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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

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FAQ

Do I need international driving permit for Bosnia?

Driving with an IDL is necessary since it serves as a translation of your native valid driver's license. It is required for car rental and identification.

Can I get an international driving permit online?

Getting an international driving permit for Bosnia and Herzegovina via our website only takes 20 minutes. You can obtain your IDP in English. You just need to fill the application form: provide your name, telephone number, address, and zip code.

What do I need to drive in Bosnia?

If you are coming from foreign country, you need valid international driver's licence for car rental and legal driving in Bosnia.

Can you drive in Bosnia with US driving license?

No, you will need international driving permit in order to drive or rent a motor vehicle in Bosnia. International driving permit is required the following countries for for people with US driving licence: Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Spain.


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Most Important Driving Rules in Bosnia

It isn't enough to just know the best locations to drive to. Knowing the most important driving rules is essential to ensure that your driving experience will be safe, legal, and hassle-free. These are just among the rules tourists must abide by.

Always Have Your Important Documents With You

Aside from an International Driver's Permit, the law requires drivers to carry their essential documents while driving. Among those required aside from an IDP are your native driver's license, car insurance, and an emergency kit containing warning triangles, headlamp converters, spare bulbs, and winter tires for driving in the snow.

Wear your seatbelt at all times

A universal rule of driving is to buckle up at all times. Seatbelts save our lives, and it is proven that most injuries are avoided by buckling up. If traveling with children below 12, remember to purchase a car seat and not let them sit in front. On-the-spot fines are issued in Bosnia and Herzegovina if caught committing a violation.

Don't Drink and Drive

Driving under the influence poses a significant threat not only to yourself but to people and your surroundings. In Bosnia, the maximum blood alcohol level is at 0.05%, meaning that something as simple as a glass of beer or wine can put you above the legal limit. This is why it is essential always to have your important documents to get pulled over for offenses.

Preparing for a trip to a foreign country is not as easy as it seems, with several documents needed to secure and planning the itinerary. Coming prepared through reading about the country can help a lot, especially if you’re planning to drive on foreign roads. 


Top Destinations in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is better known as BiH, or Bosnia for short, is a country situated in the Balkan region known for its traditional folk villages, religious architecture, and great natural spots. A melting pot of various influences, this country has migrants from different nations convening and leaving a mark on their country's culture. Its neighboring countries are Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. Though it might be an obscure country, some hidden wonders are waiting for tourists in just about every corner.

Sarajevo

No visit to BIH would be complete without visiting the capital. The country's largest city is home to a wide array of cultures and religions that earned it the moniker "Jerusalem of Europe." Religious pilgrimage isn't the only thing Sarajevo is known for. There are a lot of tourist-friendly places that one can visit in the capital.

One can visit the Gazi Hursev-beg Mosque, the largest mosque in the country with architecture reminiscent of the Ottoman era. Museums such as the Jewish Museum recounts the history of the country's Jewish population, and the Tunnel Museum that once housed food and necessities for people during the civil war. The best times to visit are during May, June, and September.

Driving Directions:

  • Continue to Kurta Schorka/M18.
  • Turn left onto Kurta Schorka/M18.
  • Take A transverzala, Olimpijska and Ive Andrića to Bulevar Meše Selimovića/M18/M5.
  • Follow M18 to Kemal Begova.
  • Continue on Kemal Begova. Drive to Josipa Vancaša.

Mostar

Hailed as "the most beautiful town in Bosnia and Herzegovina" and "The City of Sunshine," Mostar takes tourists back to olden times with the idyllic scenery and architecture. Perhaps the most famous tourist spot is the Old Bridge or Stari Most, built during the 16th century with the river Neretva's crystal blue waters beneath it. Bridge diving on the Old Bridge is a fun activity for thrill-seeking tourists.

Other architectural feats include the numerous mosques in the city that prove Ottoman influence and the Crooked Bridges, a miniature version of Stari Most. The Museum of War and Genocide Victims and the War Photo Exhibition are some museums that give tourists a glimpse of Mostar during its most turbulent times. The best time to visit is in May, June, and September when the weather is fair.

Driving Directions:

  • Get on A1 in Sarajevo from Kurta Schork.
  • Follow A1 and E73/M17 to Bulevar/M6.1 in Mostar.
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Una National Park

This Bosnian gem, has majestic, crystal blue waterfalls and a bountiful ecosystem. Una National Park's residency, called Bihac, is home to only 60,000 residents. The waters are the main attraction here, and the Štrbački buk is just one of them! The Unac River is another watery wonder that flows through the gorges, and the Krka River is a smaller body of water close to the Croatian border.

