Guidance

Living in Hungary

Official information British people moving to and living in Hungary need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.

Brexit: what you need to know

There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Hungary while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:

Before you go

See our travel advice for Hungary and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.

See moving or retiring abroad.

Visas and residency

See entry requirements for Hungary in our travel advice.

You must carry ID at all times – a copy of your passport won’t be accepted.

If you’re staying more than 3 months, you must register at your local immigration registry office.

You will need your:

  • passport
  • work contract or student acceptance letter
  • bank statements
  • EHIC card
  • lease and proof of address
  • fee (paid by fiscal stamp, available at the post office)

You should get your residency card and address card when you apply.

If you move to a different town in Hungary, you must register your address again at the local registry office.

Healthcare

See our travel advice for Hungary.

The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Hungary.

You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.

If you’re studying, your UK EHIC card will cover you for the duration of your course. If your course isn’t part of a UK degree (eg postgraduate studies), your EHIC is valid for 12 months. See studying abroad.

State health insurance is normally arranged through your employer – they should apply for your National Insurance number and card (TAJ kártya). Insurance contributions will be taken from your wages, and the amount is set by the Hungarian government. If you’re self-employed, you will need to arrange this health insurance yourself.

If you’re seconded to Hungary by your company, there are special rules about your health insurance – you should contact your company’s HR department.

You have to show your health insurance card when you go to the doctor – find English-speaking doctors in Hungary. You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Hungary.

S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Hungary and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.

You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pension Centre.

When you get your S1 form, register it at your local social security office before you register with your GP and get a medical card.

Working in Hungary

See working in another EU country.

Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).

Tax

See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

Hungary and the UK have a double taxation convention to prevent income being taxed in both countries.

See paying income tax in Hungary.

We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Hungary.

All residents must declare assets outside Hungary, including bank accounts, securities, rights, insurance, annuities and property. The declaration is separate to the annual tax return, and there are severe penalties and criminal charges for non-compliance.

You need to get an income tax card (Adóigazolvány) with your tax number (Adószám) from your local National Tax and Customs office.

You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.

Pensions

See State Pension if you retire abroad and new State Pension.

If you have worked in Hungary, see Hungary – old-age benefits.

If you haven’t worked in Hungary, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.

If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.

Life certificates for UK state pensions

If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.

Benefits

See claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.

Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

You may be eligible to claim some Hungarian social security benefits – see Hungarian social security benefits.

If you’ve worked in Hungary but haven’t paid enough national insurance contributions, you should get a statement of your UK National Insurance contributions.

Driving in Hungary

See driving abroad and road travel in Hungary.

See taking a vehicle out of the UK.

You must register your vehicle with the Hungarian authorities within 2 years – see car registration and taxes – Hungary.

You will also need to apply for a local driving licence – see driving licence renewal and exchange – Hungary.

When driving, you should always have:

  • your driving licence
  • your car papers
  • your insurance paper
  • your MOT certificate
  • your passport or ID and those of your passengers
  • a high-visibility jacket
  • a red warning triangle
  • first aid kit

Voting

British citizens living abroad can vote in some UK elections – you’ll need to register as an overseas voter.

If you’re resident in Hungary, you can vote in local municipal and European Parliamentary Elections.

Births

See register a birth abroad.

Deaths

See what to do after someone dies.

See also:

Getting married

See getting married abroad.

Renewing passports

See overseas British passports applications and get an emergency travel document (sometimes called an emergency passport).

Pets

See travelling with pets.

Emergencies

As well as the European emergency number 112, Hungary also has:

  • 104 – ambulance and emergency medical services
  • 105 – fire-brigade, rescue services, civil protection
  • 107 – police

See Hungary – emergency numbers.

If you need urgent help, contact the British Embassy Budapest.

Accommodation and buying property

See buying a property abroad.

Other useful information

Returning to the UK

You must de-register your address at your local immigration registry office.

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

To claim your Hungarian pension, speak to your local pension office.

See tax if you return to the UK.

See bringing your pet to the UK.

Disclaimer

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Hungarian authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

Published 27 November 2013
Last updated 6 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Complete revision of guidance to ensure it's up to date and accurate.
  2. Amended April 2017
  3. First published.