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Travel information for Croatia or Hungary or Serbia or Slovenia

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The country you are in may be helpful but you may not be able to move on to the next one if they do not welcome you.  This means that refugees  migrants and asylum seekers  can face many challenges and difficulties. The information below is reviewed several times daily.

The information  is  posted below under the name of the country it refers to. It might help you if you read the information for all the countries you are thinking of going to and  in case you can’t get into them, the countries next to them.  Please read the advice about landmines and weather conditions.

In any county the situation can change suddenly, so you should check the latest information we have for each country regularly. If you have any information or advice you think should be added to this page please email us:   You may also  find this Schengen Zone information helpful:

Schengen Zone  Information

Map showing the member states of the European Union (clickable)

Map courtesy of Wilki

Countries not in the Schengen Zone are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK. 22 of the 28 European Union countries are in the zone. Switzerland is in the zone,  but is not in the EU.

There are normally no border or passport controls between  two Schengen countries – but Hungary has now introduced controls at its borders.

Countries A – Z

Last reviewed / updated November 3rd  @  00.00

Latest: New Rail Service For Migrants & Refugees In Serbia To New Winter Camp in Croatia  + New Train Services From Croatia To Austrian Border.

See  Croatia  Updates & Slovenia Updates

TRAVEL ADVICE:  For People In Or Going To Austria

EU Member State in the Schengen Zone

Update Oct 8th 03.24    Refugees and migrants in or on their way to Austria face more uncertainty as recent local elections in Austria have threatened the stability of the national coalition government.  In the elections 30%of voters voted for the far-right, anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO)  The FPO  polled more support than either of the coalition parties.

In a bid to stop the FPO from gaining any power in future elections some members of the socialist-conservative government which has been in power for 70 years are threatening to resign from office unless the coalition tightens up  policies on migrants and reduce spending on the welfare state.  

October 18th update.  Austria Authorities are limiting the number of refugees and migrants entering Austria to 1500 per day.  This is causing delays at the Serbian / Croatian border and the Croatian / Slovenian border  For details see the links for this countries below.

TRAVEL ADVICE:  For People Going To  Bosnia – Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina is not in the EU.

Oct 1st:   Refugees and migrants should avoid going through Bosnia-Herzegovina on their way to Croatia as this country still has hundreds of minefields all over the country, around towns and in the countryside.  Some estimates suggest there are over 100,000 unexploded landmines hidden in the forests and fields. If you enter Bosnia-Herzegovina there is no direct route towards Croatia that you can take without having to walk around the edge of the minefields,.  You cannot travel west, or north west, or north through this country on the way to the Croatian border without being very close to these minefields.


map and Bosnian Landmine warning sign courtesy of wiki.

The route towards the Bosnian border with southern Croatia is almost  completely blocked  by minefields.  In places these minefields reach up into the mountains which are a barrier to entry into Croatia as well. The Croatian Government has said that as it is such a dangerous route to try and enter Croatia by that it will refuse anyone entry to Croatia, and deport anyone, who arrives this way.  See also Croatia Information 

TRAVEL ADVICE:  For People In Or Going To Croatia

EU Member State  NOT in the Schengen Zone

This section  is now on a separate page please  click here   (includes weather summary for the next few days)

TRAVEL ADVICE: For People In Or Going To Czech Rep

EU Member State in the Schengen Zone

23rd Sept Update: The Czech  Government have announced today that they will only accept around 1600 migrants into their country, even if the majority of the European Union Countries vote for a quota scheme. It has not indicated what policy it would have to refugees or migrants who turn up at the border.   See also Visegrad Group below

TRAVEL ADVICE: For People Going To Hungary

EU Member State in the Schengen Zone

This section now is on a separate page please  click here

see also Visegrad Group below

TRAVEL ADVICE: For People Going To Poland

EU Member State in the Schengen Zone

The Polish Government does not want to participate in any EU quota scheme to accept refugees and there have been widespread demonstrations and rallies against  Poland helping refugees in anyway with, some people advocating the only help they should be offered is detention in the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Migrants in Poland should note that organised  right-wing extremists – many of them with association to football teams – are openly hostile and provocative, and attacks on immigrants do occur. In some areas the police allow this to happen.

It is therefore possible that Poland  will close its  border to  refugees and migrants.  If this happens you would be trapped in Ukraine if you managed to get that far. See also the Ukraine and weather warnings sections below. See also Visegrad Group below.

