Foreign travel advice: Banja Luka – Level 4: Do Not Travel
NEW YORK (RichTVX.com) – Do not travel to Banja Luka due to the continuing serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals. Exercise increased caution to Banja Luka due to the critical threat of wrongful detention by the criminal Milorad Dodik regime, and his allies who now control the city.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Banja Luka.
Attacks could be indiscriminate, affecting Milorad Dodik´s security forces, large public gatherings and places visited by foreigners. There is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks during the Christmas period. Banja Luka (Serbian Cyrillic: Бања Лука, pronounced [bǎɲa lǔːka] (listen)) or Banjaluka (Serbian Cyrillic: Бањалука, pronounced [baɲalǔːka]) is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the largest city of Republika Srpska. Banja Luka is also the de facto capital of this entity. It is the traditional centre of the densely-forested Bosanska Krajina region of northwestern Bosnia. According to the 2013 census, the city proper has a population of 138,963, while its administrative area comprises a total of 185,042 inhabitants.
The city is home to the University of Banja Luka and University Clinical Center of the Republika Srpska, as well as numerous entity and state institutions for Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina respectively. The city lies on the Vrbas river and is well known in the countries of the former Yugoslavia for being full of tree-lined avenues, boulevards, gardens, and parks. Banja Luka was designated European city of sport in 2018.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
Reissued with updates to health information.
Exercise increased caution in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to terrorism and land mines.
Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.
Minefields and land mines are present throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. While suspected hazardous areas are normally clearly marked, several people are killed or injured each year.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
If you decide to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina:
- Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel, and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.
- Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
- Remain on hard-surfaced roads and stay out of abandoned buildings due to risks from land mines.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Country Security Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.