Hungary Travel Information
Hungary has implemented a number of measures in
connection with the coronavirus (covid-19). For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health.
Hungary is a safe country to travel to and to stay
in. The danger of terror is no greater than in Norway.
Common caution should be exercised, and necessary
precautions should be taken against pickpockets and
other forms of everyday crime that may occur in large
cities and foreign countries.
Passports must always be carried in order to identify
themselves when traveling to and during stays in
Hungary. For Norwegians, the passport is the only
internationally valid travel document.
It is recommended that all travelers take out their
own travel and health insurance. Always remember to
bring the blue European health insurance card.
As a tourist, you can be exposed to pocket thefts,
especially where there is congestion such as public
communications and night spots. It is important to be
aware of where to store valuables such as money,
passports, cell phones, etc. The hotel's safe should be
used. Crime is generally roughly on a par with other
European countries. Nevertheless, general vigilance and
caution in presenting a lot of cash is recommended.
Caution should be exercised, especially in Budapest,
also in the central tourist areas during both daytime
Budapest has many good restaurants and bars.
Recently, however, tourists have been reported to have
received very high and unreasonable bills at some
nightclubs and bars in Budapest. If one cannot/will not
pay, the guards of the resort force the tourist/tourists
to the nearest ATM and thus ensure that the required
amounts are taken out. The method is usually the same. A
person contacts a tourist, who is then invited to have a
drink with him or her at a specific night out. The bill
can come up in thousands of dollars. Therefore, always
make sure to ask for the menu before ordering.
Based on reported complaints from US citizens, the US
Embassy in Budapest has published a list of night spots
where such incidents have occurred. See the US Embassy's
website for more information.
- Countryaah: Budapest is the capital
of Hungary. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The public transport network in Budapest is very well
developed and the prices are low. At the same time,
taxis are easy to obtain. The taxis hold a fairly
reasonable price level when ordered over the phone, but
when called on the street they are considerably more
expensive and carry a risk of fraud. To avoid fraud,
taxis with yellow signs, taxi signs and a clear chain
logo should be used. Note that all taxis are required to
use a taximeter. Be wary of some taxi drivers ("pirate
taxis") who are sometimes paid by various nightclubs to
bring tourists to these places. These are also taxis
that often charge unreasonable prices for their
services. To be sure to avoid taxi fraud, one should
avoid calling a taxi on the street, and rather book over
the phone from a taxi company.
Travelers should be aware that pirate taxi drivers
operate at the airports. If you wish to travel by taxi
after arrival, you should contact the taxi booth outside
the airport, as Budapest Airport has a well-functioning
shuttle taxi service.
The road network is well-developed, with a motorway
connection between most major cities. When driving on
Hungarian motorways, a toll must be paid, and so-called
"vignette" must be purchased at the gas station. Other
road quality may vary. Hungarian traffic culture is
considerably more aggressive than what Norwegians are
used to. There are many more accidents in Hungary than
in Norway, so Norwegians should be careful.
Police conduct frequent speed and document checks
both in and outside the cities. Officials are always in
uniform with well-marked police cars. The Norwegian
driver's license is valid in Hungary. Driving with a
drink is not allowed - the drink limit is set at 0.00
The areas along the major rivers (Danube, Tisza) can
be hit by floods and floods, especially during heavy
rainfall or when snow is melting.
For more information see the pages of the National
Directorate General for Disaster Management.
General emergency number: 112, police 107.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Although Hungary is a member of Schengen, passports
must always be brought along. The passport must be valid
for the duration of the journey. The Norwegian passport
is the only valid travel document for Norwegian
Upon entry into or transit in Hungary, the following
valid documents are also accepted: emergency passport,
refugee travel document (green travel document), travel
document for persons on humanitarian grounds (blue
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Follow local authorities' advice, guidance
and instructions on how to deal with the situation.
The borders are closed to travelers from abroad,
except for Hungarian and EEA citizens with registered
residence in Hungary. Other exceptions can be given by
the police. Crossings on the motorways are permitted for
citizens of neighboring countries. All travelers to
Hungary are required to register the home quarantine for
two weeks, unless one has a covid-19 infection and is
symptom-free, or one has a certificate that they have
been under epidemiological surveillance for at least 14
days before crossing the border.
