Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Hungary.
Read this page in combination with the general guidance for EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The authoritative source for Hungarian market regulations is the Hungarian government. This guidance links to official Hungarian sources wherever possible.
Trade and services regulations in Hungary
If you’re a UK business offering services in Hungary, you’ll need to follow Hungarian regulations about:
- getting authorisations or licences to provide a service
- complying with specific local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
The Hungarian e-government portal for service providers can help you to:
- find out about providing services in Hungary
- understand local regulations
- complete any relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Hungary to help you comply with specific regulations.
To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.
To sell or provide services to customers in Hungary, you must follow local laws. If in doubt, you should get professional advice.
Reservations are part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. They reserve the right of each party to keep or make new laws restricting investment, or the sale of services, in ways that would otherwise breach the rules in the agreement.
Check which reservations apply to the sale of services from the UK to Hungary. This includes an interactive tool to find reservations that are already in place.
VAT on sales of digital services
To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.
Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.
Ownership of companies registered in Hungary
If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a company registered in Hungary or any other EEA country.
For information about setting up and running a business in Hungary, visit the Point of Single Contact.
Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.
Ownership of legal firms in Hungary
UK legal professionals who have investments in law firms in Hungary should contact the Hungarian National Bar Association for further information on the implications for your investment.
Business travel and entry requirements
UK business travellers and service providers may need a visa, work permit or other documentation.
Check our travel to Hungary for work guide for detailed information on:
- types of visa and work permit routes available
- exemptions that may apply to you or the activity you are planning to undertake
The Immigration and Asylum Office website has more information about:
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
- work and residence permits
- supporting documentation
- other conditions
Check which actions travellers visiting Europe need to take.
Social security payments for employees
Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Hungary.
Recognition of professional qualifications
To check what you need to do in Hungary, read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.
If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Hungary, these sources can help you:
- Hungarian NARIC, the information centre for the recognition of professional qualifications
- the Hungarian single point of contact
The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ) provides practical assistance and advice to:
- professionals who qualified overseas and are interested in working in the UK
- UK professionals seeking to practise overseas
UK statutory auditors working in Hungary
For UK statutory auditors, the Hungarian Chamber of Auditors should be able to provide further information.
UK lawyers working in Hungary
If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Hungary, either using a Hungarian or a UK professional title, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the Hungarian National Bar Association website for specific advice.
Data transfer and GDPR
As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from the EEA to the UK will continue after 1 January 2021 for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.
As a sensible precaution during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with EEA organisations that transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.
Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.