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June 5, 2024
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Visa-free travel to 170+ destinations with a Hungarian passport

One of the significant advantages of holding a Hungarian passport is the ability to travel to numerous countries without the need for a visa.

As of June 2024, Hungary citizens have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 171 countries and territories. This global mobility places the Hungarian passport at 33rd place in the world in the Immigrant Invest Freedom of Travel ranking.

This article provides a comprehensive list of visa-free countries and the duration of stay allowed for Hungarian passport holders.

Zlata Erlach
Zlata Erlach

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Hungary passport visa-free countries list 2024

Visa-free travel to 170+ destinations with a Hungarian passport

Types of simplified entry conditions for Hungary citizens

We can divide all simplified entry conditions for Hungary passport holders into three types: visa-free countries, visa-on-arrival countries, and electronic travel authorisation countries.

Visa-free countries — 113. Hungarian passport holders can visit a large number of countries without obtaining a visa. This privilege enables spontaneous travel while reducing the paperwork and time associated with visa applications.

Visa-free travel typically allows stays of a few days to several months, depending on the destination. In the Schengen Area, Hungary citizens have freedom of movement and are granted a 90-day stay every 180 days.

Visa-on-arrival countries — 30. In some countries, Hungarian citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. This means that travellers do not need to apply for a visa before leaving Hungary but can obtain one once they reach their destination.

The visa-on-arrival process usually involves filling out a form and paying a fee at the airport or border entry point. This option is especially convenient for last-minute trips or destinations without embassies in Hungary.

Electronic travel authorisation, or eTA countries — 28. Electronic travel authorisation (eTA) is another simplified entry process available to Hungarian nationals. This digital authorisation is often required instead of a traditional visa and can be applied for online.

The application process is typically simple, requiring only basic personal information and travel details. Once approved, an eTA is electronically linked to the traveller’s passport, allowing for a more efficient entry process upon arrival.

Hungary passport visa-free countries list

Country

Duration of stay

Albania

90 days

Andorra

90 days

Angola

30 days

Antigua & Barbuda

180 days

Argentina

90 days

Armenia

180 days

Austria

90 days

Bahamas

90 days

Barbados

90 days

Belarus

30 days

Belgium

90 days

Belize

30 days

Bolivia

90 days

Bosnia & Herzegovina

90 days

Botswana

90 days

Brazil

90 days

Brunei

90 days

Bulgaria

90 days

Cape Verde

30 days

Chile

90 days

Colombia

90 days

Costa Rica

90 days

Croatia

90 days

Cyprus

90 days

Czechia

90 days

Denmark

90 days

Dominica

180 days

Dominican Republic

30 days

Ecuador

90 days

El Salvador

90 days

Estonia

90 days

Eswatini

30 days

Fiji

120 days

Finland

90 days

France

90 days

Gabon

30 days

Gambia

90 days

Georgia

360 days

Germany

90 days

Greece

90 days

Grenada

90 days

Guatemala

90 days

Haiti

90 days

Honduras

90 days

Iceland

90 days

Ireland

90 days

Israel

90 days

Italy

90 days

Jamaica

30 days

Japan

90 days

Kazakhstan

30 days

Kiribati

120 days

Kyrgyzstan

60 days

Latvia

90 days

Liechtenstein

90 days

Lithuania

90 days

Luxembourg

90 days

Malaysia

90 days

Malta

90 days

Marshall Islands

90 days

Mauritius

90 days

Mexico

180 days

Micronesia

90 days

Moldova

90 days

Monaco

90 days

Mongolia

30 days

Montenegro

90 days

Morocco

90 days

Netherlands

90 days

Nicaragua

90 days

North Macedonia

90 days

Norway

90 days

Palau

90 days

Panama

90 days

Paraguay

90 days

Peru

180 days

Philippines

30 days

Poland

90 days

Portugal

90 days

Romania

90 days

Samoa

90 days

San Marino

90 days

Senegal

90 days

Serbia

90 days

Seychelles

90 days

Singapore

90 days

Slovakia

90 days

Slovenia

90 days

Solomon Islands

90 days

South Africa

30 days

Spain

90 days

St Kitts & Nevis

90 days

St Lucia

90 days

St Vincent & Grenadines

90 days

Sweden

90 days

Switzerland

90 days

São Tomé & Príncipe

15 days

Tajikistan

30 days

Thailand

30 days

Timor-Leste

90 days

Tonga

90 days

Trinidad & Tobago

90 days

Tunisia

90 days

Turkey

90 days

Tuvalu

90 days

Ukraine

90 days

United Arab Emirates

90 days

United Kingdom

180 days

Uruguay

90 days

Uzbekistan

30 days

Vanuatu

90 days

Venezuela

90 days

Zambia

90 days

Visa-on-arrival destinations for Hungary citizens

Travellers obtain visas at the destination airport or other point of entry. In some cases, the applicants are required to present a reservation at a hotel and sufficient funds for the time of travel.

Typically, the visa-on-arrival booth is located before passport control. Depending on the line, it takes up to one hour to get the visa.

Visa-on-arrival is applicable only for short trips with purposes like tourism or visiting a friend and can’t be used for professional activities.

Visa-on-arrival countries with Hungary citizenship

Country

Duration of stay

Bahrain

14 days

Bangladesh

30 days

Burkina Faso

30 days

Burundi

30 days

Cambodia

30 days

Comoros

45 days

Egypt

30 days

Guinea-Bissau

90 days

Indonesia

30 days

Iraq

60 days

Jordan

30 days

Kuwait

90 days

Laos

30 days

Lebanon

30 days

Madagascar

60 days

Malawi

90 days

Maldives

30 days

Mauritania

30 days

Mozambique

30 days

Namibia

90 days

Nepal

90 days

Oman

30 days

Qatar

90 days

Rwanda

30 days

Saudi Arabia

90 days

Sierra Leone

30 days

Somalia

30 days

Tanzania

90 days

Togo

7 days

Zimbabwe

30 days

Destinations Hungary citizens can go to with an e-visa

An eTA, or electronic travel authorisation, is usually obtained through a special web portal by a country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or another authority.

This type of entry permission typically requires the traveller to provide their basic information, such as name, contact info, and identification documents. Depending on the country, it can take from 5 minutes to a week to obtain an e-visa.

Countries that issue eTA to Hungary nationals

Country

Duration of stay

Australia

90 days

Azerbaijan

30 days

Benin

30 days

Bhutan

90 days

Cameroon

90 days

Canada

180 days

Congo — Kinshasa

7 days

Côte d’Ivoire

90 days

Djibouti

90 days

Equatorial Guinea

90 days

Ethiopia

90 days

Guinea

90 days

India

30 days

Iran

30 days

Kenya

90 days

Lesotho

90 days

Myanmar (Burma)

28 days

New Zealand

90 days

Nigeria

90 days

Pakistan

30 days

Papua New Guinea

60 days

Russia

16 days

South Korea

90 days

South Sudan

90 days

Sri Lanka

30 days

Uganda

90 days

United States

90 days

Vietnam

90 days

In 2023, Hungarian residents made approximately 21 million international trips, including both overnight and same-day visits.

Hungarian travellers can choose from a great number of popular tourist destinations thanks to the country’s strategic location in Central Europe and the strength of its passport. Here are some popular destinations that Hungarian citizens often visit:

  • Austria;

  • Slovakia;

  • Germany;

  • Italy;

  • Spain;

  • Romania;

  • Croatia;

  • Serbia;

  • Slovenia.

In 2023, Hungarians spent the most in Austria — about 691 million euros, followed by Germany with 473 million euros.

USA entry. Hungarian citizens can enter the USA using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), an electronic visa waiver program. The application process for ESTA is done online. To apply, Hungarian citizens need to register on the official ESTA website.

The application requires personal and travel information, and the process is typically straightforward, with approvals often granted within minutes, although it’s advisable to apply at least 72 hours before departure.

UK entry. Hungarian citizens do not need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom, despite Brexit. The allowed period of stay for Hungarian citizens is up to 180 days per visit.

Travellers should ensure they have a valid passport for the duration of their stay and be prepared to show proof of return or onward travel and sufficient funds for their stay. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it’s recommended to check the UK government’s official travel advice.

How to obtain a Hungarian passport

If you have Hungarian parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents, you may be eligible for citizenship by descent. You need to provide proof of your Hungarian ancestry and apply through the Hungarian authorities.

You can acquire a Hungarian passport even if you are not of Hungarian descent. Here are other pathways to obtain it:

  • marriage to a Hungarian citizen and naturalisation after 3 years of residency;

  • Hungary Golden Visa program and later naturalisation;

  • naturalisation after continuously living in Hungary for 11 years.

Hungary’s Golden Visa program involves obtaining residence by investment. An applicant makes a significant contribution to Hungary’s economy in exchange for a residence permit. The minimum required investment amount is €250,000. This process typically takes 4 to 6 months.

Once the investor has lived in Hungary for three consecutive years and maintained their investment, they can apply for permanent residency. This status allows them to stay in Hungary indefinitely and enjoy many of the same rights as Hungarian citizens.

After holding permanent residence status for eight years and living in Hungary for a total of eleven years, the investor can apply for citizenship through naturalisation. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the Hungarian language and pass a basic knowledge test about Hungarian history, culture, and constitution.

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Individual cost calculation of a Hungary Golden Visa

Hungary Golden Visa: requirements and obtainment terms

The Hungary Golden Visa program provides a viable pathway to citizenship for foreign investors. This program is designed to attract international investment and foster economic growth in Hungary by offering residency rights in return for a significant contribution to the country’s economy.

Under this residence program, investors can:

  • invest in local real estate funds for €250,000+;

  • purchase residential property for €500,000+;

  • donate €1,000,000+ to an institution of higher learning.

The application process for the residence permit takes approximately 4—6 months. The investment condition should be fulfilled within 93 calendar days after the first entrance to Hungary with the Guest Investor Visa.

Hungary residency by investment is valid for 10 years. It can be extended once for the same period.

Immediate family members, including spouses and dependent children, can be included in the application, providing them with the same residency rights.

Upon receiving a residence permit, investors and their families gain the freedom to travel across the Schengen countries without the need for additional visas.

Key points about visa-free travel with Hungary citizenship

  1. Hungarian passport holders can travel to 171 countries and territories without needing a visa. The list includes all Schengen states, as well as the USA and UAE.

  2. There are three types of simplified entry conditions for Hungary citizens: visa-free countries, visa-on-arrival countries, and electronic travel authorisation (eTA) countries.

  3. Hungary’s Golden Visa program allows foreign investors to obtain residency by investment and later get citizenship by naturalisation.

  4. Investors can obtain a residence permit by investing a minimum amount of €250,000.

  5. After three years of residence and maintaining the investment, investors can apply for permanent residence. After eight years of permanent residence and a total of eleven years in Hungary, investors can apply for citizenship through naturalisation.

  6. The residence permit under the Golden Visa program is valid for 10 years and can be extended once for the same period, allowing visa-free travel across the Schengen Area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many countries are visa-free for Hungary?

    Hungary citizenship offers access to 171 countries and territories without a visa. Hungarian passport holders can travel to 113 countries visa-free. Additionally, they have visa-on-arrival access to 30 countries and can obtain electronic travel authorization (eTA) for 28 countries.

    For the most up-to-date and detailed information, always refer to Hungary’s National Directorate-General for Alien Policing.

  • Is Hungary a strong passport?

    Yes, the Hungarian passport is considered strong, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 171 countries and territories. This places Hungary high on the global passport ranking index, providing extensive travel freedom for its citizens.

  • Is Hungary visa-free to the USA?

    Hungarian citizens do not need a visa for short-term travel to the USA. Instead, they must apply for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which is an online application system that allows for short-term travel without a visa.

  • Do Hungarians need a visa for Canada?

    Hungarian citizens do not need a visa for short-term travel to Canada. Instead, they must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before their trip.

  • Is Hungary visa-free for the UK?

    Yes, Hungarian citizens do not need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom. They can stay in the UK for up to 180 days per visit without a visa.

  • Does Hungary allow dual citizenship?

    Yes, Hungary allows dual citizenship. This means that Hungarian citizens can hold Hungarian citizenship alongside citizenship of another country without any legal issues.

  • What are the benefits of the Hungary Golden Visa program?

    The Hungary Golden Visa program offers residency to foreign investors who make a significant economic contribution. Benefits include the ability to live, work, and study in Hungary, family inclusion in the application, and visa-free travel across the Schengen Area. After a certain period, investors can apply for permanent residence and, eventually, citizenship.