Friday May 17, 201301:38 AM GMT
EU to decide on Croatia-Bosnia border crossing regime
Fri May 17, 2013 1:38AM
Ivana Setic, Press TV, Sarajevo
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After Croatia joins the E-U, Bosnian citizens will be the first to feel the consequences. Bosnians are currently able to travel to Croatia with their I-D cards, but from July 1st they will need a biometric passport. If they don't have one, they will have to apply for a visa.

From July 1 Bosnians will no longer be able to enter Croatia freely with just their ID cards. When Croatia officially joins the European Union it will be forced to implement its visa regime and that means changes for Bosnian citizens when traveling to Croatia.

Under current EU visa rules citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina do not require a visa to enter the EU if they have a valid biometric passport. If they don’t then they must apply for a visa. The rules will be the same from July 1 when entering Croatia, but the government has applied for more flexible rules.

Commenting on Croatia's government decision to terminate the agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina on visa-free travel, EU Delegation spokesperson announced that such decision was expected and in line with Croatia's forthcoming accession to the EU. A decision on this will be made by EU member states and Croatia's formally approached them on this issue in March. The request has been recently discussed by the Union bodies and the Legal Department of the EU Council will give its verdict soon.

Croatia will be the second former Yugoslav country after Slovenia to join the EU. In view of Croatia’s accession, the most affected Balkan country will be Bosnia and Herzegovina and although Bosnia is a potential candidate for EU it will be years before the country becomes a full EU member state.

If Croatia gets a negative answer regarding their request, having in mind the upcoming tourist season, the country will for sure sense the absence of Bosnian tourists.

Croatia’s request to the European Council to allow Bosnian citizens to enter Croatia with just ID cards needs to be supported by all EU member states.
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