Please note that it is NOT necessary to apply for a Schengen visa for Hungary via an agency.
A quick outline of applying for a visa with the Embassy of Hungary:
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
- Fill out the application form and bring it to your appointment along with your supporting documents.
- Come in person to the Embassy for your appointment. You will be asked to pay the visa fee, submit your documents and give your fingerprints and photo.
The only fee you are required to pay for a Schengen visa is the handling fee, paid directly by card at the Embassy on the day of your appointment.
Important information when applying for a SHORT TERM STAY visa (not exceeding the 90 days period)
In case of further information (e.g. "visa free entry", "where to submit a visa application", "do I need a visa", "visa fee", "appeal procedure", etc.) please visit the following website: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/how-to-apply-for-visa.
If you want to spend more than 90 days within half a year in Hungary, you have to apply for a RESIDENCE PERMIT. The application process and the documents to be submitted being completely different from the visa application process, we would advise you to send an e-mail to us explaining your situation to email@example.com and check the following link: “Entry for long stay” http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/how-to-apply-for-visa
How to apply:
Applicants must book an appointment to submit their application. Please call between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm from Monday to Thursday, or send us your query to firstname.lastname@example.org
Visa hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. (Closed on Hungarian and Irish public holidays)
Embassy of Hungary
2 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
Phone: (+353) 1-661 3091
Fax: (+353) 1-661-2880
As a general rule you are required to lodge your application in person. Please note that from 20th November 2015, electronic fingerprints are taken when applying for a short-stay visa. This is due to the introduction of the Schengen-wide Visa Information System (VIS) in Ireland. Further information about VIS can be found here: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-information-system-vis
Please be advised that the visa fee (35,- to 60,-€.) has to be paid by card. Applicants being too late will not be able to submit their application and must make a new appointment.
Waiting time for an appointment at the Embassy varies between 5 and 14 days. According to law decision upon the visa application takes at least 15 days. In individual cases (e.g. further documents are required, there are special circumstances etc.) the period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, in specific cases up to 60 calendar days. Application shall be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit.
Accordingly please do apply for a Schengen visa at least 15 days prior to your journey, but please note due to the above written the procedure may take longer (30 maximum 60 calendar days) . We cannot accept „urgent” applications. You must plan your trip accordingly and apply for a visa in due time.
The Visa Application Form is available in Hungarian as well as in English for free of charge on the following website: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-application-forms - Please download and print it, then fill it legibly. We cannot accept other types of application forms.
Getting your passport back by post: If you would like us to send your documents back to you by post, do not forget to bring a self-addressed, stamped Special Delivery envelope/Registered Post with you.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF UKRAINIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS: From 11.06.2017. holders of new biometric passports issued by Ukraine can enter the Schengen area visa-free. At the bottom of the cover front side of these biometric passports there is a special symbol which indicates that an electronic chip is present. Holders of non-biometric passports issued before 01.01.2015 that do not contain an electronic chip still need a visa to travel to the Schengen area!
Important remarks!!! The Embassy can ask for additional documents as applications are dealt with on a case by case basis and this information leaflet cannot cover all eventualities. A final decision on the visa cannot be made unless all required documentation is provided.
Please note that changes to your travel itinerary and / or accommodation after submission of your application are not possible. In such an event a new application (incl. fee) has to be made. Please note that the acceptance/processing of your application do not guarantee that your visa will be approved and issued.
There is no legal right to a visa. Holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration controls and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries. It is advisable to bring copies of the submitted documentation in your hand-luggage as immigration authorities at the border might request to examine information regarding your stay in the Schengen territory.
All documents to be presented in connection with the visa application shall be original. Please bring one copy of each original document with you. Any request for waiving this requirement shall be rejected without further consideration. The original documents will be sent/given back. They may be asked for when crossing the Hungarian border. The Embassy reserves the right to examine the authenticity of the communicated data and the submitted documents. The communication of false data in itself will lead to the refusal of the visa application.
False statements or attempts to provide the Embassy with fraudulent documents result in the rejection of the visa application, i.e. the visa will not be issued. You may also be liable to prosecution under the law of the Schengen States.
Please do not buy your ticket or make any financial commitments until you are certain that the visa will be issued. The Embassy is not liable for any expenses incurred by the applicants. Upon collection of your visa you have to provide non-transferable, confirmed, paid tickets, confirmation of full payment or credit card guarantee.
