Together with Czech Republic and Lithuania, Hungary joined the EU in 2004 and became the member of the Schengen area in 2007.
In 2016, a large inflow of people (during the Syrian migrants crisis) into the European Union crossing Hungarian borders exposed the differences in responses and approaches by Schengen member states. The EU has started taking initiative, posing questions on the role of single Schengen area members regarding security and foreign policy.
The EU Commission has started planning different, centralized systems able to provide a better and streamline screening of the individuals entering the European Union.
Entry-Exit system and ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) are the two legislative tools that will change the way to travel in Europe in the next years. Although their aim is similar, ETIAS will be focused mostly on short-term journeys.
Starting from 2021 all travelers above 18 years old will be able to apply online for the permission to travel to Hungary. The online application cost is €7 and once the authorisation is approved it will last for five years. The authorisation will also allow travelers from visa-exempted countries to travel in other Countries part of the Schengen Area without requiring any other travel documents. Although the online authorisation is valid for five years, the maximum duration of stay in the EU is 90 days in a consecutive period of 180 days. If the traveler plans to have a longer stay in the Schengen area, a visa is required.
Hungarian climate is influenced by continental climate with dry summers and cold winters. The coldest month is January with subzero degree temperature and snowfalls. July is the warmest month with average temperature at 22°C. Thunderstorms usually happen in the summer. The best weather months are from May to September. Spring is considered to be the rainy season.
Dress to the weather: Lightweight with rain gears are advised for summer months. During winter, wear medium-heavy jackets with waterproof layers. In the mountain area, always bring a sweater along.
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
- Hungarian 99.6%;
- English 16%;
- German 11.2%;
- Russian 1.6%;
- Romanian 1.3%;
- French 1.2%;
- Other 4.2%
Calling Code: +36
- C European 2-pin
- F Schuko plug