Entry & Exit Formalities
Hungary maintains 65 or so border road crossings with its neighbours. Border formalities with Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia are virtually nonexistent. However, you may only enter or leave Hungary via designated border-crossing points during opening hours when travelling to/from the non-Schengen nations of Croatia, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia. In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, a controversial border wall now stretches along Hungary's border with Serbia and Croatia. For the latest on border formalities, check www.police.hu.
The following allowances apply to duty-free goods purchased outside the EU:
- 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of loose tobacco
- 2L of wine and 1L of spirits
- 50mL of perfume
- 250mL of eau de toilette
You must declare the import/export of any currency exceeding the sum of €10,000.
When leaving the country, you are not supposed to take out valuable antiques without a ‘museum certificate’, which should be available from the place of purchase.
To enter Hungary, you must have a valid passport or, for many citizens of the EU, a national identification card.
Citizens of all European countries as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA do not require visas for visits of up to 90 days. Check current visa requirements on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu).
Citizens of other countries must consider either a short-stay visa (entry, with stays of up to 90 days) or transit visas (five days). Since Hungary is a member of the Schengen Agreement, if you have a visa valid for entry to any of the other Schengen members, it's also valid in Hungary.