If you are planning to visit more Schengen States, then the documents submitted must also contain information on your stay in the other Schengen States (e.g. if you plan to visit Hungary and the Czech Republic, you must not only submit proof of hotel reservation in Hungary, but also in the Czech Republic, the same applies to ticket reservations and so on...)
The following documents must ALWAYS be submitted as ORIGINALS AND AS PHOTOCOPIES
Please note that if you are not providing all mentioned documents at your appointment, your application will not be accepted and you would have to book a new appointment. Please be informed that the Commission Implementing Decision of 2014-07-31 on the harmonized list of supporting documents to be submitted by visa applicants in Ireland has been also taken into account. Please see the table at the bottom.
1. Irish re-entry visa valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area;
2. Irish Certificate of Registration (GNIB card) valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area.
3. Passport issued within 10 years before the submission of the visa application. Only Passports that have been issued (not extended!!!) during the past ten years can be endorsed with a visa;
4. Passport has to contain at least two blank visa pages,
5. The passport should be valid for at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa (e.g.: if you are to make a single entry to the Schengen Area, and are due to return to Ireland on the 1st of January, your passport and residence permit have to be valid at least until the 1st of April.);
6. Wholly and legibly completed and signed visa application form;
7. One passport-size colour photo (not older than 6 months; please indicate your name on the back of the photo, passport-size (35-40 mm wide), sharp, good quality, entire face, one coloured, bright background, shawl is not allowed except for religious purposes, photo made in the face of the camera. Wearing glasses is allowed, if the eyes still visible easily and the light does not reflect back from the lentil. Wearing shawl is not allowed except for religious purposes and if the face remains visible. The photo has to meet the above mentioned requirements. If the photo does not correspond to the prescribed requirements the applicant shall hand another photo with the required conditions);
8. Evidence of occupation (a recent letter from your employer confirming your leave signed & stamped properly by the employer)
9. Evidence of student status (a recent letter from the school confirming your leave signed & stamped properly by the school)
10. Recent Irish bank statement (showing movements over the last three months, not older than two weeks) in the applicant’s name and address, providing details and a balance showing that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to Ireland or his country of origin, or for the transit to a third country into which the applicant is certain to be admitted, or that the applicant is in a position to acquire such means lawfully, in accordance with Article 5(1)(c) and (3) of the Schengen Borders Code; or
- If the applicant is financially supported by her/his spouse (for example if the applicant does not work herself/himself), please also provide a marriage certificate and the spouse's bank statements.
- If the applicant is financially supported by sponsor, please provide letter of sponsorship certified by notary public in the Member State where it was issued.
11. Return Ticket: upon application: itinerary/reservation print out (flight/ferry/rail/bus) upon collection: confirmed and non-transferable return ticket (e.g. flight, bus, ferry or train tickets to all your destinations).
12. Proof of accommodation in Hungary and if necessary in the other Schengen States; upon application: itinerary/reservation print out of you booking; upon collection: confirmed and non-transferable reservation.
13. Proof of medical insurance cover (exceptions may apply): the Embassy only accepts an individual or group travel insurance covering the costs for emergency treatment by a doctor or in a hospital and repatriation to your country of residence. The insurance must be valid in all Schengen states for the duration of your stay plus 15 days and must have a minimum cover of 30,000 Euro (including repatriation) per person. upon collection: the insurance certificate and policy as proof.
An insurance document which does not contain the details above cannot be accepted. A statement from the insurance company proving the aforementioned requirements shall be attached to the application. A description of the policy of the travel insurance the applicant purchased is sufficient, if it proves the aforementioned requirements.
Please note that the European Health Insurance Card issued by the Irish authorities does not cover the costs for repatriation and is therefore not accepted without additional travel insurance cover.
14. Proof of current address in Ireland (bills, rent book, lease agreement etc.).
15. Notice for Minors: For application of Minors (under 18), at least one parent must be present when the visa application is made. In all cases of minor applicants the following documents are required:
a. Birth certificate (also stating the names of the parents)
b. Recent, official and signed letter from school/preschool;
c. minors travelling alone or with only one parent:
- original passports of both parents (unless one parent has the sole custody or residence order for the child);
- written consent with signatures verified by public notary (or Garda) of legal guardians for the intended journey d. Parent's passport
e. Irish residence documents, if Non-Irish nationals
f. a declaration by the parent on the coverage of the costs and on the existence of the financial coverage
16. Notice for family members of EEA/EU citizens
16.1. Holder of a 'Residence Card (GNIB „4EUFam”) of a Family Member of an EEA National (other than Irish national) accompanied by the EEA national or joining the EEA national who is travelling to or residing in Hungary: no visa required.