One can enjoy water activities such as kayaking and rafting at Una National Park. Wildlife is another main attraction in Una National Park. Fauna such as otters, bats, deer, and fish are abundant in wolves, lynx, and bears. Archaeological attractions are also prominent tourist spots in Una National Park, mainly in religious structures. The best time to visit Una National Park is during July and August, in chilly autumn weather.

Driving Directions:

  • Get on A1  from Kurta Schork.
  • Follow A1 and M5 to R408.
  • Follow R408 to R408b in Kulen Vakuf.

Blagaj

Blagaj is known for the Dervish Monastery and the Buna river springs. Its folk villages are too picturesque to miss. The Blagaj Tekke near the Buna river is a spiritual tourist destination that falls short of mystical and photogenic. The Stjepan Grad is a fortress now reduced to ruins whose name is derived from Stjepan Kosaka, a ruler who once resided in ruins.

You can do other activities in Blagaj aside from day tours at monasteries, and architectural spots include hiking and restaurant hopping. Visit Blagaj in June or August when the weather is fair and a bit cold, making it perfect if you're planning on going on a day tour.

Driving Directions:

  • Get on A1 from Kurta Schorka.
  • Take E73/M17 to M6.1 in Gnojnice.
  • Follow M6.1 to your destination in Blagaj.

Travnik

Old town cobblestone meets modern-day activities in Travnik. Mosques and fortresses abound, perfect for a day tour that takes you back to olden times. The Old Town Fortress has been standing tall in Travnik since the 15th century with its stone walls and nearby museums that showcase traditional life, history, and culture.

Vizier's Grave is another tourist destination that history buffs wouldn't want to miss. Vizier's Grave is a burial site dedicated to Ottoman governors with gorgeous stone pillars. You can't afford to overlook other areas: the mosques, Konoba Plava Voda, a summer terrace with a cottage-like interior. April-July is the best time to visit Travnik.

Driving Directions:

  • Get on A1 from Kurta Schork.
  • Follow A1 to E73/M17/M5. Exit from A1.
  • Follow E73/M17/M5 to your destination in Travnik.

Bascarsija

Nestled beautifully in the heart of the capital is Bascarsija, home to bazaars and shops where merchants sell their wares. Products such as jewelry, pottery, art are available at Bascarsija, whose name means "head/main" (bass) and "commercial street" (carsi). This center of commerce is also home to some modern restaurants and cafés that tourists are welcome to experience.

Since Bascarsija is a reasonably commercial city with a classical touch, the best thing to do is go to restaurants, cafés, or shopping. This is a dream for those who enjoy traveling to eat and shop and experience the unique Bosnian cuisine. Bascarsija's classical side stands out as well in the form of its architecture, such as mosques and churches. The best time to visit Bascarsija is from June to August when the weather is idyllic and fair.

Driving Directions:

  • Continue to Kurta Schorka/M18.
  • Turn left onto Kurta Schorka/M18.
  • Take A transverzala, Olimpijska and Ive Andrića to Bulevar Meše Selimovića/M18/M5.
  • Turn right onto Bulevar Meše Selimovića/M18/M5.
  • Continue on Obala Kulina bana. Drive to Mula Mustafe Bašeskije.

Kravice Waterfalls

This waterbody is nothing short of picturesque with its crystal clear blue waters and majestic waterfalls set against the backdrop of luscious green trees. Kravice is the definition of paradise! This 25-meter high waterfall is close to the Croatian border.

One can do various water activities at Kravice, such as swimming, paragliding, and boat trips. Restaurants are also situated near for tourists to enjoy a delicious meal overlooking Kravice. Summer is the best season to visit Kravice to get the full experience of cooling down in the waters.

Driving Directions:

  • Get on A1 in Sarajevo from Kurta Schork.
  • Drive from E73/M17 to Tasovčići.
  • Take M6 to your destination.

Brcko

It may not be as notable as the capital and other tourist hotspots, but the Brcko District is home to many sights and spots that are just as worthy of recognition as any other. Among the popular sites to visit in Brcko are the Trg Mladih, which boasts Austro-Hungarian architecture in their restaurants and cafés; the Fontana Mladosti, the famous fountain landmark; and the Sacred Heart Church, whose architecture is simple yet stunning.

Visiting Brcko District during June, July, and August is ideal due to the pleasant temperatures that don't get too humid or too cold, making perfect strolling conditions.

Driving Directions:

  • Continue to Kurta Schorka/M18.
  • Follow M18 and R460 to Miroslava Krleže/R458 in Brčko.

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