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Complete guide to obtaining a Hungary visa, the required documents, the application steps, and FAQs

There is a reason why Hungary is among the most visited destinations in the world. The  charming country is popular for its beautiful landscapes, architecture, delicious food, and culture.
Hungary welcomes millions of tourists from around the world. However, certain groups of people need a visa (type C) to enter Hungary.

NOTE: A Hungary visa (C) is also referred to as a Schengen visa because Hungary is part of the Schengen Area, together with 25 other countries.

Do I Need a Visa to Go to Hungary?

Here is the list of nationalities who do not need a visa to enter Hungary:

  • Citizens of the EU/EEA. Citizens of other Schengen countries can enter Hungary freely.
  • Citizens from countries with a visa-free agreement. Citizens from the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Britain can stay in Hungary for up to 90 days.

Citizens of countries with a visa requirement must apply for a Schengen Visa to enter Hungary.

Hungary Visa Types

Before applying for a Hungary visa, you must choose the type of visa based on the reason you are traveling as listed below:

  • Short stay Visas. Short-stay visas are issued for everyone who wants to stay in Hungary for no longer than 90 days (three months).
  • Hungary Tourist Visa. Tourist visas are issued to individuals who want to enter Hungary for a maximum period of 90 days. This type of visa allows you to visit other Schengen members within this period and can be issued for single, double, or multiple entries.
  • Hungary Transit Visa. A transit visa authorizes its holder to enter the international zone of the airport and remain there until they take another flight to their country of destination. The transit visa does not allow you to leave the international transit area of an airport, even if you have to wait overnight.
  • Hungary Long-stay Visas. Long-stay visas are issued for more extended stays. For example, if you want to stay in Hungary for more than three months, you have to apply for a Hungary long-stay visa. Based on the purpose of your visit, there are different types of long-stay visas.
  • Hungary Work Visa. If you want to work in Hungary for longer than three months, you need to obtain a work visa. A work visa can be obtained if you are employed in a company directed by a Hungarian citizen or if you are the owner of your own company.
  • Hungary Student Visa. Students who wish to study in Hungary for more than three months must have a Hungary Student visa. This visa allows its holder to stay in Hungary until the educational program they are enrolled in is completed.
  • Hungary Family Visa. Everyone who wants to join their family members (spouse, children, parents, etc.) living in Hungary must apply for a family visa. A family visa is valid for four years and can be extended for four more years.
  • Hungary Working Holiday Visa. A Working Holiday visa is designated for young people between the ages of 18 to 30 who want to visit and explore the life and culture of Hungary. This type of visa is valid for one year and allows young foreign citizens to stay and work in Hungary until their visa expires.

Difference Between Hungary Schengen Visa and Long-Term Visa

You can find a simple comparison between a Schengen visa and a Long-Term visa in the table below.

Hungary D visa Hungary Schengen visa
Long-stay Short-stay
Valid for a maximum of 1 year (365 days) Valid for 90 days within a 180-day period
Work Tourism
Study Business
Family reunification Family visit
Residence permit is mandatory Temporary residence permit is not mandatory

Hungary Visa Document Checklist

When applying for a Hungary visa, you are required to submit the documents below:

  • Hungary visa application form. Fill out the application form and provide all the required information. You must put your signature at the end before submitting it.
  • Valid passport. Your passport must not be older than ten years and must be valid behind your visa expiration date. The passport must have two blank pages for stamping.
  • Passport-sized photograph. Take one photograph in a passport format following the photo requirements for the Schengen visa  and attach it to your application.
  • Schengen Health Insurance. You must have at least a minimum of 30,000€ of coverage within Hungary and all the member states of the Schengen Area.
  • Cover letter. Write a cover letter stating the reason for your travel to Hungary and provide information about your travel itinerary during your stay.
  • Flight itinerary. Enclose details of your flight, arrival/departure time, the entry/depart dates, etc.
  • Confirmed accommodation. Enclose documents that state you have found a place of accommodation in Hungary or that you have the right financial capacity to find a place to accommodate (hotel, family members, friend, etc.)
  • Proof of civil status. The civil status will show whether you are married, divorced, widowed, or in a relationship.
  • Means of subsistence. Provide a bank statement for the last three months to prove you have sufficient financial funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Hungary.

Hungary Visa Application Process

The application process for a Hungary visa is as follows:

  1. Choose the visa type. Check if you are eligible to apply for a visa and choose the type of visa based on the reason for your travel (work, study, business, family).
  2. Schedule an appointment. Contact the Hungarian representation in your country, and book an appointment before visiting the consulate.
  3. Fill in the application form. The application forms are available in Hungarian, English, and French. You can download the form based on your visa type and fill it out for submission. The application form should be signed at the end.
  4. Compile all documents. Read the document checklist below and make sure to complete all the documents from it. If there are any missing documents, you risk getting your visa rejected.
  5. Pay the visa fee. Pay the required fee and print out the receipt of payment for proof.
  6. Submit the application and documents. Submit the application together with the required documents.
  7. Wait for a response. You will be notified about the visa application status (approved/rejected) within two weeks via email.

Hungary Visa Processing Time?

According to the law, the processing time for a visa application must not exceed 15 days. However, for individual cases, the processing time can be extended to a maximum of 45 days.
In cases of countries with a visa facilitation agreement with the EU, the processing time is 10 days.

How Much Does a Hungary Visa Cost?

A Hungary visa costs €80 for adults and €40 for children. After you pay the fee, you must print out the receipt because you will need it for your application later.

Hungary Visa Duration

You can use the Hungary visa for a maximum of three months (90 days) within 180 days. The Schengen visa permits you to enter and stay in all 26 member states of the Schengen Area.
You can see the number of days you are allowed to stay in Hungary on the visa sticker on your passport.

Hungary Visa Extension

You can extend your Hungary visa only in exceptional cases if new facts and special reasons occur after entering the country. The document checklist for a Hungary visa extension is almost the same as applying for a Hungary Schengen visa.
To apply for an extension, you must submit the following documents:

  • Valid Passport.
  • Application Form.
  • One Photograph.
  • Means of Subsistence.
  • Schengen Travel Insurance.
  • Documents proving your situation and the reason for your extension.

What If My Hungary Visa Is Rejected?

If the embassy rejects your visa application, you can appeal within eight days from the day you received the rejection.
The letter of appeal should be written in A4 paper to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary explaining the reason for your appeal in Hungarian or any other official language of the European Union.
If the appeal is written in another language, you must submit an official translation by a certified translator. You will also be required to pay a fee of €30 for the appeal process. The fee can be paid the same time you submit the appeal letter.

For more instructions on how to fill in an appeal letter for visa refusal, click here.

Do You Need a Hungary Visa from the US?

No, you do not. Citizens of the U.S. can enter Hungary for up to 90 days without a visa. The reason for your travel can be for tourism or business.  However, if you want to stay longer than three months, you need to apply for a long-stay visa.

Fun Facts About Hungary

Hungary is a fun place to live and visit. Although you may know a lot about the country, here are some fun facts about Hungary.

  • Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe.
  • The first foreign fast-food restaurant opened in Hungary was Mcdonald’s.
  • There are cowboys (csikos) in Hungary.
  • The first subway line in continental Europe was built in Budapest.
  • The Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters.
  • The national dish for Hungary is gulyas (goulash).
  • Hungarians have won more than 465 Olympic medals.
  • Hungary also has one of the oldest metro railways in the world, dating back to 1896.
  • It is considered rude to clink your beer glasses in Hungary.
  • Budapest has the highest number of thermal springs in the world.
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