Driving Information

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

– A valid, full driving licence – both the photo and paper parts
– An International Driving Permit
– 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 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)
– Bosnian law requires having a safety vest, spare tire, jack, first aid kit, safety triangle, towing rope, and spare light bulbs in the car at all times
– 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

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 tolerated blood alcohol level is 0.03 percent
– 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
– 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