This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Hungary set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact their embassy, high commission or consulate. You may also check with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and travel documents meet their requirements.
If you are travelling to Hungary for work, read the guidance on visas and permits as the rules have changed since 1 January 2021.
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Entry to Hungary
Due to the coronavirus pandemic there are some restrictions on entering Hungary.
However, you can enter Hungary by road, rail and waterway from all the countries neighbouring Hungary (Croatia, Austria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine) without any epidemiological restrictions, regardless of your nationality and coronavirus immunity.
Foreign (including UK) nationals may also enter Hungary without any epidemiological restrictions if they hold a negative PCR test conducted in the previous 72 hours in one of the following places:
- All EU member states and candidate countries
- All OECD member states
- All NATO member states
- All member states of the Turkic Council
- Bahrain, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Russia; Singapore, Ukraine, and the UAE
The document proving the PCR test result should be either in Hungarian or English and should contain the following data:
- result of test; and
- evidence of where the test was performed
You must also meet other general conditions for entry (e.g. a valid travel document).
Residents or family
UK nationals may enter Hungary if they hold a permanent residence permit or a permit allowing them to stay in Hungary for at least 90 days, and can present their documents to the authorities at the border. UK nationals travelling with a family member who is a Hungarian citizen or resident should also be allowed entry. If you do not possess a Hungary issued Immunity certificate, a negative PCR test or meet one of the exemptions, you will be required to quarantine upon arrival.
UK nationals may also enter Hungary without any epidemiological restrictions if they are travelling in the following circumstances:
- arriving for the purpose of business or trade activity - see below
- transiting through Hungary through travel corridors – see below
- operating cargo transport
- people able to prove credibly that have recovered from COVID-19 within 6 months of their travel
- as part of a military convoy
- people travelling on diplomatic or official passports
Business and trade activity
Foreign (including UK) nationals entering Hungary for business purposes, may enter the country without epidemiological restrictions. On entry, unless in possession of a Hungary issued Immunity Certificate, you will need to show proof of an essential business requirement for entering Hungary, e.g. an official letter from your company that includes contact details for verification purposes, or an invitation to a business event. You can provide this on paper or electronically.
It is possible to transit Hungary without any epidemiological restrictions but you must provide proof that you are entering Hungary for the purposes of travelling directly to another destination outside Hungary; you must also explain the reason you are travelling and demonstrate that you are able to transit to your final destination, providing, for example, a hotel reservation or proof of address in another country, a travel ticket, or similar evidence.
Testing / screening on arrival
Unless in possession of a Hungary issued Immunity Certificate, or arriving on land from one of Hungary’s neighbouring countries , people entering Hungary will be subject to a temperature check on arrival.
Unless in possession of a Hungary issued Immunity Certificate or a negative PCR test, or arriving by road, rail and waterway from one of Hungary’s neighbouring countries, or you meet one of the exemptions, people entering Hungary must agree to enter mandatory quarantine, usually at home. You must notify the authorities of the location. If you have a suitable device, you must download software for police to monitor your quarantine. If on-site checks cannot be carried out in any other way, those in quarantine must allow police to enter their home.
If you have no place of residence in Hungary and have no Hungary issued Immunity Certificate, you must enter quarantine at a government-designated location. Quarantine is legally enforced and a fine of around £375 equivalent is levied for breaking the rules.
It is possible to leave quarantine early following two negative COVID-19 tests within 5 days of each other but at least 48 hours apart. Tests are self-funded and your local environmental health office will need to give permission for you to leave quarantine for testing, and also to end quarantine early after showing evidence of two negative test results.
The price of coronavirus tests are capped at Ft 19,500. Having the test conducted at home may incur an additional charge. See the list of environmental health offices in Budapest (in Hungarian); you must contact the office covering your place of residence. There is no single registry of environmental health offices outside Budapest; you will need to carry out an internet search for your local ‘Népegészségügyi Osztály’.
The government’s website has a list of medical centres (in Hungarian) where testing is available. Some offer home testing for an additional fee.
Regular entry requirements
The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:
- you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
- if you are travelling to Hungary and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days
- to stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Hungarian government’s entry requirements. Check with the Hungarian Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit you may need
- if you stay in Hungary with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit
Any time you spent in Hungary or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
At Hungarian border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay
There are separate requirements for those who are resident in Hungary. If you are resident in Hungary, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in Hungary guide.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.
Make sure your passport is:
- valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Hungary, or any other Schengen country
- less than 10 years old
The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum 3 months needed.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Hungary.
Entry into Hungary can be barred if you have failed to pay a previous fine in Hungary. Contact the Hungarian Embassy in London for guidance on paying any outstanding fines before you next enter Hungary.
Community regulations ensure the free movement of goods between EU member states. This means that no customs procedures are required for exporting goods from Hungary to another EU member state and/or for importing goods from a member state to Hungary. The export and import of goods purchased for non-commercial purposes (for personal use or as gifts) while travelling is not restricted, however, the transport of certain goods (such as: pets, hunting weapons, alcohol and tobacco products, medicines containing drugs, etc.) within the European Union is restricted or subject to special permissions.
Check the customs regulations before entering or leaving Hungary on the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary website.