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Here Are Some Things To Consider When Travelling To Hungary From The Uk

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Hungarians and foreigners can enter Hungary according to the current epidemiological situation. You can find the most current and accurate information on the official websites of the National Police Headquarters and of the Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. If you have any questions, please contact your airline or travel agent.

What Are The Entry Requirements?

All restrictions on entry into Hungary have been lifted by the government as of 7 March 2022. The government has restored the situation before the coronavirus pandemic, which means that all passengers can fly into Hungary without the need for a vaccination certificate, certificate of recovery, or negative PCR tests. All epidemiological controls have been lifted, and only non-Schengen border checks are conducted at the airport. Passengers arriving from Schengen countries may enter the country without any documentation checks. Passengers arriving from non-Schengen nations are subject to restrictions regarding entry. The airport Police Directorate also activated the automatic passport gates to allow faster passage into and out of the country.

Before You Travel, Make Sure To Check Your Passport And Other Travel Documents.

Your passport must be valid for at most 3 months after your arrival in Hungary if you plan to visit.

Your passport must be valid for at most 3 months after your arrival if you are a Hungary resident.

Make sure you check with your travel agent to ensure your passport and any other travel documents are compliant with their requirements.

Passport validity

You must comply with the Schengen Area passport requirements if you plan to travel to any EU country (except Ireland) or Switzerland, Norway or Iceland, Liechtenstein or Andorra, Monaco or San Marino.

Your passport must contain:

  • Issued less than 10 years prior to the date that you entered the country (check the “date of issue”).
  • Valid for at least three months from the day you intend to leave (check the “expiry date”)

Before you travel, ensure that your passport meets all requirements. Extra months could have been added to your passport’s expiry date if it was issued prior to October 2018.

If you feel your passport doesn’t meet these requirements, contact the Embassy of the country where you are visiting if you are required to renew your passport.

Visas

Travel to the Schengen region can be made for as little as 90 days within a 180-day period. You don’t need a visa. You can travel to the Schengen Area as a tourist or to visit your family and friends.

You can travel to Hungary or other Schengen countries with no visa if you do not have a visa. Your 90-day limit does not apply to visits made within the last 180 days.

You will need to comply with the entry requirements of Hungary in order to stay longer, work, study, or travel for business purposes or any other reason. You can check with the Hungarian Embassy to see what kind of visa or work permit you might need.

If you are travelling to Hungary for work, please refer to the guidance regarding visas and permits.

You can stay in Hungary without a visa if you have a residence permit, long-stay visa or another type of visa.

Passport stamping

If you are visiting Hungary, check that your passport has been stamped. To verify that you are complying with the 90-day visa exemption limit for short stays within the Schengen region, border guards will stamp your passport. Border guards will assume that you have exceeded your visa-free period if the relevant entry and exit stamps are missing from your passport.

If you have evidence that shows when and where you entered the Schengen region, ask border guards for this information to be added to your passport. Tickets and boarding passes are examples of acceptable evidence.

It may be necessary to:

  • Show a return ticket or onward ticket
  • Show that you have enough money to pay for your stay

For passport stamping information, if you’re a resident of Hungary, please refer to our Living In Hungary guide.

Fines

If you fail to pay a prior fine in Hungary, your entry into Hungary may be blocked. For assistance in paying outstanding fines, contact the Hungarian Embassy in London.

Customs regulations

The EU regulations allow for the free movement of goods among member states. This means that there are no customs requirements for goods being exported from Hungary to other EU member states and/or imported from Hungary to a member state. It is possible to export or import goods that have been purchased for personal use, gifts, or other non-commercial purposes. However, certain goods, such as pets, hunting weapons and alcohol, tobacco products and medicines containing a drug, are not allowed to be transported. The EU has special restrictions or permissions that may apply to certain goods.

On the website of the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary, you can check the customs regulations for entry or exit to Hungary.

 

Hungary’s Top Places To See

Although Hungary is known for its goulash, paprika, and other sweet treats, it’s also known for world-class wines and its pear liqueur, which is orange-coloured.

