Applying for Schengen visa to Hungary
Visiting Hungary on a Schengen Visa
With its capital Budapest known for its stunning architecture, famed spa baths, and raucous ruin pubs, Hungary has become a top tourist destination in eastern Europe. As it’s within the Schengen Area, you can travel there on a short-stay Schengen Visa if your trip lasts fewer than 90 days.
Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Hungary?
If you are traveling to Hungary, you will need a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with the area, or if you have been refused visa-free travel. You will also need to apply for a work or study visa.
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Hungary?
You will need to pay a visa processing fee of €80 for adults and €40 for minors, and fill in a Schengen Visa application form. In addition to this, you will need two recently taken passport-style photos and your passport or other travel documents that are less than 10 years old and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay.
Although you need to prove you have a small number of funds when entering Hungary, the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate has not specified the exact amount applicants need to prove as their means of subsistence.
Requirements for a work, business or student visa
If applying for a work visa to Hungary, you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet the Hungarian Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You will also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a longer work visa or a short-stay Schengen Visa.
Student visas require proof of enrolment at a Hungarian institution, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter.
Steps to follow when applying for a Hungarian Schengen Visa
Check which visa type you require, and then fill in your visa application form. Gather all the supporting documents you need for your application. Book an appointment at an embassy, consulate or visa application center. Attend your appointment, along with all the documents you require. Wait for your application to be processed and track it online.
Where do I apply for a Hungarian Schengen Visa?
You will need to apply to the Hungarian embassy or consulate in your country of residence, or a visa application center acting on their behalf. Hungary partners with the firm VFS Global to process visas - so they may act on Hungary’s behalf in your country.
How long does it take to get a Hungarian Schengen Visa?
The processing time for a Hungarian Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation - but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
Those traveling to the Schengen Area, including Hungary, need travel cover, and AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €0.99 ($1.11) per day of the trip and will meet the visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000. Those who want a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
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Frequently asked questions about getting a Hungarian Schengen Visa
Do I have to hand the documentation personally at the embassy/consulate ?
Yes. When applying for a visa, you have to personally book an appointment at an embassy, consulate or visa application center, where you will need to present the required documents.
Can I extend my Schengen Visa during my stay in Hungary ?
Yes, you can extend your Hungarian short-stay visa, but only in exceptional cases or emergencies.
Can my Hungarian Schengen Visa be revoked ?
Yes, your visa could be revoked if you no longer meet the criteria your visa was issued under.