Please note that the residence permit must be attached to a valid passport or travel document and that you are requested by the immigration authorities to provide documentary proof of the relationship (e.g. original birth, marriage or civil partnership certificate) and of the use of the right of free movement of the EEA national (e.g. a registration certificate).
Furthermore, this only applies when travelling directly to Hungary. When travelling to Hungary through another country, please check with the appropriate Embassy.
16.2. Family members of EEA citizens not holding the above mentioned residence card of a family member of an EEA national, need a visa to travel to Hungary, thus they should apply for a visa. In case they are travelling together with their EEA national family member or travel in order to join the EEA national family member in Hungary they are entitled to the visa free of charge, if they can prove it by presenting joint flight tickets or a notarized letter from the EEA national family member and a single return flight ticket.
- a wholly and legibly completed and signed visa application form,
- a passport-size colour photo (not older than 6 months),
- the applicant’s passport and residence permit/long term visa for Ireland, the latter of which should be valid for at least three months longer than the expiry date of the visa,
- the EEA national family member's original passport (and photocopy of these);
- their original marriage certificate registered in Hungary or in the EEA national’s country, and
- joint flight tickets and the presence of the EEA family member or the EEA national’s notarized letter and a single return flight ticket for the applicant in case the applicant join to the EEA family member.
16.3. Family members not accompanied by the EEA national or not travelling to Hungary to join the EEA national: visa required, regular Schengen visa procedures apply.
17. Notice for Airport Transit: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/how-to-apply-for-visa
What to bring as Proof of current occupation in Ireland and sufficient means
The following documents must be ACCORDINGLY submitted as ORIGINALS AND AS PHOTOCOPIES when travelling as / on
Visit Friend / Relative
Study/ Professional training/Conference
Proof of accommodation:
Confirmed hotel/hostel/B&B reservation(s) covering the whole duration of your stay in Hungary and, if applicable, in other Schengen countries. The names of all applicants must be shown on the reservation.
If booked a tour: Booking confirmation of a European tour or any other appropriate document.
Upon collection: Confirmation of full payment or credit card guarantee.
If you are going on a school trip:
letter from the school con- firming the trip.
If you are visiting relatives or friends and CANNOT support your-self financially: A letter of invitation issued and endorsed by the Office of Immigration and Nationality in Hungary (in original)
If you are visiting relatives or friends and CAN support yourself financially: Original invitation from Hungary including your host’s address, contact details, personal details and your details and travel dates, signature verified by public authority/notary (in original)
In both cases: copy of data page of passport or residence permit of host in the Member State, poof of family relationship, if applicable.
Official letter of invitation from your business partner with original signature and stamp. This letter must state and confirm the details given in the letter from your employer in Ireland and indicate cover of your travel expenses, if applicable.
Your counterpart and/ or the organiser of your trip in Hungary must be named and contact details given.
Other documents which show the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes;
Formal letter from employer (or other formal documents) proving the applicant's employment status at the company, the kind and duration of the business trips to Schengen country and the commitment of covering all the costs of journey;
Entry tickets or registration for fairs and congresses;
Documents proving the business activities of the company
Visas for onward journey/destination, if applicable;
Valid ticket certifying the purpose of the visit (if you plan to have a transit by car, you should turn to the consulate of the country where you enter the Schengen zone!)
Certificate of enrolment at an educational establishment (school, university, college, etc.) for the purposes of at-tending vocational or theoretical courses within the frame-work of basic and further training;
Student card or certificate of the courses to be attended;
Documents in relation to accommodation, or proof of sufficient means to cover the accommodation;
Recent, official and signed letter from university, college or school stating the above mentioned.
Invitation letter issued by the host organization, confirmation on participation issued by the host organization, and/or a certification issued by the delegating organization;
Receipt on payment of the registration fee.
The certificate of the receiving health institution, including reference to the fact that the expected coverage of the medical treatment is available, and other certification of the coverage of the medical treatment, as well as the certification of the address of the expected place of accommodation in Hungary.