Hungary is home to many cultures. It was ruled by the Romans. You can still find remains of Roman fortifications, as well as magnificent buildings that date back to the Middle Ages. Hungary is also home to the beautiful Danube River. A boat ride along it would complete any trip. Here’s a list of the top places in Hungary.

Budapest

Budapest, Hungary’s capital and largest city, is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful. Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Hungary. It has the largest thermal water cave system in the world, as well as the city’s top attraction. From Fisherman’s Bastion (originally part of the city walls), you can see spectacular views of Budapest and the Danube. Shoes of the Danube is a poignant memorial to the Jews who died in World War II. Here, Jews took off their shoes and were washed away by the river.

Budapest is a combination of two cities: Pest and Buda. They are separated by the Danube River but blended together to create one great metropolis. Castle Hill, located on the west side of the Danube in Buda, is the home to the much-renovated Royal Palace. It dates back to 1265. You can’t miss attractions such as the Matthias Church, which dates back to 800 years ago, and the National Gallery. These museums are a testament to Hungary’s imperial past.

Contrary to Buda’s hilly area, eastern Pest is flat with endless boulevards. Pest is home to the city’s historic downtown, universities, and other sites such as the House of Terror. The former townhouse, now a memorial museum, is the headquarters of the Nazi party during World War II as well as the secret police in Hungary when it was a member of the Soviet Union.

Budapest is known for its open-minded approach to modern life, despite being a city that is steeped in history. This is more apparent than in the “ruin bars” that sprout up in the city’s less developed areas when the weather is good. It can be difficult to find open-air bars, cafes, and clubs, but it is worth the effort.

Budapest has many spas where you can relax. These baths are fed by hot springs below the city. “Taking the waters” in Budapest is a must-do experience, whether it’s in a modern Turkish spa or an old Turkish bathhouse. After a long day of exploring Eastern Europe, it’s the ideal way to unwind.

 

Eger

Eger is the second-largest city in northern Hungary. It’s also known for many things. The city was founded in the 10th century by Saint Stephen, Hungary’s first Christian King. It is known for its beautiful baroque architecture. Eger is still an important religious centre. An Episcopal cathedral was established by the king. Castle Hill was the site of the cathedral, and the city grew around it. The city’s most prominent sights are still the castle and basilica. Next is the Valley of the Women, which features a series of wine cellars as well as restaurants set into the hills around it. The Torok Kori minaret is the northernmost Turkish minaret in Europe. It’s steep but worth the 150-step climb.

Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton is the place to go if you find relaxing in a resort more appealing than strolling down another cobblestone street looking at another mediaeval building. Hungary’s most visited summer resort is Europe’s largest freshwater lake. It is so large that it is sometimes called the “Hungarian Sea”, a charming misnomer because Hungary is landlocked. Many beaches are covered in grass, but some resorts have made artificial sandy beaches. Siofok, the party capital of the lake, is also where you can catch ferries to Fonyod, which take you to Badacsony (a significant wine-growing area). More wineries can be found on the north shore, including Balatonfured (a historic bathing community) and Festetics Castle, a baroque castle.

Aggtelek National Park

Aggtelek National Park is a must-see for any spelunker. The park, located in northern Hungary, is about three hours from Budapest. It houses the largest stalactite cave in Europe. There are guided tours that cater to specific physical abilities. Listening to Baradla concerts is a unique cave experience. Some parts of the park are off-limits to tourists. Visitors must stay on designated hiking trails in other areas. Aggtelek National park is a great place to view flora or fauna and to visit the charming villages that are within its borders.

 

Hortobagy National Park

In 1973, Hungary’s first national parks were established in Hortobagy National Park. It is home to the largest protected area in the country and Europe’s largest semi natural grassland. The alkaline steppe dates back more than 10,000 years. During the Ice Age, the steppe was home to wild horses and other animals. The land is still home to horses, cattle, oxen, and water buffalo. The park is a great place to bird watch as it hosts 342 species. The Nine-Arch Bridge, which was constructed in the middle of the 19th century to allow people to cross the heavily flooded grasslands, is a key attraction. The Kareag Windmill is another top attraction, which was also built in 19 century.

Returning To The Uk

It is not necessary to fill out a UK passenger locator before you travel. You also do not need to take COVID-19 tests of quarantine upon arrival in England.

 

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