FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.1 What is a Visa?
Ans A Visa is an authorization issued by the representative of the Government of a country permitting a person, not resident in that country, to enter its boundaries.
 
 
Q.2 How do I know if I need a visa?
Ans Depending on your purpose of travel, you should log on to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary to check whether you are eligible or require a visa. Visit
 
 
Q.3 Can I apply at the Hungary Visa Application Centre if I want to go to Spain or Paris? I can arrange for bookings accordingly?
Ans If you plan to apply for your Schengen visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, your main destination and the maximum period of stay in the Schengen States must be in a Hungarian city only. Please provide proof to support this information.
 
 
Q.4 Is the visa valid for Hungary only?
Ans The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary issues visas for Hungary and for the other Schengen states. The Schengen visa issued by the Embassy gives access to 25 Schengen countries in total. However, the Schengen Visa applications will only be accepted by The Hungary Visa Application Centre if Hungary is the country of maximum stay. Should the duration of the stay be the same in several Schengen States, Hungary must be the first point of entry if making an application at the Hungary Visa Application Centre.
 
 
Q.5 Who is VFS GCC LLC
Ans VFS GCC LLC is the preferred outsourced partner to the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in UAE. The Hungary Visa Application Centre of VFS functions as a collection and processing centre to guarantee a better service in response to the growing demand for Hungary Visas from applicants residing in UAE.
 
 
Q.6 How can I contact the Hungary Visa Application Centre?
Ans You can contact the Hungary Visa Application Centre via the Helpline, by email or in person. Please see our contact information section for details.
 
 
Q.7 How early can I apply?
Ans Applicants are free to apply up to 90 days prior to their date of travel. The Embassy recommends that you apply at least 3 weeks prior to your date of travel to accommodate any unforeseen processing delays.
 
 
Q.8 Can the Hungary Visa Application Centre prepare my application for me?
Ans The Hungary Visa Application Centre does not prepare visa applications, but accepts and processes applications in accordance with the Embassy’s instructions.
 
 
Q.9 I don't live in the UAE ; can I apply for my Schengen visa from the Hungary Visa Application Centres in UAE?
Ans The Hungary Visa Application Centre in Dubai & Abu Dhabi is available only for residents living in the UAE
 
 
Q.10 How do I submit my application at the Application Centre?
Ans Applicants can walk in to the Visa Application Centre to submit your application
 
 
Q.11 Do I have to come personally or can I send the application to the Hungary Visa Application Centre?
Ans You must come personally to submit your visa application. For collection of passport, you can send an immediate member of your family if you are unable to make it in person. A letter of authorization by you and proof of relationship will be required to allow your relative to collect on your behalf.

Applications by Post are not allowed. You must visit the Hungary Visa Application Center in person to submit your application.
 
 
Q.12 What is the application procedure at the Hungary Visa Application Centre?
Ans Applicants can walk in to the Visa Application Centre to submit your application. Applicants will be asked to take a token at the entrance and be seated in the waiting area. (You can approach our Submission Counters when your token number is displayed). Our officers at the counter will collect your visa application form to check for completion and your photograph to see if it meets the required specifications. Your passport will be checked for validity, empty pages and previous travel information. Your fees will be collected in accordance with the visa category you have chosen and the documents you submit will be readied in the manner in which they are required by the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary. You will be issued a receipt for the fees paid and given an acknowledgement for the submission of your passport.
 
 
Q.13 Which visa [category] should I apply for?
Ans The Hungary Visa Application Centre is an acceptance centre and, as such, is not authorized to advise/recommend any visa type to a prospective applicant. The Applicant will have to find out the visa category he/she is eligible for based on the purpose of travel. He/she can do so by visiting the websites of the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary Dubai  which is http://www.mfa.gov.hu/kum/en/bal/consular_services/Entry_of_Foreigners_to_Hungary
http://www.vfsglobal.com/hungary/uae
 
 
Q.14 What are the documents required for a Hungary Visa?
Ans After deciding the eligible visa category, applicants can log on to All about your visas or on to the Hungary Visa Application Centre's website http://www.vfsglobal.com/hungary/uae to check the recommended documents for the Visa category they have chosen. Photocopies are recommended as documents will not be returned. Submit originals only where specified.
 
 
Q.15 What if I do not have all the documents?
Ans If your application is not accompanied by the documents that are recommended by the Embassy, you will be asked if you wish to proceed with the application as it is, i.e. without all the recommended documents. Should you consent to this, your application will be registered in our system and accepted for visa application submission. Incomplete applications will lead to processing delays.
 
