Passport from Bosnia & Herzegovina Series III
SERIES III

In 1997/1998, High Representative introduces neutral passport in terms of coat-of-arms and there were three version
  • Bosniak: Pasoš (Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine)
  • Bosnian-Croat: Putovnica (Federacija Bosne i Hercegovina)
  • Bosnian-Serb: пасош (Republika Srpska, Република Српскa)

First two (Pasoš and Putovnica) which were given to people who declared themselves as Croats or Bosniaks (or the language they prefered).

Bosnia and Herzegovina's 1999 Law on Travel Documents describes the 32-page passport (BiH 1999, Art. 8) as dark blue in colour, with the title Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country's Coat-of-arms on the cover (Art. 6). The passports indicated on the cover which part of the Federation's constituent the bearers were citizens of, either the Bosnia and Herzegovina or the Republika Srpska.

BiH began issuing new passports in 1999 to comply with provisions in the Dayton peace agreement that all citizens of BiH should have equal passports. The new passports also meant that citizens of the Republika Srpska would no longer require a visa to enter neighbouring Croatia. Hina reports that the new passports would be valid for a period of 5 years, although passports for persons under 16 years old are valid only for 2 years.

The new coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina was adopted in 1998. Previous coat of arms was viewed as medieval symbol that represented Bosnianks so Serbs wanted it to be changed.

The current coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina presents the typical straight top, oval sides, and spiked bottom. The coat of arms has two background colors, dark blue and gold. Both colors are seen in the coat of arms between 1992 and 1998. Even though the current coat of arms does not directly relate with Bosnian-Herzegovinian history, the colors that were used were the ones from the former coat of arms. The top right corner forms a yellow triangle symbolizing the shape of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the blue covering the remaining portions of the flag portraying the sky, rivers and lakes.

The current coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina presents the typical straight top, oval sides, and spiked bottom. The coat of arms has two background colors, dark blue and gold. Both colors are seen in the coat of arms between 1992 and 1998. Even though the current coat of arms does not directly relate with Bosnian-Herzegovinian history, the colors that were used were the ones from the former coat of arms. The top right corner forms a yellow triangle symbolizing the shape of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the blue covering the remaining portions of the flag portraying the sky, rivers and lakes.

LAW

Law on Travel Documents of Bosnia and Herzegovina
1 December 1997
 
Article 2

A travel document is a public document proving identity and citizenship of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Citizenship of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina or Republika Srpska.

Article 3

A citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina [hereinafter: "citizen"] shall be entitled to have a travel document under the conditions provided by this Law.

Article 4

Travel documents are: Passport, Diplomatic Passport, Service Passport, Group Passport and Travel Certificate. A Citizen may possess only one travel document of the same kind.

Article 6

The Passport shall be of the following form:

1.  The cover shall be of dark blue colour;

2.  The front cover shall contain, in the following order,
  1. the words "Bosnia and Herzegovina";
  2. the Coat of Arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina (when decided by the Parliamentary Assembly and approved by the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  3. the word "Passport",
  4. the words "The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina" in italics if the bearer of Passport is citizen of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
  5. the words "Republika Srpska" in italics if the bearer of the Passport is citizen of Republika Srpska.
  6. the height of the letters of the Entity name is half the height of the letters for the name of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The length of the Entity name shall be equal to the length of the name of Bosnia and Herzegovina

3.  The text of items a), c) and d) shall be printed in the Bosnian or Croat language for passports of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued to persons mentioned under d), as chosen by the applicant for the passport. The text of items a), c) and e) shall be printed in the Serb language for passports of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued to persons mentioned under e). Items a) and c) shall also be printed in the English language.

4.  The text of the first page of the Passport shall be identical to the text of the front cover.

Article 8

Every Passport shall contain:

1.  32 pages with perforated serial number;

2.  on the inside of the front cover a laminated identification page which shall contain the followingitems in Bosnian, Croat and Serb language and alphabet. The information contained therein shall be written in Latin script:
  1. surname,
  2. forename(s),
  3. date of birth,
  4. personal identification number
  5. sex,
  6. place of birth,
  7. date of issue,
  8. date of expire,
  9. place of issue,
  10. signature of bearer,
  11. Passport serial number; and
  12. a photograph of the bearer;

3.  the page reserved for children shall include:,
  1. surname,
  2. forename(s),
  3. date of birth,
  4. place of birth, and
  5. sex
of any such children.

4.  the inner page of the back cover shall contain the following text:
  1. "This Passport should be safeguarded in every way and must not be altered";
  2. "The Passport may be used only by the bearer in whose name it is issued. Children under age 16 whose names are included in it must therefore be accompanied by the bearer.";
  3. "The Passport is not valid unless signed by the bearer on the designated signature line.";
  4. "The bearer of this Passport is citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina" and either "the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina" if the bearer of the Passport is a citizen of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina or "Republika Srpska" if the bearer of Passport is a citizen of Republika Srpska.and
  5. "This Passport contains 32 pages."

CITIZENSHIP

Law on Citizenship of Republic of Srpska (1999) and the Law on the Citizenships of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001). Both entity laws equally provided that citizens of the entity ‘are thereby citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina’.

Entity citizenships are primary, while the state citizenship is derivative.