A Country Guide to Hungary

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Health and Vaccinations

Tetanus: Yes
Typhoid: No
Diptheria: No
Malaria: No
Rabies: No
Hepatitis-A: No
Yellow Fever: No

Health Care

Since, Hungary is a EU member, if any of the European travellers or their dependants is suddenly taken ill or has an accident while visiting Hungary, they just need to produce a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to avail free or reduced-cost treatment. However, EHIC does not cover illnesses of non-urgent nature.

The authorities in Hungary strongly advise full travel insurance for all travellers to the country.

Travel Advice

From time to time, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK issues Travel Advisories for visits to Hungary. Accordingly, most visits to Hungary are trouble-free but the global threat from international terrorism can never be ruled out. Therefore, the travellers should take adequate precautions while visiting the places of tourists’ interest in Hungary.

As a precaution, the travellers should avoid political demonstrations, as they tend to turn violent in the country.

Though Hungary witnessed an outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1) in January 2007 but it’s largely controlled now. Still, the visitors should be cautious and avoid direct contact with the birds while visiting Hungary.

At the time of publishing, this information is correct. However, the travel advice is periodically and rapidly updated. Therefore, all the visitors are advised to contact at the following addresses for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel - 0845 850 2829
Website - www.fco.gov.uk

US Department of State
Website - www.travel.state.gov/travel

Passport and Visa Info

NationalityPassport RequiredVisa RequiredReturn Ticket Required
BritishYesNoNo
AustralianYesNoYes
CanadianYesNoYes
USAYesNoYes
Other EUNote 1NoNo

Passport

Passports are valid for at least three months beyond the length of the stay required by all nationals of the abovementioned countries except the EU nationals holding a valid national ID card and. Such EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU Member State, including Hungary. Identity can be proved either by a valid a national passport or any valid national identity card.

Visa

Visas are not required for the nationals of the abovementioned countries for stay up to 90 days. The length of exempted stays for nationals of different countries is liable to change, which makes regular contact with the embassy a vital pre-condition. The visitors to Hungary are not allowed to get gainful employment in the country. A work-permit and working-visa is required in advance for non-EU visa-exempt nationals.

Note 1: For EU nationals, visas are not required at all.

The nationals of other countries, not mentioned in the chart above, should contact their local embassy for visa requirements.

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