Applying for a Hungarian Passport

From 28 June 2009, the Hungarian passport authority issues second generation (biometric) e-passports for all applicants aged 12 or over. Passports issued after that date will have to contain the applicant’s fingerprints electronically. Previously issued passports, including first generation biometric (red cover) and non-biometric (blue cover) remain valid until their date of expiry.

Due to technical reasons related to this change and until further notice, Hungarian nationals above 12 years are not able to apply for a biometric passport at Hungarian embassies. For applicants aged 12 or over the embassies are only able to take applications for a temporary passport.

Practical advice

1. We recommend that you submit your application for a regular passport in Hungary at the Central Document Office in Budapest (’Központi Okmányiroda’, 1133 Budapest, Visegrádi utca 110-112). You will need to make an appointment to be able to submit your application (tel: +36 1 412 6475, e-mail: kozponti.okmanyiroda@mail.ahiv.hu).

The passport is issued within 5 working days if you choose the urgent procedure (for twice the regular fee). You may also request that the new passport be sent to the Consular Section of the Embassy of London. In this case please let us know by phoning or e-mailing us with your contact details.

The regular fees are as follows:

Applicants aged 18 to 70 years: 7,500.00 Ft (5-year validity) or 14,000.00 Ft (10-year validity)

Applicants aged 0-18 or 70 years and above: 2,500.00 Ft

2. If you hold a valid Hungarian ID card, you may use that as travel document within the European Union.

3. If your passport (and ID card) has expired, you may apply for a temporary passport. Please note that a temporary passport allows you to enter Hungary only once and a regular passport or ID card will be needed for leaving Hungary.

Please refer to our note on how to apply for a temporary passport.

APPLYING FOR A BIOMETRIC PASSPORT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS

Children are not entered in parents’ passports but must apply for their own. Under 6 years of age, the passport will be valid for 3 years between 6 and 12 years, it will be valid for 5 years. Passports are issued in Hungary, and the usual processing time is 6 weeks. There is no urgent procedure for applications through the Embassy.

If the child was born abroad and the birth has not yet been registered in Hungary, the Hungarian registration procedure must be initiated at the same time as the passport application (see Registration of a birth in Hungary). In the case of a newborn child, there is no need for a nationality procedure, it is sufficient to provide the passport application form and three colour photographs together with the documents required for the registration of the birth. If the passport application is linked to the registration of the child’s birth, the processing time is 2-3 months.

Documents you will need to submit with your application:

  • Passport application form, completed and signed:

The application form cannot be downloaded from our website. If you wish to lodge the application by post, please send us a short note requesting an application form, enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you lodge the application in person, the form will be available at the Consular Section when you come to see us.

Please complete and sign the application form, entering the child’s name exactly as it is registered in Hungary and according to Hungarian usage. If the child can write, they will have to sign themselves; if not, one parent has to sign in their own name. The signature must comply with Hungarian regulations (1. family name, 2. given name). The signature must stay within the space provided and not touch the margins.

The application form has to be signed by both parents on the back (‘Szülői nyilatkozat’) in front of a member of our consular staff, or – in case of postal application – a notary public or one of our honorary consuls.

· If parental custody is exercised by one parent only, please present the supporting document.

· 3 coloured passport photographs (British standard): Please bring the photographs with you, and write the child’s name, date of birth and mother’s maiden name on the reverse.

· The previous passport (expired or about to expire) – if the child already had one.

· The child’s Hungarian birth certificate

· Passport fee (postage not included):

- Applications made in person: £42.00, payable by cash or until the 25th day of the month by debit card.

- Applications by post: £64.00 or £42.00, payable in Postal Order) - see below.

  • If you wish the passport to be sent to you by post, please provide a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.

FURTHER INFORMATION FOR POSTAL APPLICATIONS

If personal attendance causes disproportionate difficulty, the passport application may be lodges by post. In this case the personal identity and signature of the applicant and the parents will have to be verified by a notary public or one of our honorary consuls. We cannot waive the legal verification.

Notary public: The signature and seal of the notary public must be officially endorsed by the Hungarian Embassy, which entails a fee of £22.00. (The consular endorsement fee cannot be waived either.) Please attach the verification by the notary public on a separate sheet (see Annex). The verification of the signature is not acceptable without the official seal of the notary public. Please note that we are unable to accept verifications by solicitors, doctors, bank officials, police, etc.

Documents to be included in your postal application:

· Notary public’s declaration as to identity and signature of applicant and/or parents, on a separate paper

· Passport fee: £64, in a Postal Order payable to the “Embassy of Hungary”. We cannot accept personal cheques.

· Self-addressed, stamped return envelope (Special Delivery).

Honorary consul: For postal applications we can also accept the verification by one of our honorary consuls (Mr Thomas Drysdale – Dirleton (Edinburgh), Dr Andrew Zsigmons - Liverpool, Mr Gordon Oliver - Torquay.) Contact details can be found on the Embassy’s website under the listing ‘Colleagues’. Verification of identity and signature by honorary consuls for passport applications bears no additional charge.

Documents to be included in your postal application:

· Passport fee: £42, in a Postal Order payable to the “Embassy of Hungary”. We cannot accept personal cheques.

· Self-addressed, stamped return envelope (Special Delivery).

We ask all applicants to provide us with their daytime telephone number and e-mail address in case we need to contact them regarding their applications.

We have tried to include here the most important rules and all the necessary information. Should you have any further questions please contact us by letter, email (consulate.lon@mfa.gov.hu) or telephone (preferably between 14.00 and 17.00 hrs on 0207 235 5218).

OFFICE HOURS: 9.30 to 12.00 Monday to Friday.

Closed on British and Hungarian public holidays.