 
Q.16 What proof will I have that The Hungary Visa Application Centre has my visa application?
Ans When your application is registered in our system, you will be issued a receipt for the fees you have paid. You will be given a receipt as an acknowledgement of the acceptance of your passport
 
 
Q.17 Will the application centre give me acknowledgement of the documents that I have submitted?
Ans The Hungary Visa Application Centre will not issue any documents other the receipts for fees collected and the stamped passport copy to an applicant.
 
 
Q.18 What are the applicable fees?
Ans Every Visa application needs to be accompanied by a visa fee for the amount applicable to your chosen visa category. This can be paid by Cash. Besides this, there is a service charge of AED 128 applicable per application. You also have the option of requesting for the return of your documents by Special Delivery for an additional fee AED 30 per application.
 
 
Q.19 Can I make a collective payment for the visa fees and logistic fees?
Ans Yes, the Hungary Visa Application Centre will accept collective fees made in person at the centre at the time of submission. Visa fee payment should be paid in EUROs only.
 
 
Q.20 What is procedure to get my passport back?
Ans You will need to bring your receipt with you when the passport is ready between 1500 - 1700 hrs,Sunday to Thursday except declared holidays.
 
 
Q.21 What if I cannot return to collect my passport in person?
Ans In your absence, along with your receipt, an authority letter from you in the name of your relative will be required. We can send your passport to you by a courier Delivery at an additional nominal cost. However, this request needs to be made at the time of submitting your application and cannot be requested at a later date.
 
 
Q.22 What should I provide as proof of relationship or my spouse's nationality?
Ans Photocopies of your Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate are the only documents that will be accepted as proof of relationship. Photocopies of your spouse's national passport can be accepted as proof of nationality.
 
 
Q.23 Can the Hungary Visa Application Centre post my passport back?
Ans The Hungary Visa Application Centre can post your application as long as the address is provided at the time your application is being registered. Applications will be returned Courier mode only. You must make your preferred delivery mode known at the time of submission, as once your receipt is issued; we cannot change the mode of return of your application.
 
 
Q.24 What are Information Letters?
Ans If the Embassy is unable to return the application to you because they would like to see additional documents, see you for a personal interview or require additional time to correspond with Home Office This update is normally sent in a letter individually addressed to the applicant, and remains at the Hungary Visa Application Centre until collected by the applicant or an authorized representative.
 
 
Q.25 Will I get my visa at the end of the process?
Ans As an application centre, the Hungary Visa Application Centre will not be able to guarantee you a visa. The issuance or refusal of a visa is the sole prerogative of The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary. The Hungary Visa Application Centre cannot influence this decision in any way.
 
 
Q.26 If I have to travel elsewhere and my passport is still with the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, is it possible for me to have only my passport back for travel? What if I decide to withdraw my application?
Ans If your passport is with the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary and you have interim travelplans, please prepare a covering letter which has your contact and passport information. Mention the reason why you would like your passport in the interim in this covering letter and bring this to the Hungary Visa Application Centre. Along with this letter, a form needs to be completed and submitted at the Application Centre. Once your travel is complete, please return your passport to permit you application processing.

Should you wish to withdraw your application completely, please follow the same process but mention that you would like to withdraw your application completely. We would like to inform you that your fees and logistics fees will not be refunded at any stage.
 
 
Q.27 Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?
Ans All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.
 
 
Q.28 When can I reapply; is there a timeframe after the refusal that I must wait before reapply?
Ans You are free to re-apply at anytime if your application has been refused earlier. There is no time gap to be observed after a Refusal to make a fresh application. However, it is recommended that you note the reasons for the earlier Refusal before submitting a new application and make amendments where applicable.
 
 
Q.29 Can my application be processed on the same day that I submit it at the Hungary Visa Application Centre?
Ans Applications cannot be processed on the same day unless authorized by the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary. Requests for Emergency visa processing cannot be accommodated except in extreme medical circumstance and the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary decision on this is the final authority.
 
 
Q.30 What if I am not happy with the response I receive from the person on the helpline?
Ans You can ask for the duty Manager at any time during your enquiry if you unhappy with the response you have received from the helpline.
 
 
Q.31 Do I need Travel Insurance?
Ans You are required to provide Travel Insurance on all occasions, with an exception of Airport Transit Visa.
 
 
VISA APPLYING
PROCESS


Step 1
Tourists, Business, Family/ Friend visits, medical Treatment and Transit applications are accepted at the VFS application centre

Step 2
Please go to the link “All about your Visas” to choose the right visa category for you and the requirements to make the visa application.

Step 3
You must apply in person - On arriving the visa application centre, you will require to take a token at the entrance and be seated in the waiting area – you will next be called to our submission counter where your application and supporting documents will be scrutinized – your photograph and passport will be checked for validity – Finally, you will be issued a receipt for the fees and service charge paid as an acknowledgement. Please carry the originals and copies of all documents.