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To visit Hungary you may need a visa. Visa is a permit to enter Hungary for a short stay visit not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period as a tourist, business people, to participate at a conference, cultural event or to transit between the terminals of Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Hungary. For detailed information on the application procedure, visa fee and supporting documents for various types of visits please see the relevant sections of our site You can also download the visa procedure guide from here

Travel agents can download the special procedure for incentive tour groups from here. Please be advised that the Hungarian Visa Application Center shall not accept visa applications from a group of more than 5 people traveling for the purpose of incentive tourism unless this special procedure for incentive tour groups is fully complied with.”

If you wish to learn more on Schengen visa procedure in general you can download the Common Information Sheet from here.

Information on this site is relevant for

Nationals of India, Bhutan and Maldives who intend to visit Hungary;
Applicants who have permanent or temporary long-term residence in India or stay in India for lodging an application in absence of any Hungarian visa representation in their country of origin;

Kindly be advised that nationals of Nepal, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh must submit their visa applications with the German Embassies in Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka respectively which issue visa on Hungary`s behalf. The visa application procedure and conditions for issuing visas are the same as if you wish to visit Germany. Therefore, you are advised to refer to the German Embassy in Kathmandu,  German Embassy in Colombo and  German Embassy in Dhaka websites respectively for further enquiries

Diplomatic, service passport and U.N. laissez-passer holders of India do not need visa to visit Hungary. However, diplomatic and service passport holders may need a visa for their transit through the airport of the Schengen State where they enter the Schengen Area. This particular visa is issued by the Schengen State concerned where the transit airport is located.

For working or studying in Hungary you need a residence permit. Please note that short term visa does not permit you to travel to Hungary for working or studying beyond 90 days. You can apply for residence permit at the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India. For detailed information on residence permits go online to click here.

Where to apply for a visa?

Schengen States issue uniform visas for short stay visit and airport transit. However, it is important for you to know that Hungarian Visa Application Centre can only process your application if the destination of your visit is Hungary. The following criteria may help you to decide whether you should submit your visa application with the Hungarian Visa Application Centre.

Hungary is the sole destination of your visit(s);
Your visit to Schengen States includes more than one destination and Hungary is the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay;
If you cannot determine which is your main destination, but Hungary is the first Schengen State you wish to enter.

How to apply?

You can lodge a visa application three months before the start of the intended visit. Holders of multiple-entry visa may lodge the application before the expiry of their visa. Visa application handling procedure takes up to 15 calendar days after the application is registered with the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India. Neither the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India nor the Hungarian Visa Application Centres can be held responsible for any delays in travel due to the time of processing a visa application. Therefore, you are strongly advised to apply well in advanced.

The Hungarian Visa Application Center shall not accept visa application less than 4 working days(including day of submission at VFS Global) before the prospective date of travel.”

You are also advised to observe that applications lodged by nationals of Bangladesh are subject to prior consultation or information with other Schengen States which takes 7 calendar days except for airport transit. You can find the complete list of countries whose nationals are subject to such consultation You are also advised to observe that applications lodged by nationals of Bangladesh are subject to prior consultation or information with other Schengen States which takes 7 calendar days except for airport transit. You can find the complete list of countries whose nationals are subject to such consultation here.

Please make note that Schengen visa rules allow you to stay in Schengen States altogether 90 days in any 180-day period. You may wish to calculate the period of allowed stay under this rule with a calculator designed to this end by going online to Click Here.

Visa application can be submitted at Hungarian Visa Application Centres by third persons presenting authorization duly signed by the applicant and certified by public notary.

It is important for you to know that mere possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry to Schengen States including Hungary and that you may be requested to present proof that you actually fulfill the entry conditions at the entry border checking point. List of documents which may be requested are the same as you submitted as supporting documents for the visa application procedure.

Kindly be advised that visa application will not be accepted at the Hungarian Visa Application Centres for processing, if:

1) Visa application is lodged three months before the start of the intended visit;
2) Passport expires less than three months after the intended date of departure from Hungary;
3) Passport contains less than two blank pages;
4) Passport has been issued more than 10 years;
5) Handwritten or not machine readable Indian passports issued after 01 April 2010
6) Passports that contain manual entry (observation) changing any data of the biographical data page.
7) Photographs are not as per specification;
8) Application form is not duly filled and signed by the applicant, or in case of a minor his/her parents exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship. Any change on the application form shall be signed by the visa applicant next to the change.

What are the documents i need to enclose to the application?

It is important for us that you feel comfortable and well informed before you start your visa application. Therefore, we wish to help you in preparing for lodging an application with the Hungarian Visa Application Centres. You find a checklist of supporting documents you are expected to enclose when lodging your application at different visa type sections. However, please be advised that individual circumstances can vary to a large extend, so the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India may request further documents for supporting your visit.

Please make note that all documents referred to under different visa type sections and marked with (*) have to be enclosed in original either in English or Hungarian language. Please read carefully which documents you need to present in Hungarian language!

Kindly be advised that travel dates must be identical on the application form, letter of invitation, airplane booking and prearranged accommodation.

Please be mindful of the fact that if you fail to comply with these general provisions the Consular Section of the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India may refuse your visa application without verifying its merit.

Please be advised that during the examination of an application, the Consular Section of the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India may send call for action note in e-mail to you calling you for interview, requesting missing documents to be submitted or inadequate documents to be corrected. Therefore, it is mandatory to mention the e-mail address on the visa application form. You are advised to check your e-mail during the time of the visa procedure. Applications without the e-mail address will not be accepted at the VFS Global Counter.

