IMPORTANT NOTICE - New regulations

As of 19 July 2013 for travelling to Europe non-EU citizens need a valid passport fulfilling the following criteria:

· its validity shall last until at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States

· it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.

List of travel documents which entitle the holder to cross the external borders of the Schengen Area and which may be endorsed with a visa can be found on the following website at the (Info banner on the right, under 4 different links):

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/index_en.htm


VISAS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

For general information on Schengen Visa Policy please visit the following website:

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/index_en.htm

For general information on travelling to Hungary please visit the following websites:

http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/utazas-magyarorszagra

http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/en

II. RESIDENCE PERMIT

Foreigners intending to stay more than 3 months in Hungary may apply for resident permit at the Consulate. Information on residence permit procedure and on EU Blue Card application can be found on the following website: www.bmbah.hu or in English http://www.bmbah.hu/jomla/index.php?lang=en

Application form for residence permit can be downloaded from the website of the Office of Immigration and Nationality: www.bmbah.hu

Information on residence permit for the purpose of investment (regarding national economic interest) can be found on the following link:

http://www.bmbah.hu/jomla/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=470&Itemid=1237&lang=en#

Appointment: Appointment for residence permit application may be asked on the following e-mail address: consulate.lon@mfa.gov.hu

III. SCHENGEN VISA

1. General information

Hungary is a member of the Schengen Area, therefore if you have a valid Schengen visa (i.e. you have not surpassed the validity date, the number of days and the number of entries permitted) then you can use it to travel to Hungary as well.

We would strongly recommend you to apply for a visa as early as possible but not more than 3 months before your actual journey into Hungary and the Schengen Area.

In accordance with Article 9 of the Community Code on Visas (810/2009 Regulation of the Council and the Parliament) the application should be lodged at least 15 days before the intended travel. If an applicant fails this time due to the point II.3.3.1 of the C(2010) 1620 decision of the European Committee published on 19th March 2010 this is his/her responsibility as the applicant has to apply at least 15 days before the intended stay and the applicant is responsible to calculate with the longer visa procedure if an appointment is requested.

Please note that in certain cases the visa procedure could take up to 60 days (in accordance with Article 23 of the Visa Code).

2. Where to apply for a Schengen visa to Hungary

A fast track visa service is provided at the Hungary Visa Application Centre by VFS Global Services Ltd. (please see point 3.). VFS assists applicants with the procedure and forwards the application to the Embassy for an additional fee. Applications may also be submitted directly at the Embassy (please see point 4.).

Please note that if you are not resident in the U.K. you should normally apply at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

If you want to visit one Schengen country you should apply for a visa at the Consulate of that country. If you wish to visit several Schengen countries you should apply at the Consulate of the country where you intend to stay for the longest period of time. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but no main destination can be determined you should apply at the Consulate of the Schengen country whose external border you will cross in order to enter the territory of the Schengen Area.

Applications should be lodged at least 15 days before the intended journey. Please note that neither the Consulate nor the Visa Centre takes any responsible for applications submitted less than 15 days before this date and the Consulate reserves the right to send back such applications without making any decisions on them.

3. How to apply at the Visa Application Centre

Applicants are advised to book an appointment to submit an application.

Appointments can be booked online at http://hu.vfsglobal.co.uk.

For more information please call 0871 376 2101 from Monday to Friday between 08.30 and 17.30, or

E-mail: info.huuk@vfshelpline.com

HUNGARY VISA APPLICATION CENTRE

179 Harrow Road,

Battleship Building

London W2 6NB

This is a fast track service as the Centre can receive a high number of applicants and VFS offers support to applicants during the procedure. The service costs £24 in addition to the visa fee.

For more information, please visit the website http://hu.vfsglobal.co.uk

4. How to apply at the Embassy

Applicants need to book an appointment to submit their application. It should be made in writing to the following address: Embassy of Hungary, Visa Section, 35B Eaton Place, London SW1X 8BY. Please enclose a copy of your passport and that of your UK residence permit, the intended dates of your journey and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for confirmation of your appointment.

Waiting time for the appointment at the Embassy is two weeks from the date of receipt of the applicant’s letter, as a general rule. Please note that waiting time may be even longer due to high number of applications, therefore we advise you to apply through VFS Visa Centre.

In accordance with article 23 of 810/2009/EC regulation (Visa Code) applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application. However, this period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed, Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

In case of an emergency (such as a relative’s death or critical illness) the Embassy can provide earlier appointment. In such cases proof of urgency should be submitted. For emergency appointments please contact the Consular Section by e-mail (consulate.lon@mfa.gov.hu) (a scanned copy of the supporting letter is needed).

As the Consulate has limited capacity we do not provide urgent appointments for tourism, business, family visit or study trip. We do not give appointment either if the Visa Centre reached its daily limit and can not give you appointment in time.

Family members of EU/EEA and Hungarian nationals may submit their applications without prior appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00 am and 11.30 am if they fulfil the requirements of 38/2004/EC Directive on free movement. It means that family members may apply at the Consulate without prior appointment only if they travel together with their EU/EEA or Hungarian family members or they intend to join them in Hungary. In every other cases the family members of EU/EEA or Hungarian nationals should apply at the Visa Centre or they have to book an appointment.

Holders of diplomatic passports may submit their applications without prior appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00 am and 11.30 am.

