FAQs & travel information about Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s geographical specialty are their green, hilly landscapes. Further attractions include the cosmopolitan capital Sarajevo with its Turkish tradition and the restored Old Bridge crossing the Neretva in Mostar, which unites the difficult past of the country with its positive outlook into the future. Before you’re heading out on your adventure with us, we would like to provide you with some basic knowledge on the country you’re travelling to and answer the questions we are asked most often.
To enter Bosnia-Herzegovina as an EU citizen, a passport that is valid for the duration of your trip at least is required, preliminary documents and children's passports are also accepted. An identity card is not sufficient to enter the country. Conveniently, no visa is needed. Additionally, it is important that you have got 150 KM (around 75 €) per person per day when entering the country. Tourist are also obliged to register themselves within 12 hours after their arrival. Normally, your landlord will do this for you, however you should always inform yourself with regards to the specific accommodation you have booked.
If you enter Bosnia and Herzegovina directly from Germany, no compulsory vaccinations are required. Still, we recommend that you check whether all standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute are still valid and refresh them if necessary. We also recommend consulting a travel or tropical medicine specialist.
The country’s currency is the convertible mark (KM) with an exchange rate of approx. 1 € = 1,97 KM. You can exchange your money easily in banks or exchange offices right at your destination, as experience has shown that it is cheaper to change money locally than in your home country. If you do so however, you should be aware that additional fees in addition to any exchange fees may arise if you do not bring the money in cash but pick it up locally with your card.
There is no time difference between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Germany.
The inhabitants are speaking 3 languages, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. While doing so, Croatians and Bosnians use the Latin alphabet, whereas Serbian people use the Cyrillic alphabet. As Bosnia-Herzegovina is strongly influenced by its ethnical and religious diversity, visitors should do their best to respect the norms and habits of the different groups. Generally, the inhabitants are really hospitable, and it is common to greet each other by handshake. Once you get to know the person better, this handshake is replaced by two kisses on the cheeks.
What is the climate in Bosnia-Herzegovina like and when is the best time to travel through Bosnia-Herzegovina on a motorbike?
The country borders Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. With 28 km of Adriatic coast, Bosnia-Herzegovina has even got a direct connection to the sea. Additionally, it is important to mention that Bosnia-Herzegovina is divided into two areas, the Bosnian-Croatian Federation and the Serbian Republic. The climate is continental, which means that there are hot summers (especially July / August) and cold winters (especially December – March). The winters at the coast are milder yet wetter than those further into the country. Therefore, the best travel time for an enduro tour through Bosnia-Herzegovina is between April and October.
You can best reach Bosnia-Herzegovina from Germany by plane or car. The most important airports are Sarajevo (SJJ), Mostar (OMO) and Banja Luka (BNX). If you are planning to come by car, you have to take your green insurance card with you. It has to be presented when crossing the border and without it, it is not possible to enter the country. Alternatively, you can come to Bosnia-Herzegovina by long-distance coach or train. Please also note that you will need a valid passport (a driver’s license or identity card are not sufficient for this purpose).
To grant you maximum flexibility in the process of planning your tour, we did not set any fixed dates for our enduro and travel enduro tours. Simply fill out our contact form or shoot us an e-mail telling us how many riders you will be travelling with, what level you are riding at und when you would like to travel and we will be more than happy to send you an individual offer after checking our current availabilities! If you would like to book further ammenities such as a couple of extra days to go swimming or to explore the country on your own, just let us know - the more information we receive, the better and quicker we can organize your next motorbike tour for you and the earlier you can lay back and relax, looking forward to travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina!
After your booking, you can pay for your tour via bank transfer, the information that you need to do so will be mentioned on your invoice. An initial deposit payment amounting to 20% of the total tour price must be paid immediately after receiving the invoice, the rest of the payment is due 30 days before your scheduled departure. Exceptions can be made if flight bookings have to be paid in total in advance, which depends on the chosen flight and airline.
Just because you are new to riding enduro, it doesn't mean that you cannot book one of our motorbike tours! Simply let us know your level of riding and we will do our best to match you with other riders that are on the same page as you are so that you do not have to worry about the trails being too tough (or too easy, for that matter)! After all, Bosnia-Herzegovina has got many enduro and travel enduro trails for beginners, intermediate riders and experts which we would love to show you!
