IMPORTANT NOTICE ON RULES AND REGULATIONS
1.) The European Commission has formally adopted a revised harmonised list of supporting documents on 6 September 2021 which is now applicable.
2.) The BREXIT transition period has ended. As of 1 January 2021 Third-country national EEA/EU/Union family members holding a UK residence permit explicitly issued to the EEA/EU/Union family member shall obtain an entry visa before visiting Hungary. This rule only applies to those Third-country national family members, who need a visa to cross the Schengen borders.
3.) British citizens do not need a visa to visit countries in the Schengen Area short-term after Brexit. The UK has now joined a group of visa-exempt third countries which means that, although the UK is now a third-nation, its citizens are not subject to visa requirements. Whilst a visa is not needed for transit, tourism or family visit, British citizens who wish to enter for other reasons such as to work should check the visa requirements of the specific EU member state. Hungary does not require a visa from British citizens for any reason (including work) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. British citizens who wish to enter Hungary to work should check if they need a work permit (which is not a visa) with the help of their future employer. Information in Hungarian is available for employers at the National Employment Service's website. Should the intended stay, for any reason, exceed 90 days in any 180-day period, British citizens need to apply for a residence permit (see point II below)
4.) As of 2 February 2020 new EU rules on short-stay visas make it easier for legitimate travellers to apply for a visa to visit Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business, while providing more resources for countering irregular migration risks and threats to internal security. For further details please visit https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_149
5.) Please note that the visa procedure concerning family members of Hungarian citizens has changed with effect from 1 January 2019 (see below: point III.6 and 8)
6.) Consulates are collecting fingerprints and digital photos from visa applicants and the applicants' data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS).
The data can be consulted by all visa-issuing authorities of the Schengen States, and is counter-checked by border authorities at the entry of the visa holder into the Schengen area.
For further information: https://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-information-system-vis
7.) Non-EU citizen need a valid passport fulfilling the following criteria:
· its validity shall last until at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States
· it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.
8.) List of travel documents which entitle the holder to cross the external borders of the Schengen Area and which may be endorsed with a visa can be found on the following website at the (Info banner on the right, under 4 different links):
9.) Please note that a visa is only a prerequisite for entering the country. However, entry conditions may be checked at the border and you might be refused to enter the country even if you possess a valid visa in case you fail to comply with the entry conditions.
VISAS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
For general information on Schengen Visa Policy please check the following website:
For general information on travelling to Hungary please visit:
Please note that certain travel documents issued by British authorities to third country nationals need a Schengen visa to visit Hungary.
II. RESIDENCE PERMIT
Foreigners intending to stay more than 3 months in Hungary may apply for resident permit at the Consulate. Information on residence permit procedure including the downloadable application form can be found on the website of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing: www.bmbah.hu
Please note that as of 1 January 2019, third-country national family members of Hungarian citizens shall apply for a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification for residence exceeding three months. For further details, please click here.
Appointment for residence permit application may be asked at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
III. SCHENGEN VISA
1. General information
Hungary is a member of the Schengen Area, therefore if you have a valid Schengen visa (i.e. you have not surpassed the validity date, the number of days and the number of entries permitted) then you can use it to travel to Hungary as well.
We would strongly recommend you to apply for a visa as early as possible but not more than 6 months before the date of your actual journey.
In accordance with Article 9 of the Community Code on Visas (810/2009 Regulation of the Council and the Parliament) the application should be lodged at least 15 days before the intended travel. If an applicant fails this time due to the point II.3.3.1 of the C(2010) 1620 decision of the European Committee published on 19th March 2010 it is his/her responsibility. Please note that in certain cases the visa procedure could take up to 45 days (in accordance with Article 23 of the Visa Code).
2. Where to apply for a Schengen visa to Hungary
Visa service is provided at the Visa Application Centre for Hungary by VFS Global Services Ltd. (please see point 3.). VFS assists applicants with the procedure and forwards the application to the Embassy for an additional fee.
Please note that if you are not resident in the UK you should normally apply for a visa at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
If you want to visit one Schengen country you should apply for a visa at the Consulate of that country. If you wish to visit several Schengen countries you should apply at the Consulate of the country where you intend to stay for the longest period of time. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but no main destination can be determined you should apply at the Consulate of the Schengen country whose external border you will cross in order to enter the territory of the Schengen Area.
Applications should be lodged at least 15 days before the intended journey. Please note that neither the Consulate nor the Visa Centre takes responsibility for applications submitted less than 15 days before this date and the Consulate reserves the right to send back such applications without making any decisions on them.
3. How to apply at the Visa Application Centre
Applicants are advised to book an appointment to submit an application.
Appointments can be booked online at https://visa.vfsglobal.com/gbr/en/hun/
For more information please call 0871 376 2101 from Monday to Friday between 08.30 and 17.30, or
HUNGARY VISA APPLICATION CENTRE
Joint Visa Application Centre
66 Wilson Street
Joint Visa Application Centre
1 Reenie’s Isle
This is a fast track service as the Centre can receive a high number of applicants and VFS offers support to applicants during the procedure. The service costs £29 in addition to the visa fee.
