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According to IATA, a citizen of X country can travel to Bosnia using a Cyprus Visa (multiple entry). However, following a visit to Bosnia's Embassy, the officer responded the following: You have to obtain a Schengen visa to enter Bosnia.

Then, I informed her that once I used the Cyprus visa to visit Croatia. She replied saying: So your Cyprus visa is valid for Schengen because Croatia does not have border controls with EU. As such, you can use your Cyprus visa to enter Bosnia.

I am not confident in her answer. What do you advise me in this regard? I wish to travel to Bosnia using this visa instead of applying for a new visa just for 4 days’ visit!

  • "Croatia does not have border controls with EU" is false. – phoog Sep 26 '19 at 14:38
  • What does "(Case)" mean in the title? – DavidSupportsMonica Sep 26 '19 at 18:44
  • I have seen cases in which both Timatic and embassies have given incorrect information. But while it's been quite rare to find an error in Timatic, I see embassies giving wrong information all the time. In either case, to be sure, you would have to go back to official sources from the country's foreign ministry or directly to their laws and regulations. – Michael Hampton Sep 26 '19 at 21:29
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Here is an official Bosnian government source, from the Ministry of Security. In reading it, keep in mind that Cyprus is, as you note in a comment, an EU country. I have added emphasis to the text to call attention to the places where it mentions "EU country":

Visa-free regime for the Multiple Entry Schengen Visas or Residence Permits in the Schengen or EU Member States

Nationals of the countries having a visa-free regime with BiH may enter BiH with their passports without obligation to obtain a visa for entry, exit, transit and stay on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina provided they hold a valid multiple entry Schengen visa or a visa of a [sic] EU country or an appropriate residence permit in a Schengen or EU country.

These provisions apply only if a holder of a Schengen visa/EU country visa or of appropriate residence permit in the Schengen area or EU country, arrives to Bosnia and Herzegovina from:

  • the Schengen area;

  • a Member State of the European Union;

  • a country having signed a readmission agreement with BiH, which has entered into force.

In this case, a total stay in BiH cannot exceed 90 days within the 180-day period, starting from the date of first entry, provided that one uninterrupted stay in BiH cannot be longer than 15 days and within a period of validity of the visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen or EU country.

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Bosnia, Croatia and Cyprus are not Schengen Countries

  • dual or multiple entry Schengen C-Visa can be used to enter these three countries
  • the national visas or residence permits of European Union Countries can be used to enter Bosnia

  • IATA claim: true since Cyprus is a European Union Country

  • Bosnia's Embassy claim 1: correct, you can use a dual or multiple Schengen Visa to enter Bosnia
  • Bosnia's Embassy claim 2 and 3: the meaning of the statement is not clear to me, but Croatia does allow entry with a Cyprus national visa

For visits to Cyprus and Bosnia

  • a multiple entry Schengen Visa should be applied for
    • a dual entry may not be sufficient
  • could find no statement that a Cyprus national visa is valid for other Schengen Countries
  • According to Timatic, Visa Exemptions to Bosnia: Passengers with a multiple-entry visa issued by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland (Rep.), Monaco, Romania, USA, United Kingdom or a Schengen Member State for a maximum stay of 30 days. The visa must be valid for the period of intended stay. A total of 90 days is granted within 6 months. – Alex Sep 26 '19 at 13:44
  • @Alex I could not find confirmation of this at (what I assume) is an official Bosnia government site. msb.gov.ba/inf_za_strance/… – Mark Johnson Sep 26 '19 at 13:51
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    Please see the paragraph under "Visa-free regime for the Multiple Entry Schengen Visas or Residence Permits in the Schengen or EU Member States". Cyprus is a EU member state. – Alex Sep 26 '19 at 13:56
  • @Alex It would be helpful for you to provide the URL of the page you're referring to. – DavidSupportsMonica Sep 26 '19 at 14:03
  • @Alex ok, that might work. And for Croatia Cyprus is meantioned by name. Wiil adapt answer. – Mark Johnson Sep 26 '19 at 14:06

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