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High Degree of Caution
Security Status Last Updated: 22 October 2020
Latest Travel Alert
COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.
Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on Travel-dfa.ie
Travel to Hungary
Anyone considering travel to Hungary should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country.
A passenger locator form is not required when entering Hungary.
Children (Under 18 years of age) can enter without restrictions if they are travelling with an adult who has the EU-DCC.
Children travelling without an adult are required to request permission to enter. You must apply online for permission from the Police, further details on this process are below.
Arrivals with a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate:
From 1 July no restrictions will apply to passengers arriving into Hungary with an EU Digital COVID Certificate. These passengers will not have to apply for an exemption from the border closure and they will not be asked to quarantine on arrival in Hungary. A PCR test is not required when entering Hungary.
Arrivals without a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate:
From 9 August no restrictions will apply to passengers arriving into Hungary with a negative PCR taken no more than 72hrs before arrival. The test must be taken in one of the countries listed below:
- EU Member State (or candidate Member State)
- OECD Member State
- NATO Member State
- Turkic Council Member State (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan)
- In any other country designated by a decree issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and the Minister of Interior of Hungary
Arrivals without a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate or a negative PCR test:
Only Hungarian nationals, non-Hungarian nationals who are permanently resident in Hungary or non-Hungarian nationals who have permission to remain longer than 90 days, are allowed entry into the country.
Foreign nationals, including Irish nationals without an EU Digital COVID Certificate or a negative PCR test taken no more than 72hrs prior to arrival, can enter Hungary for only the following specific justifiable reasons:
- Non-Hungarian national is taking part in a Hungarian court procedure;
- Non-Hungarian national is carrying out business or other activity justified by a letter of invitation issued by a central government body, an individual regulatory body, or an autonomous state body;
- Non-Hungarian national is receiving health care service, certified by a document issued by the health care institution;
- Non-Hungarian national is carrying out study or exam duty required by an educational institution, certified by a document issued by the educational institution;
- Non-Hungarian national is taking part in cargo related passenger traffic if the aim of the travel is either to get to the cargo transport’s point of departure, or to get home after carrying out such cargo transport duty, if certified by a document issued by the employer;
- Non-Hungarian national’s participation in family events (wedding, funeral, christening);
- Non-Hungarian national is taking care of a relative;
- Non-Hungarian national is taking part in an international sports-, cultural or religious event of a special significance;
- Non-Hungarian national intends to enter the country for other justifiable reasons.
Foreign nationals wishing to enter Hungary for the reasons listed above must apply for an exemption online at https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/home. The form, which should be completed in advance of traveling, can be completed in English or Hungarian. Children travelling unaccompanied must also complete this form.
Please note that on entering, individuals must agree to undergo a medical examination (temperature check). In case a suspicion of COVID-19 infection arises during the health examination, the individual will be refused entry.
All those entering Hungary (unless transiting) must agree to enter mandatory, legally enforceable 10-day quarantine. If the person has no place of residency in Hungary, they must enter a government designated place of quarantine.
The quarantined individual may request from the authorities’ permission to have two PCR tests conducted within 5 days of arrival, which must be taken 48 hours apart. If the two PCR tests are negative, the authorities can exempt the individual from their quarantine obligation. The cost of the PCR tests must be met by the individual.
General Travel Advice
When travelling within Hungary and to/from neighbouring countries, including Schengen member states, please be aware of the likelihood of more frequent ID checks. Cross border land routes (including trains) are likely to be subject to delays whilst rigorous checking of travel documents takes place, please bear this in mind when making travel plans.
You can contact the emergency services in Hungary by dialling 112. Specific emergency numbers are:
- Fire Department: 105
- Ambulance: 104
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Hungary is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Hungary is maintaining a medium-level (class 3) terror alert in place in the country, although no direct threats of terrorism have been reported. You should always be aware of your surroundings, and follow any instructions from the police (Rendörség) or security services.
Most of Hungary has a moderate rate of crime. However, you should be aware that in and around Budapest in busy tourist spots there is a much higher risk of pickpocketing and muggings. Budapest's famous ruin bars are particularly popular with tourists. The months of May – September are especially busy with interrailing and other travellers. There have been reports of petty crime and intimidation from some bar staff. We advise you to be vigilant and stick with a group where possible.
We recommend the following basic precautions:
- Keep your passport in a secure and safe place while travelling. Leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in busy areas.
- Be vigilant about petty crime: many of the cases we encounter involve stolen passports or wallets.
- Always use a registered taxi provider. All taxis in Budapest are yellow and the cars will have a company logo/sticker on the door. Where possible call a taxi rather than hailing one on the street. Confirm the destination with the driver and be careful when paying as Hungarian notes come in a range of denominations.
- Don't carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
If you're a victim of a crime while in Hungary, report it to the local police immediately. The number for emergency services is 112. Ask a Hungarian to assist you if you are having language difficulties with the operator. At the police station, you can request an interpreter to make a police report in English. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Budapest if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Hungary, be aware it’s compulsory to carry your passport, international driving license and third party insurance with you when driving.
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Holders of a valid Irish passport are granted visa-free travel to Hungary on condition that their visit does not exceed the period of 90 days. For a stay exceeding that period, a residence permit is required.
Entry Requirements for Pets
The requirements are listed on the below sites:
Irish citizens don’t require vaccinations when travelling to Hungary. However, you should seek medical advice about inoculations to prevent tick-related medical problems (such as tick-borne encephalitis), particularly if you expect to be visiting lakes or wooded areas.
English Speaking Professionals
You may need to contact an English speaking lawyer or doctor during your time in Hungary. For your convenience the Embassy has drawn up a list of English speaking professionals, which you may find useful. Inclusion on these lists should not be taken as a recommendation by the Embassy.
24 hour medical services
In Buda: II dstr. Ganz str. 13.
XII. dstr. Diósárok u. 1-3.
In Pest: V. Dstr. Semmelweis u.14.
Tel: 00-36-1-311- 6816
After hours pediatric care
In Buda: Henger u. 1.
Tel: 00-36-1-212- 5979
In Pest: Gyöngyössi u. 29.
Tel: 00-36-1-320- 8403
24 hour pharmacies:
XII. Dstr. Alkotás út 1/b.
V.dstr. Teréz krt. 41.
For consular emergencies outside working hours please call the Embassy on +36 1301 4960 and leave a voicemail which is monitored by the Duty Officer.
Embassy of Ireland
Szabadsag ter 7.
Bank Center, Platina Tower 2, VI. Floor
Monday to Friday 09.30 - 12.30 and 14.30 - 16.30
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.