Will I need an ETIAS to visit Hungary?
Hungary has experienced tens of thousands of migrants traveling to its country having traveled through the Balkans, most of them fleeing unrest in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
The pre-travel authorization ETIAS is being introduced to improve security measures across Europe which has been affected by unprecedented waves of migrants and refugees.
Increasing numbers of terrorist attacks have also caused Europe to increase their security measures.
Hungary, as an E.U. member and a Schengen area country, will be an active participant country in the new scheme.
At present a large number of non-E.U. Nationals are not required to have a visa or travel authorization to enter the Schengen zone. The ETIAS system of pre-travel authorization will enable government agencies from all member countries, to have access to information on all intending travelers. The system will eradicate the problem of non-E.U. nationals traveling across European borders, with authorities having no information as to who they are and the purpose of their journey.
Once released, the system will cost a small fee for all applicants above the age of 18. Each ETIAS will be valid for three years. If passports expire with an ETIAS attached, the intending traveler will need to apply for not only a new passport but also make a new application for an ETIAS.
Hungary is a landlocked country in central Europe. It is bordered by Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
Hungary has an area of 93,030 sq. km and a population of almost 10 million people.
The official language is Hungarian, the major religion is Christianity, and the currency is the Forint (HUF).
Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting European and international visitors.
The capital city, also the largest city, is Budapest, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Budapest is a significant economic hub and classified as a leading global city; it lies on both banks of one of Europe’s most historic and longest rivers, the Danube.
The country offers a diverse landscape, relatively low mountains, the Great Plain, lakes and rivers including Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe. Hungary is also home to the second largest thermal lake in the world, Lake Hévíz.
Hungary joined the European Union in 2004 and has been part of the Schengen Area since 2007. Membership of the Schengen allows border controls to be regulated across all country members.
During the summer months, the border from E.U. countries are generally open, but up to six-hour delays from Belgrade, Serbia are not unheard of.
Hungary at a glance
Area: 93,030 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Calling Code: +36
Travel in Hungary
The Danube and the Tisza rivers divide Hungary into three sections
- Dunántúl (literally “beyond the Danube” or Transdanubia)
- Tiszántúl (“beyond the Tisza”)
- Duna-Tisza köze (“between the Danube and Tisza”)
Transdanubia is a primarily hilly region which includes the far eastern stretch of the Alps. The foothills of the Carpathians is located in the northern part of the country, as is Hungary’s highest peak, The Kékes.
For many travelers, the opportunity to sample Budapest’s famous spa baths is the prevailing reason for their visit. From the fin de siècle grandeur of the Gellért to the octagonal pools of the
Király or Rudas baths, travelers have been taking the waters in Budapest for centuries.
As a new addition to the city’s thriving nightlife, ‘Sparties’ are becoming increasingly popular, the spas may be a place for relaxation and healing by day, but by night revelers take over the spas. With DJ’S playing, disco lights are flashing and drinks being consumed, the spas are opening up to a whole new type of traveler.
Budapest is a favorite destination for a mix of culture, history, art, modern Hungarian cuisine and shopping. Whilst many visitors prefer to visit from May to September, Budapest embraces all things Christmas from late November until New Year’s Eve.
The US and Hungary
Hungary partners with the USA in their common goals in Europe and their common interest in global challenges beyond Europe.
Stability in the Balkans and Operation Atlantic Resolve are two important joint interests.
USA and Hungary share a mutual commitment to reducing threats posed by nuclear proliferation and terrorism, supporting human rights and the rule of law.
U.S. manufacturing and service companies have located facilities in Hungary, thanks to its strategic location in Europe, sound infrastructure, highly skilled and educated workforce and access to E.U. markets.
The U.S. and Hungary both belong to the following organizations
- The United Nations
- North Atlantic Treaty Organizations
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
Hungary is also an observer to the Organization of American States.
Direct flight times from the USA to Hungary are about eight and a half hours, although most travelers will experience a stop in another European country.
When the European Travel Information Authorization System comes into effect, it will give border guards greater confidence in dealing with the traveler in front of them. Border controls in Hungary are notoriously strict and thorough.
Having already been pre-approved, travelers will experience faster border crossings.
If an application for an ETIAS is found to have been filled in incorrectly or the traveler’s circumstances have changed, or information has been found to have been submitted fraudulently, the traveler will be flagged by the automatic system, linked to an extended reserve of information.
The majority of travelers will experience a smooth and uneventful journey.
List of US diplomatic offices in Hungary
The Embassy of USA in Budapest, Hungary
Address: Szabadság tér 12 H-1054 Budapest Hungary
Phone: (36-1) 475-4400
Fax: (36-1) 475-4248
Facts: David B. Cornstein – Ambassador
List of Hungarian diplomatic offices in USA
The Embassy of Hungary in Washington, USA
Address: 3910 Shoemaker St, NW Washington DC 20008 USA
Phone: (202) 362.6730
Fax: (202) 966.8135
Email: [email protected]
Consulate of Hungary in New York, USA
Address: 223 East 52nd St New York, NY 10022 USA
Email: [email protected]
Consulate of Hungary in Miami, USA
Address: 2445 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL, 33022-2480
Phone: (954) 925.1100
Fax: (954) 925.1101
Email: [email protected]