Kindly make note that originals have to be accompanied with a copy. Only those originals will be returned after the decision on the application is made which were accompanied by a copy. If you need to translate any of the supporting documents into English language please note that Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India cannot provide translation for visa application documents. Sponsors of applicants are strongly advised not to send supporting documents by fax or e-mail to the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India. These documents should be submitted by the applicant when submitting visa application. Therefore, such unwarranted fax or e-mail messages are disregarded.

Please be advised that during the examination of an application, the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India may call you for an interview and request additional documents.

The Consular Section of the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India will write an e-mail to the applicants informing about the call for interview, missing documents to be submitted or inadequate documents to be corrected.. Therefore, it is mandatory to mention the e-mail address on the Visa Application Form. The applications without the e-mail IDs will not be accepted at the VFS Global Counter.

The information about the additional requirement will also be checked on our website under Track Your Application and you can also call at our helpline number regarding the same.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

When you apply for a short stay visa you also need to prove that you have travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in case of urgent medical attention or emergency hospital treatment during your stay including repatriation. If you apply for multiple entry visa you have to have insurance covering the period of the first visit. In addition, you shall sign the statement, set out in the visa application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays. If you transit through the international transit area of the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Hungary (airport transit visa) only you do not need insurance.

Please note that the insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of Schengen States not only Hungary even if your destination is Hungary. Insurance has to cover the entire period of your intended stay. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30 000. Kindly be advised that travel medical insurance policy terms and conditions cannot limit the coverage of medical expenses or emergency care based on your age resulting in a coverage below this minimum coverage. Please make note that failure to provide adequate travel medical insurance will result in refusal of your visa application.

Holders of diplomatic passport and family members of a European Union or Hungarian citizens are exempt from the requirement of holding travel medical insurance.

You shall, in principle, take out insurance in India. Where this is not possible, you shall seek to obtain insurance in any other country. Please find the list of those Indian insurance companies which are approved by Consular Posts of the Schengen States to provide travel medical insurance for the visa procedure. You are advised to note that other travel medical insurances issued by Indian insurance companies are not accepted for Schengen visa procedure.

How long does the visa issuing procedure take?

Visa application is assessed by the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India for up to 15 calendar days starting with the day the application is registered with the Embassy / Consulate. This period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 or exceptionally 60 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed.

You will be notified on the decision by the Hungarian Visa Application Centres. Please be advised that during the time of the assessment neither the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India nor the Hungarian Visa Application Centres will answer any form of enquiry regarding state or outcome of the procedure.

What if my application is turn down?

“If your application is turned down, the decision of the Consular Section of the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India will be given in standardized written form in which you will get information as to why your application was rejected. If you received a decision with which you are not satisfied you can submit a written appeal no later than 8 calendar days from the day you received the decision. The appeal procedure has a fee of Rs. 2341 (EUR 30). The appeal must be presented in person at the Visa Section of the Embassy of Hungary in New Delhi at Tenejing Nargay Marg (adjacent to Niti Marg) Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021.
Applicants under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Hungary in Mumbai can present their appeal in person at the visa section of the Consulate General of Hungary, Mumbai at TCG Financial Centre , C-53, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai 400098

Appeals can be submitted in visa or residence permit application time without appointment on Mondays from 11:00 to 12:00 and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 09:00 to 11:00. Please note that there is no exception to these rules.

The appeal is assessed and decided by the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in 15 calendar days after the submission. You may be requested to provide further supporting documents to the appeal procedure. Please be advised that during the time of the assessment Consular Section of the Embassy of Hungary in New Delhi / Consulate General of Hungary, Mumbai   will not answer any form of enquiry regarding state or outcome of the appeal procedure. Please note that the time of the appeal procedure cannot be reduced.

If your application is turned down in appeal procedure for a second time you are entitled to seek judicial review of this decision. Petition for judicial review shall be submitted no later than 3 calendar days from the day you received the decision in the appeal procedure. The petition shall be submitted at the Embassy of Hungary in New Delhi/ Consulate General of Hungary ,Mumbai  in person or sent to the latter by registered courier. The petition is judged by the Metropolitan Administrative and Labor Court in Hungary in 8 calendar days after the petition is registered with the court. The court has the competence to assess the legality of the visa procedure. Therefore, the petition shall be based on evidence that during the visa procedure or the appeal procedure the respective authorities braked or failed to observe the law or their decision was unfounded. The fees of procedure shall not be surrendered at the time of submitting the petition. The court’s decision will also dispose on the fees.

In case your visa application, appeal or judicial review was rejected you are entitled to submit a visa application anew.”
VISA APPLYING
PROCESS


Step 1

Applications for short stay visa are accepted at the Hungarian Visa Application Center.


Step 2
Before applying, please ensure you are clear on your purpose of visit. Do remember we are here to assist and help you the entire visa application process but we are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy / Consulate of Hungary in India. You may refer to the link All about visas to understand details of various visa categories.

Step 3
Complete you visa application form and affix your photograph (not older than 6 months). You can download the Visa Application Form from our website. Minors shall submit an application form signed by both parents exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship. Present a declaration of permission by both parents exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship in the case the minor is traveling alone or the parent exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship in the case the minor is traveling with the other parent only. The declaration has to be original and certified by public notary.

Step 4
Original passport which validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen States. Please check out before applying whether your passport contains at least two blank pages and it has been issued within the previous 10 years.

Step 5
Please ensure that you furnish the required document, you may download document checklist from our website.