Changes in visa issues after Hungary's accession to the Schengen Area

Since December of 2007 Hungary has been part of the Schengen Area which actually consists of 24 countries, including 22 of the member states of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) plus Norway and Iceland.

Therefore the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary accepts applications for, and issues visas valid for the Schengen Area.

See more about the visa application process here >

Visa Free Entry to Hungary

Citizens of the EU and EEA member states and of the following countries may travel to Hungary without a visa:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (the exemption applies only to holders of a "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region"), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Macao (the exemption applies only to holders of a "Regio Administrativa Especial de Macau" passport), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.

Following Hungary's accession to full membership of Schengen:

  • Visas and residence permits issued by any of the Schengen Member States are valid also for Hungary, while
  • Visas issued by Hungarian representations abroad and residence permits issued by Hungarian national authorities re also valid for the entire Schengen Area.

Visa Information

  • Visa fees are to be paid in Canadian dollars only. However, since fees were determined in Euro, prices may vary according to the fluctuation of exchange rates. For current rates please call the Consular Section in Ottawa.
  • Where a ban on entry applies or there are doubts concerning the application, the consular Section will refuse the visa application.
  • Notification on the reason for refusal is given by the consulate only to the applicant (i.e. not the representatives). There can be no appeal against a negative decision, however a complaint concerning the procedure can be lodged.
  • If the application for a visa is refused, the fee will not be reimbursed.
  • At the time of crossing the border, the border guard (immigration officer) has the right to check whether the foreigner still meets the criteria of entry and stay in Hungary. In case the border guard determines that those criteria are not met, he shall have the right to refuse entry of the foreigner.

For more information please visit the website of the Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa.