative effects
  • do not bury sanitary pads and tampons in the hole as they don’t decompose readily and animals may dig them up -place them in plastic bags and packe them out
  • if camping in the same place for more than one night, or if camping with a larger group, disperse the cat holes over a wide area; don’t go to the same place twice.

Selfies Alert

Although the idea of taking a selfie is a harmless one (serious implications for an individual's psychological state and for society in general is a whole different story), taking selfies can sometimes lead to dangerous situations - and in some cases, even deadly ones. The most selfie-related deaths have been due to falling. Exercise safety when taking selfies, if your quest for snapping the perfect self-portrait is endangering your life - put the selfie stick down and back away

Follow a few general rules for selfie safety:

  • stay on established trails, wandering off trail can lead to dangerous situations and damage natural resources;
  • don’t lose track of your surroundings;
  • don’t take selfies near a precipice or water’s edge;
  • stay away from wild animals;
  • use common sense and have a great stay.

Severe Weather Alerts

And because the atmospheric condition is so unstable, severe weather alerts can be changed at any time, day or night, so be careful, plan ahead, keep an eye on the latest forecast and watch the UV Index! Take care and be safe! (Check the maps for Bihac area)

Link: MeteoAlarm BA
Link: 3-day forecasts
LinkSatellite images - EUMETSAT
LinkUV Indeks BA (3-day forecasts for Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more forceful, inform yourself about the weather well and on time to safely enjoy the great outdoors. 

Una NP

Help us preserve natural heritage for future generations, follow important rules at national parks. Thank you!

Get familiar with park rules before you enter any protected area in the world; these are Una's: Rules to Follow

Group Visits

  • Advance reservations are required for all groups of 25 or more by contacting the Sales Department.
  • Group discounts must be arranged ahead of time by contacting the Sales Department.
  • For groups of more than 25 visitors, a free entry for a driver and a tour guide will be granted.
  • Una National Park provides transportation for organized groups of visitors from Orasac to Štrbački Buk and back with the obligatory prior notification. National Park granted a private company to operate the bus service. You can purchase your ticket on the bus before departure.

Tickets 2021

  • The one day ticket price includes the insurance of the visitor and VAT.
  • A valid student or pensioner ID card or a document that confirms the status is required to obtain a discount.
  • Individual ticket price for the visiting zone Strbacki buk - Lohovo includes the cost of a full day tour of the visiting zone Strbacki buk - Lohovo as well as the use of all roads and trails that are marked with tourist signs.
  • The ticket price for the visiting zone Martin Brod - Milancev buk includes the visit of the the town and the waterfalls (Milencev buk) as well as the use of all roads and trails that are marked with tourist signs.
  • The female visitors with the firs name Una have free access to the Una National Park by presenting a valid document with a photograph.
  • For more information regarding entry tickets, tickets for rowing, diving and fishing click here.  

Working Hours / Entrances

Park is open every day of the year, including Sundays and public holidays.

  • Varying working hours, always open between 10,00 - 15,00 / check here: Una Working Hours
  • Park has five entrances: Gorjevac, Ćukovi, Ćelije, Martin Brod and Lohovo.

Whenever possible, please walk, jog, cycle or use public transport to reach the Park, thank you!

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