TRAVEL ADVICE: For People In Or Going To Romania

EU Member State.  NOT in the Schengen Zone

The Romanian Government have been openly critical of Hungary’s policies and attitude to refugees and their building the  fence along the Romanian-Hungarian border  This does not mean that they would be sympathetic welcoming or willing to help you by allowing you to travel through Romania to another country.

On September 7th it rejected European Union proposals that Romania should accept 4,646 refugees.  The Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis,  said Romania could only take 1,785.  At the time he said because Romania was not in the Schengen Zone it was unlikely to be a destination by large numbers of refugees and migrants. He also said that anyone wanting to enter Romania ‘had to obey some rules’.

Since then the situation has changed and it is possible that some people might now want to travel to the Ukraine via Romania.  If you wanted to so this it is not clear if Romania’s  Government would permit you to.  

TRAVEL ADVICE For Refugees Or Migrants In Serbia

Serbia is not in the EU.

This section now is on a separate page please   click here   (includes weather summary for the next few days)

TRAVEL ADVICE: For People Going To Slovakia

EU Member State in the Schengen Zone

The Slovakian Authorities in mid-August said they were only prepared to take 200 refugees from Syria, and that they had to be Christians and not Muslims. It is therefore possible that Slovakia will close its border to refugees and migrants.  If this happens you would be trapped in trapped in Ukraine if you managed to get that far. See also the Ukraine and weather warnings sections below.   See also Visegrad Group below.

TRAVEL ADVICE: For People In or Going To Slovenia

EU Member State in the Schengen Zone

This section now is on a separate page please   click here

TRAVEL ADVICE: For People In or Going To Ukraine

Ukraine is not in the  EU.

The political situation in the Ukraine is unstable and Eastern Ukraine is effectively involved in a civil war, though a shaky truce exists at the moment. There have also been demonstrations and violence in parts of Southern Ukraine.

Because of these problems, in September 2016 there were 275,000 internal refugees, according to the United Nations. It is thought that around 100.000 of these people have applied to neighbouring EU countries for asylum.  However they are still in  the Ukraine and help for them is very limited.   It is very unlikely that you would be able to enter other EU countries from the Ukraine because of this situation. See also the weather warning below.

VISEGRAD GROUP:   Czech Rep, Hungary, Poland  & Slovakia

All EU  Member States and all in the Schengen Zone 

Following the fall of communism, these countries met in Visegrad, Hungary (February 1991) and agreed to collectively cooperate on economic, energy, and military issues and also their future relationship and role in Western Europe. All four countries became EU members 2004.

Today  these countries remain very close politically  and each are  ‘nationalist’ in their own right. All four counties, though happy to be EU members, are critical of the power of Brussels which at times they compare with the power of Moscow that they had to tolerate under communism. Each country also has active and sometimes very intimidating right-wing groups who do not welcome migrants, refugees or asylum seekers. The right wing Hungarian and Polish Governments seem to be more sympathetic to these extremist views than the other two counties.

Two days before the EU Quota meeting on September 23rd these four countries met and agreed to vote against the EU Quota proposal. This they did, and given their long-standing relationships it is quite possible that  they may as a group adopt similar policies towards refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. This could include Poland and Slovakia, like Hungary, refusing entry to you at their borders:

image courtesy of wiki

If you decide to try and enter these countries via routes such as Romania and the Ukraine you may not succeed and could end up stranded in the Ukraine.

October 3rd Update  Czech media sources have said that the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia will assist the Hungarian Government and seal their borders with Croatia and Serbia. These countries are prepared to send police and troops to provide this assistance when Hungary asks for help.

October 10th Update  Following a meeting in Hungary of this group on the 9th of October it was confirmed that the Czech Government is prepared to help the Hungarian Authorities seal its Southern borders.

October 16th Update:  An  advance party of Czech Military Engineers where deployed to Kaposvar in Hungary on the 15th October. more

October 17th Update  Hungary has closed it’s borders to refuges unless they want to apply for asylum in Hungary.

Winter  Weather Warning

You should also be aware that from late October and early November, temperatures in central and eastern Europe in the daytime may be at best close to zero. If you are young or elderly or sleeping in the open, this climate is dangerous.

By early December as winter sets in heavy snowfall is possible. Temperatures can be well below freezing day and night with severe frosts particularly in Poland, Romania, Slovakia and The Ukraine.

Weather Update October 14th  In the last few days early light winter snow has affected Western Russia. Ukraine  Poland and northern Germany. Generally the next few days will be less cold with rain showers during the day but some snow is possible overnight when temperatures may fall to freezing and below. Weather forecasts for Serbia and Croatia are given on the Serbian page and Croatian page.

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