To be able to join our enduro tours by riding your enduro through Bosnia-Herzegovina, you must be at least 18 years old. Furthermore, you need a valid motorcycle license. An international license is not required.
If you'd like to join our tour as a non-rider, however, there is no minimium age, as long as children and teenagers under the age of 18 are accompanied by a legal representative.
Yes, you can rent an enduro on all of our enduro tours against a small surcharge! Usually, we use the 450 cc KTM EXC Six Days models.
If you'd like to rent an enduro in Bosnia-Herzegovina, you must also book a guide to ensure the best riding fun and your personal safety.
If you would like to, of course you can also ride the tour on your own motorbike. To do so, your enduro should be legally registered, in a generally good state and equipped with proper enduro tires. If you are not sure whether or not your bike is suitable to ride the tour, write us an e-mail, call us or text us on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram and we will be happy to assist you!
If a part of your motorbike breaks during our tour, our guide will try to fix it for you. Should this not be possible on our way, we will try to provide you with a replacement enduro so that you can continue your tour as if nothing had happened. If you did not book a rental enduro beforehand, you will have to pay the additional rental fee.
For your own safety, we require you to wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, a chest guard, gloves, a motorcycle jacket or jersey, goggles and durable motorcycle boots while riding. If you rent a motorbike from us, the rent of all the necessary protectional gear is already included in the rental fee.
Besides of the safety gear mentioned above, we recommend bringing the following items to your motorbike tour:
- A hydration pack or a normal, small backpack (incl. a rain cover)
- A rain coat that can also be worn while riding your motorbike
- Leisure clothing: t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, jeans, comfortable shoes, swimwear, underwear, socks
- Towels, cosmetic products and personal hygiene products
- Personal medicine as well as a first-aid kit
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Passport, visa (if needed), driver's license, your wallet
Bosnia-Herzegovina is a beautiful country that surely has a lot more to offer than we can cover in just a couple of days of riding. Thus, we would be more than happy to assist you in booking some additional nights, whether you would just like to spend some more days at the beach or you would like to enjoy some more action with one of our guides!
During our tours, we will stay in good local guesthouses that we have only had positive experiences with so far.
Bosnia-Herzegovina is best-known for its good wines and the diverse Mediterranean cuisine, which does not only feature Bosnian but also Serbian and Croatian specialities. Generally, the Bosnian-Herzegovinan cuisine is rather simple and meat-based, however due to its border to the Mediterranean Sea, fish is also frequently available and very tasty due to its freshness.
In public buildings as well as gastronomic places, smoking is generally not permitted, however some places feature smoking areas. A tip of 5 – 10% is expected to be given in restaurants, and it is also common to give porters, taxi drivers and room maids a tip as well. While it is possible to drink tap water in Bosnia-Herzegovina, it is generally recommended to drink bottled water.
We advice you, as for any trip, to conclude a travel health insurance before your tour.
Riding motorbikes is an outdoor sport, which is why the weather is always a risk factor. Should the weather be bad, our guides will determine whether they think that we can ride the tour anyways or not and if any changes to the routing must be made so that you can enjoy a safe adventure. Should our guides decide that going for a ride is too dangerous given the current situation, we will cover the kilometers in our support vehicle and try to adhere to the rest of the program as good as possible.
You can find all information regarding the cancellation of your booking in our terms and conditions.
Now, that you have got a general overview of what to expect on your trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina, you can take a look at the website of the government of the UK on travel advice for Bosnia and Herzegovina to get even more information. We at Viaduro care for your safety, and therefore we would like to provide you with some information that enables you to travel safely. However, we can always only assume which information is important to the average traveler, so you might as well look for more information regarding your specific needs elsewhere. Although we are regularly updating this information, it might also happen that not everything is up to date as frequent changes can always take place, thus, all information provided is not legally binding.
One last advice, please always make sure to listen to our guides! We can guarantee you that the only thing they want you to do - except having fun of course - is to be safe, and they are the ones that know this country best and that have the best overview of the ongoing situation. With that being said, you are now ready to read through the actual travel information. Enjoy your trip!
- Last update: 17.11.20 -