It is only possible to leave the residence to go to
work and other necessary errands.
All events in Hungary, regardless of the number of
participants, are prohibited. Exceptions may be given
for sports events held for closed doors, ie indoors and
without the public. All theaters, cinemas, clubs,
cultural institutions, museums, etc. are closed. From
now on, all universities, schools and kindergartens are
Cafes and restaurants can provide food and take-out
is allowed. Weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies
are allowed. Pharmacies, grocery stores and gas stations
can stay open as usual. People can also go to the
hairdresser, bank and post office. It has been
introduced that people over the age of 65 can only shop
in these stores between 9-12, and that those under 65
can only go there before noon. 9 and after 12. It has
also been introduced that one must keep a distance of
1.5 meters to others, this also applies to public
A call center has been set up to call for updated
information and advice on how to deal with the virus.
This includes how to act if you think you have been
infected or become ill. This includes to call 24 hours a
day + 36-80-277-455 or + 36-80-277-456 (in English or
Hungarian) and ask for guidance. Email:
English information on handling covid-19 in Hungary
can be found on the pages of the Hungarian Government's
Office for International Communication, the Hungarian
Public Health Center and the Hungarian Tourist Office
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Always bring with you the blue European health
insurance card that is valid in all EEA countries. It is
strongly recommended that all travelers to Hungary also
take out their own travel and sickness insurance before
leaving, for example. home transport is not covered by
the European Health Insurance Card, which provides only
the right to emergency treatment at public hospitals and
Hospitals and emergency rooms do not meet the same
quality standards as in the Nordic countries, although
the standard for doctors is high. The relatives are
usually expected to bring food and clean sheets etc. to
However, there are medical and dental centers
designed for foreigners. Private clinics are often
significantly more expensive than public services.
Two private Budapest medical centers offer 24-hour
English telephone service to anyone in need of emergency
medical care or counseling.
First Med Centers
Tel: + 36-1-224 9090
Hatty¨˛ utca 14, 5th floor
1015 Budapest, Hungary R¨®zsakert Medical-Center Tel: +
36-1- 392 0505 R¨®zsakert Shopping Center 3rd floor G¨˘bor
Áron u. 74-78/a 1026 Budapest, Hungary
The mains in Hungary are 220/230 volts, 50 Hz,
two-hole sockets (as in Norway). The area code for calls
from Norway to Hungary is +36.
The currency unit in Hungary is Hungarian Forint
(HUF). Most credit cards can be used in major cities at
most tourist destinations. There are a number of ATMs
for cash withdrawals.
Normal opening hours for shops are Monday-Friday 1000
-1800 and Saturday 1000 -1300. Supermarkets have longer
opening hours. Stores are closed on Sundays, with the
exception of smaller grocery stores. Banks are open 0900
- 1600 on weekdays. Public offices are open 0900 - 1600
(on Fridays until 1300). The post office is open
weekdays 0800-1800, larger offices also on weekends.
National holidays and holidays are: January 1, March
15 (National Day, Freedom Camp 1848/1849), Easter 2nd
Day, May 1 (Workers' Day), 2nd Pentecost, August 20
(National Day), October 23 (National Day, Freedom Fight
1956), November 1 (All Saints' Day), 25-26. December
Emergency telephones: Ambulance 104, fire 105, police
107, International emergency call center: 112.
Hungarian Tourist Office/Tourinform Contact Center:
+36 1 438 8080 (24-hour service with English- and
In crisis and emergency, the embassy can be
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Ostrom u. 13, H-1015 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: + 36-1-325 33 00 (Hungary)
Phone: +47 23 95 27 00 (Norway)
Outside the embassy's opening hours audience contact the
UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or
by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
It is statutory in Hungary that one should always be
able to identify, and therefore passports should always
be brought. For Norwegians, the passport is the only
internationally valid travel document.
Punishment for possession and use of drugs is mainly
in Hungary as in Norway. There is zero tolerance for
driving a car.
Smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas in
Budapest. The smoking ban applies in subways, bus stops,
subways and all other means of transport operated by BKK.
The ban also applies in the immediate vicinity of
playgrounds. The fine for smoking in the aforementioned
areas is HUF 50,000.
The official language is Hungarian. It should be
noted that English is not as widely used as in Norway.
German is somewhat more prevalent than in Norway.