For more information, please visit the website https://visa.vfsglobal.com/gbr/en/hun/
4. Duration of the procedure
In accordance with article 23 of 810/2009/EC regulation (Visa Code) applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application. However, this period may be extended up to a maximum of 45 days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed.
5. Visa fees
Visa fees can be checked here.
Visas are issued free of charge for the following applicants:
- children under the age of 6 travelling with their own passports,
- family members of EU/EEA citizens either travelling together with their EU/EEA national family members or travelling in order to meet their EU/EEA national family members (family members of Hungarian nationals do not fall under this category)
- researchers having a valid contract with a research institution in Hungary,
- pupils, students and their teachers travelling for study reasons,
- representatives of non-profit organizations under the age of 25 participating and attending seminars, conferences, sport, cultural or educational events organised and held by NGOs,
- Belarus citizens between the age of 6 and 12 years,
- Turkish citizens between the age of 6 and 12 years,
- Belarus national participants aged 25 years or less in seminars, conferences, sport, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.
A reduced fee applies to the following applicants:
- nationals of countries having a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
A reduced fee applies to the following applicants:
- children between the age of 6 and 12 years
The visa fee can be paid by cash, debit/credit card, Postal Order, when the application is submitted at VFS Visa Center.
(http://www.vfsglobal.com/hungary/uk/tourist.html#tourist_overview). Please note that in case of refusal the fee will NOT be reimbursed.
6. Supporting documents to be presented by visa applicants
The European Commission has formally adopted a revised harmonised list of supporting documents on 6 September 2021 which is now applicable.
General requirements when applying for a short stay visa (C):
- passport containing at least two blank pages, issued within 10 years before the submission of the visa application and its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area,
- a United Kingdom residence permit valid for at least one months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area,
- a wholly and legibly completed and signed visa application form,
- a passport-size colour photo (not older than 6 months),
- travel medical insurance valid throughout the territory of the Schengen area and covering the entire period of the applicant’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be €30,000 (such travel medical insurances are available at all post offices),
- documents indicating the purpose of the journey,
- documents in relation to accommodation or proof of sufficient means to cover the costs of accommodation,
- proof of sufficient means of subsistence (eg. recent bank account statements, payslips etc),
- confirmed outward and onward ticket reservation.
The applicant shall present the original, as well as the copy of the documents when submitting the application!
7. Specific requirements
Specific requirements depend on the main purpose of travel, the length of the intended stay and the personal circumstances of the applicant. For more information please visit the following websites:
List of supporting documents in the United Kingdom:
Please bear in mind that the consul may ask for additional documents anytime during the visa procedure and applicants may be called for a personal interview, as well.
8. Documents required from family members of EU/EEA citizens
Third country national family members of EU/EEA nationals accompanied by the EU/EEA national or joining the EU/EEA national are waived from visa obligation in case they possess a ‘residence card of a family member of an EU/EEA national’ issued by an EU/EEA Member State. Please note that you may be requested by the immigration authorities to provide documentary proof of family relationship (e.g. original certificate of birth, marriage or civil partnership).
Family members of EU/EEA citizens not holding the above mentioned residence card are not waived from visa obligation even if they are travelling together with their EU/EEA national family member or travel in order to join the EU/EEA national family member in Hungary.
Family members of Hungarian citizens who need a visa to travel to Hungary based on the 2018/1806/EU Regulation should lodge the application in line with the general Schengen visa procedure (see points III.3-7. above).
9. Visa refusal
If the visa is refused, annulled or revoked, applicants have the right to appeal. Appeals can be submitted in person either by the applicant or by the person who has a power of attorney from the applicant at the competent Hungarian Consulate (that refused the visa application) 8 days within the date of receiving the decision on refusal and 3 days within the date of receiving the decision on the annulment or revocation of a visa.
The Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade decides on the appeals within 15 days (in case of annulment or revocation of a visa within 5 days). The appeal should be lodged in writing and it should be signed by the applicant. The appeal must be submitted in Hungarian or in any other official languages of the European Union. If the applicant lodges the appeal in another language he/she must submit an official translation thereof.
The fee of the appeal procedure is £137, which should be paid when submitting the appeal by debit card or Postal Order made out to the Embassy of Hungary. The fee for the appeal procedure cannot be reimbursed, not even in case of a positive decision. Reduction of the fee is not possible and must be paid by all applicants (even if the visa procedure was free of charge).
Further supporting documents may be submitted during the appeal procedure and the applicant might be called to the consulate for a personal interview.
The decision on the appeal may be subject to judicial review.
In case of refusal a new application may be submitted at any time and the visa fee has to be paid again. For further details about the appeal procedure please check the information on the refusal form.
10. Getting your passport back
Upon collection of the passport, applicants are advised to check the entries of the visa sticker, and notify the Consulate in case of any discrepancy.
11. Information on visa waiver agreements
Please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: