Hungary Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Hungary
How safe is Hungary?
Threat level: Low
The current travel safety advice for visiting Hungary is to remain cautious. The threat from terror is low in Hungary, but travellers should always be aware of the general threat worldwide. Petty crimes such as bag snatching and pick-pocketing are particularly common in tourist locations, mainly Budapest. Basic security precautions such as keeping valuables secure and avoiding cramped public transport, should insure a trouble-free visit to Hungary.
A common scam directed mostly at tourists occurs on the Hungarian motorways. Criminals have been known to flag people onto the side of the road by indicating they have something wrong with their car. Once the victim has pulled over, they have reportedly been mugged and assaulted by teams of criminals working together.
Taking precautions to prevent yourself becoming a victim, such as insuring your car is in a good working condition before you set out on your journey and always waiting till you arrive in a safe location, if someone tries to indicate there is a problem with your car.
The most common areas for theft are mostly where crowds of tourists gather, where it is easier for thieves to distract the unsuspecting victim. Public transport hubs such as train stations, trains, trams and metros are busy at any time of the day and present many easy targets for thieves and pickpockets operating in the area. Do not leave valuables and bags unattended at any time.
Hungary's International Relations
Hungary has strong diplomatic relationships with many countries in and out of Europe, including the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. They all have Embassies in Budapest and share interests with Hungary.
Travelling around Hungary
The road conditions in Hungary are relatively good for the most part. To drive legally, you will need an international driving licence or a national driving licence, many of which are accepted for driving in Hungary, you must always have your licence to hand when driving.
Hungarian public transport has a very strict ticket system. You should always purchase train tickets in advance to avoid expensive on-the-spot fines.
Emergency services in Hungary:
Police emergency: 112
Fire emergency: 112
Medical emergency: 112
Religion: Christianity (Roman Catholicism)
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Time now in Budapest:
Consular information for Hungary
U.S. Embassy Budapest
Szabadság tér 12
Telephone: + 36 1 475 4400
British Embassy Budapest
Harmincad utca 6
Telephone: + 36 1 266 2888
Visa requirements for Hungary
To enter Hungary, your passport will need to be valid for the proposed duration of your visit. Most EU nationals do not require a visa for Hungary if their stay is no longer than 90 days. You should check with your nearest embassy if you are unsure about visa requirements.
Healthcare and Immunisations
It is advised that visitors to Hungary are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers also get a Tetanus vaccination. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Wild dogs, which are infected with rabies, are present in Hungary and can be aggressive, which is why vaccines against rabies are advised. Stay away from wild dogs when possible.