Hungary visa and travel medical insurance guide
January 04, 2019
From chocolate-covered cheese curd to wine so sweet that it must be drunk by the spoonful, there are many unique things to explore while vacationing in Hungary. In Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, you can leave your mark literally on the walls, floor and ceiling at a local bar. Pay your respects to WWII victims by visiting the trail or iron shoes on the Danube Promenade and see the famous Vajdahunyad Castle that was once made of cardboard and wood and has now been renovated with stone. With sites like these in Hungary, you are sure to have an exciting time.
There’s a lot to get excited about when organising your visit to Hungary. To fully enjoy your adventure, make sure you give yourself peace of mind and organize your travel insurance policy as soon as possible, so you can kick back, relax and enjoy your vacation knowing that you have got all your bases covered.
Aside from finding the right cover for you, here are some other important travel tips to be aware of before you set off on your adventure:
Visa Information for Hungary
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Hungary?
U.S. Citizens will be allowed to enter Hungary without a visa for up to 90 days if your passport is valid for more than 90 days.
You will also need the following:
• A passport valid for your intended length of stay (must be issued within the past 10 years and valid for at least 3 months beyond your departure date in Hungary)
• One blank passport page for entry visa
• Valid return ticket
Health and Medical Advice
Before jetting off on your travels, you should check for any health risks, required vaccinations and any epidemic breakouts occurring in Hungary. It’s also a good idea to learn the emergency numbers and find out where the nearest hospital is in case of an emergency.
Do I Need to be Vaccinated When Travelling to Hungary?
There are no obligatory vaccinations when traveling to Hungary. However, make sure to update your routine vaccinations. The standard vaccines are:
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
Travel Health Updates in Hungary
There are currently no reported epidemics.
Emergency Contact Information in Hungary
No one ever wants to have to call the emergency services whilst they’re on vacation, but unfortunately accidents happen and it’s important to be prepared for when they do.
Ambulance Emergency number is: 104
Fire Emergency number is: 105
Police Emergency number is: 107
Hungary Local Laws and Customs
• The laws concerning driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol impose severe prison sentences upon violators.
• Same-sex marriages are not recognized in Hungary. The only location where same=sex couples can show public displays of affection without getting an unfavourable reaction is in Budapest.
Safety and Security
Petty Theft and Crime
Like any popular tourist areas, pickpocketing and petty theft are common. Be alert and keep your belongings with you at all times, especially in crowded areas like train stations and popular tourist spots.
Restaurant and Taxi Fraud
Always ask for the menu prior to confirming your order total and never cash points to pay more money. Also, beware of taxis recommending specific restaurants because they have been known to participate in some of these restaurant scams. Always call a taxi from the list of authentic taxis found in the phone directory.
Never leave your drinks unattended at a restaurant, bar or club.
U.S. Embassy Budapest
Szabadság tér 12
Telephone: +(36) (1) 475-4444
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(36) (1) 475-4444
Fax: +(36) (1) 475-4188 or +(36) (1) 475-4133
Email: [email protected]
Useful Tips for Hungary
Official Language(s): Hungarian and Romani
The most popular languages spoken in Hungary is Hungarian and Romani. English and German are the most common foreign spoken languages.
Currency: Hungarian forint, Hungarian adópengő
Before your trip make sure to exchange enough Hungarian forint and Hungarian adópengő for your spending requirements and to get the best exchange rates.
Plug Sockets: Type C, Type F
Hungary uses two types of plug sockets: C and F. The standard voltage and frequency are 230V and 50 Hz. We would recommend that you buy a plug adapter if you don’t have one already.
You can determine if you need a converter or a transformer by looking at the appliance rating plate. A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: 110-240 V’ on the appliance body. In this case you wouldn’t need a converter or transformer.
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