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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Hungary Travel Requirements

Travellers Essentials

To enter Hungary you must have a valid passport as evidence of your citizenship and identity. Under international treaty or regulation, certificates entitling the holder to cross the Hungarian border also qualify as passport, e.g. the identity card in the case of nationals of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland.

In Hungary, taxis have yellow licence plates and must have a metre able to give receipts.
Taxi companies:
Budataxi: 233-3333, City Taxi: 211-1111, Fotaxi: 222-2222, Radiotaxi: 377-7777, Tele5 Taxi: 355-5555, 6x6 Taxi: 266-6666.
Charges (general guide only): Basic charge: HUF 50, Rate per km when booked by phone: HUF 80-100, flagged down in the street: HUF 99-130 Waiting charge per min HUF 16-20.

Postal Services
The post offices are generally open 08.00-18.00. Two offices near two railway stations are open 08.00-21.00: Nyugati Station (VI., Terez krt. 51.) and Keleti Station (VIII., Baross ter 11/c.).
Postal charges
Letters: standard-size postcards to neighbouring countries HUF 24, to other European countries HUF 65, to the rest of the world HUF 80. You need a HUF 30 stamp on standard-size letters up to 20 grams, and HUF 100 on other sizes. The charge for letters and postcards sent by air mail is HUF 14 per 10 grams. Stamps are available at the post offices and tobacconists. Telegram, telefax: MATAV Rt. Service Point: Budapest V., Petofi S. u. 17/19. (Mon to Fri 08.00-20.00, Sat 08.00-15.00)

Emergency & Directory Inquiries
Ambulance: 104 (see also Medical care)
Police: 107
Fire brigade: 105

The official currency is the forint (1 forint = 100 filler). Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 forints. Bank notes: 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 forints. Currency may only be exchanged at official places, and the receipts must be kept until departure. Buying and selling currency outside the official places carries a great risk which tourists should be well aware of.
The National Bank of Hungary (Budapest V., Szabadsag ter 8.) is open Monday to Friday 10.30-14.00. The commercial banks are open Mondays to Thursdays 08.00-15.00, Fridays 08.00-13.00. All banks are closed on Saturdays. There are numerous bureaux de change in the Inner City (District V) and the Castle Area (District I) open throughout the weekend. Money can also be exchanged at hotel reception desks, and also at travel agencies on weekdays. Automatic exchange machines and ATMs operate after hours in Budapest.

Restaurant prices in Hungary generally do not include a service charge and it is therefore customary to give a tip, generally equivalent to 10-20% of the bill. Tips are also given at the hairdressers, the beautician, in taxis and to other service providers.

The international code for Hungary is 36, for Budapest 1. Long-distance calls within Hugary: 06. Domestic operator: 191, international operator: 190.
Sending a telegram in Hungary by phone: 192. Public telephones are operated by coins or by card. You can use 10, 20, 50, 100 forint coins in pay-phones. Phone-cards of 50 and 100 units are sold in post offices, newsagents and tobacconist.

Health Care
No vaccination is required to enter Hungary. Tourists may bring in medicines for personal use up to the value of 5000 HUF. Preparations containing addictive drugs may be brought in only with the special permission of the Ministry of Welfare of Hungary.

When to Go
Though it can be pretty wet in May and June, spring is just glorious in Hungary. The Hungarian summer is warm, sunny and unusually long, but the resorts are very crowded in late July and August. Like Paris and Rome, Budapest comes to a halt in August.

Autumn is beautiful, particularly in the hills around Budapest and in the Northern Uplands. November is one of the rainiest months of the year, however. Winter is cold, often bleak and museums and other tourist sights are often closed. Animal lovers will also want to skip this season: half the women are draped in furry dead things throughout the winter.

Baggage Allowances
Baggage allowance on most schedules flights is 20kgs (44lbs) although some airlines offer increased allowances of up to 30kgs. Generally, hand luggage is limited to one piece per person weighing under 5kgs (11lbs). Permission to take larger items on board, such as pushchairs and bicycles etc. should be obtained from your airline before travelling. Exceeding the allowance stated on your ticket will incur an extra charge (which must be paid when checking-in).

To enter Hungary as tourists, in the case of European countries, nationals of Albania and Turkey needs a visa. In the case of countries outside Europe, visas are not required by nationals of Argentina, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Republic of Korea, Republic of South Africa, Seychelles, Singapore, United States of America, and Uruguay.

Tourists from the former Soviet Union (with the exception of Uzbegistan and Kazahstan) need either a letter of invitation, tourist voucher or mission order otherwise they need a visa. In case of Kazahstan and Uzbegistan visa is required in all cases.


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