As Hungary is part of the EU, citizens of Hungary visa-free countries can currently stay in Europe and the Schengen Area for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa or travel authorization. However, once the ETIAS visa waiver for Hungary becomes mandatory from May 2023, these same citizens will be required to register for an ETIAS before they can travel to any of the Schengen countries.
An approved ETIAS Europe visa waiver for Hungary is a multiple-entry electronic travel authorization (not a visa). Holders of a Hungary visa waiver are able to enter any of the 26 Schengen zone countries for multiple short stays for business, tourism, medical treatment, or transit purposes.
Those who apply for a Europe visa waiver ETIAS are granted a maximum stay of 90 days with each entry to Hungary and the Schengen Area, within every 180-day period. An approved ETIAS Hungary is valid for a total of 3 years from the date of issue.
Those eligible for ETIAS who wish to spend more than 90 consecutive days in Hungary, or travel for purposes such as to work, live, or study, are required to apply for a Hungary Schengen visa from the nearest Hungarian diplomatic mission.
To apply for a Schengen visa for Hungary, it is first necessary to download, print, and complete an application form. Applicants are then required to make a Hungary Schengen visa appointment at a Hungarian consulate.
The applicant must bring the completed Hungary visa application form to the appointment, alongside a passport valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of entry to the Schengen zone. It is also necessary to supply a range of supporting documentation depending on the purpose of the intended stay in Hungary.
An approved Schengen visa for Hungary can be granted as either a multiple, double, or single entry visa. The period of stay allowed with each entry depends on the issuing embassy and the purpose of the trip.