Official information British people moving to and living in Hungary need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.
EU exit: what you need to know
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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 EU exit, you should:
Before you go
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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:
- 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.
The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.
In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.
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.
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
Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).
Hungary and the UK have a double taxation convention to prevent income being taxed in both countries.
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.
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.
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
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
If you’re resident in Hungary, you can vote in local municipal and European Parliamentary Elections.
See travelling with pets.
UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.
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
If you need urgent help, contact the British Embassy Budapest.
Accommodation and buying property
Other useful information
- English-speaking lawyers in Hungary
- English-speaking translators and interpreters in Hungary
- Notary services in Hungary
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.
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.