5. Visa fees

Visa fee is £51.

Visas are issued free of charge for the following applicants:

- children under the age of 6 travelling with their own passports,

- family members of EU/EEA citizens either travelling together with their EU/EEA national family members or travelling in order to meet their EU/EEA national family members

- researchers having a valid contract with a research institution in Hungary,

- pupils, students and their teachers travelling for study reasons,

- representatives of non-profit organizations under the age of 25 participating and attending seminars, conferences, sport, cultural or educational events organised and held by NGOs,

- Belarus citizens between the age of 6 and 12 years,

- Turkish citizens between the age of 6 and 12 years,

- Belarus national participants aged 25 years or less in seminars, conferences, sport, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.

A reduced fee of £30 applies to the following applicants:

- nationals of countries having a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Georgia, Armenia, Cape Verde and Moldova.

- children between the age of 6 and 12 years

Visa fee has to be paid in cash when the application is submitted. Please note that in case of refusal the fee will NOT be reimbursed.

6. Supporting documents to be presented by visa applicants

General requirements when applying for a short stay visa (C):

- passport containing at least two blank pages, issued within 10 years before the submission of the visa application and its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area,

- a United Kingdom residence permit/long term visa valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area,

- a wholly and legibly completed and signed visa application form ,

- a passport-size colour photo (not older than 6 months),

- travel medical insurance valid throughout the territory of the Schengen area and covering the entire period of the applicant’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be €30,000 (such travel medical insurances are available at all post offices),

- documents indicating the purpose of the journey,

- documents in relation to accomodation or proof of sufficient means to cover the costs of accomodation,

- proof of sufficient means of subsistence (eg. recent bank account statements, payslips etc),

- confirmed outward and onward ticket reservation.

The applicant shall present the original and a photocopy of each document with the visa application!

7. Specific requirements

The specific requirements depend on the main purpose of travel, the length of intended stay and the personal circumstances of the applicant. Fore more information please visit the following websites:

List of supporting documents in the United Kingdom:

http://www.mfa.gov.hu/NR/rdonlyres/FDB6B31F-EE31-4E6F-A92C-C8CF307C9AEF/0/Supportingdocuments.pdf

http://hu.vfsglobal.co.uk

www.bmbah.hu

Please bear in mind that the consul may ask for additional documents anytime during the visa procedure and applicants may be called for a personal interview, as well.

8. Documents required from family members of EU/EEA citizens

a) Holder of a 'Residence Card of a Family Member of an EU/EEA National'



Third country national family members of EU/EEA nationals accompanied by the EU/EEA national or joining the EU/EEA national are waived from visa obligation in case they possess a ‘residence card of a family member of an EU/EEA national’. Please note that you may be requested by the immigration authorities to provide documentary proof of family relationship (e.g. original certificate of birth, marriage or civil partnership).

b) Family members of EU/EEA citizens not holding the above mentioned residence card need visa to travel to Hungary. In case they are travelling together with their EU/EEA national family member or travel in order to join the EU/EEA national family member in Hungary they can apply for the visa free of charge directly at the Consulate (see point 4.)

Required documents:

- a wholly and legibly completed and signed visa application form,

- a passport-size colour photo (not older than 6 months),

- the applicant’s passport containing at least two blank pages, issued within 10 years before the submission of the visa application and its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area,

- a United Kingdom residence permit/long term visa valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area,

- the EU/EEA citizen’s passport and the copy thereof,

- proof of family relationship (certificate of birth, marriage or civil partnership and proof of common address in the UK if the marriage is not registered in the UK or in other EU states);

- Hungarian marriage certificate if the EU/EEA national is a Hungarian citizen;

-
joint flight/bus/ferry tickets or the EU/EEA national’s invitation letter.

Please be informed that the list is non-exhaustive and the Consulate may require additional supporting documents in case of need.

c) Family members not accompanied by the EU/EEA national or not travelling to Hungary to join the EU/EEA national: visa required, regular Schengen visa procedures apply.

9. Visa refusal

If the visa is refused, annuled or revoked, applicants have the right to appeal. Appeals can be submitted in person either by the applicant or by the person who has a power of attorney from the applicant at the competent Hungarian Consulate (that refused the visa application) 8 days within the date of receiving the decision on refusal and 3 days within the date of receiving the decision on the annulment or revocation of a visa.

The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decides on the appeals within 15 days (in case of annulment or revocation of a visa within 5 days).

The appeal should be lodged in writing and it should be signed by the applicant. The appeal must be submitted in Hungarian or in any other official languages of the European Union. If the applicant lodges the appeal in another language he/she must submit an official translation thereof.

The fee of the appeal procedure is 25 GBP which should be paid in cash when submitting the appeal. The fee for the appeal procedure cannot be reimbursed, not even in case of a positive decision. Reduction of the fee is not possible and must be paid by all applicants (even if the visa procedure was free of charge).

Further supporting documents may be submitted during the appeal procedure and the applicant can be called to the consulate for a personal interview.

The decision on the appeal may be subject to judicial review.

In case of refusal a new application may be submitted at any time and the visa fee has to be paid again.

10., Getting your passport back by post

If you would like to receive your documents by post please submit a self-addressed and stamped Special Delivery envelope.

11., Information on visa waiver agreements

Please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/en