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Exercise normal safety precautions in Hungary.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Hungary.
Full travel advice: Safety
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing. Heavy fighting is occurring in parts of eastern and southern Ukraine. Missile strikes and attacks are ongoing in some locations across the country, including in major cities. The security situation continues to be volatile. Do not travel from Hungary to Ukraine. There's a risk to life.
If you've arrived in Hungary from Ukraine and require assistance, contact the Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 in Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia.
Petty crime occurs in Hungary, especially on public transport and in tourist areas.
Theft from vehicles and highway robberies also occur. Be wary of tactics persuading drivers to pull over.
If you're travelling on overnight trains, keep your cabin locked. Never leave your bags unattended.
To protect yourself from crime:
Scams and fraud
Some clubs and restaurants overcharge. This is more common in the Pest business district of Budapest.
Always check the price of food and drinks before your order.
Be aware that:
Be wary of drivers or friendly strangers who invite you to clubs.
There may be an elevated risk of assault or sexual assault where people gather to party. Take care in bars, nightclubs and at festivals. Be aware of drink spiking with the intention of sexual assault. Never accept food and drinks from strangers, and never leave your drink unattended.
Stick with people you trust when you go out. Don’t walk in isolated areas at night.
Before you travel, read our advice on reducing the risk of sexual assault. There's also advice on what to do immediately after a sexual assault, reporting a sexual assault overseas and what counselling is available.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
While there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Hungary, they can still happen.
Terrorists have staged attacks in European cities in recent years. Targets include:
European security services have stopped planned attacks.
To protect yourself from terrorism:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it is safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people are usually peaceful but can turn violent. They can disrupt traffic and public transport.
Extremist groups have used national holidays to stage demonstrations. Be careful of protests around:
To stay safe:
Hungary experiences severe weather, including:
Flooding is common in the northeast region along the upper Tisza River and the Danube, particularly from March to May.
During snowstorms, parts of the country may be isolated for days.
If there's a natural disaster or severe weather:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Hungary. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription and a dated letter from your doctor stating the following:
Tick-borne encephalitis is a risk in forested and rural areas. They're active from spring to autumn.
To reduce your risk of tick-borne disease:
Cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have also occurred throughout Hungary. There's no vaccine to prevent it.
To protect yourself from disease:
Check your body for ticks during and after visiting forests. Remove any whole ticks as soon as possible. Watch any tick sites for signs of infection.
COVID−19 remains a risk in Hungary.
Medical treatment is adequate, but hospitals vary in quality. Many medical facilities are below the standard of Australia. They have limited nursing care. Friends and relatives are often required to give around-the-clock care.
You're expected to bring basic necessities, including hygiene items, cutlery and bottled water. Medical facilities can be limited in rural and border areas.
There's no private in-patient hospital facility in Budapest.
Some doctors speak English, but it's not widely spoken by other hospital staff.
Doctors and public hospitals may expect up-front cash payment for services. Medical care can be very expensive. Make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe. Possessing even small amounts of illegal drugs can lead to prison sentences. This includes marijuana.
Local authorities can ask to see your identification at any time. Carry your passport at all times. A photocopy won't be accepted.
Smoking is banned:
Large fines apply.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can't help you.
Hungary is part of the Schengen area with many other European countries. This means that, in some cases, you can enter Hungary without a visa.
Otherwise, you'll need to get a visa before you travel.
Entry into Hungary
Entry restrictions may change at short notice. Information and updates can be found on the Hungarian government website.
Land borders are open and operating normally. For more information regarding flights to and from Hungary, refer to the Budapest airport website.
Hungary has strengthened border controls, particularly with the following countries:
Carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area.
Keep up to date on border conditions. Check local news sources and ask transport providers.
Ensure you get a clear entry stamp in your passport when entering the Schengen Area for the first time.
Departure from Hungary
Refer to the relevant travel advisory of neighbouring countries for departure and entry information for that country. For more information regarding flights to and from Hungary, refer to the Budapest airport website.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Lost or stolen passport
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always carry it with you.
If your passport is lost or stolen, you must tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Get a local police report if your passport is stolen. Seek a 'letter of facilitation' from the Canadian Embassy in Budapest and take the letter to the Australian Embassy in Vienna, where you can arrange a replacement passport. See Local contacts
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can't guarantee that a passport showing an 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The currency of Hungary is the Forint (HUF).
Euros may be accepted in major cities, and payment by card is widely accepted.
Most banks have ATMs that accept major international cards.
Check all banknotes you receive are valid. Some outdated notes are still in circulation.
Declare funds of more than 10,000 euros or equivalent if you're travelling between Hungary and a non-EU country. This covers all forms of currency, not just cash. Failure to do so will result in fines.
All COVID-19 measures have been lifted, except for FFP2 face masks which are required in some settings. Observe signage and follow the directions of local authorities.
You can drive on your Australian driver's licence for 1 year if you also have either:
Get your IDP before your travel.
Highways are usually in good condition.
Driving in rural areas can be dangerous due to poor road maintenance and lighting.
Snow tyres are not mandatory in winter but check with your insurer.
You must always keep car headlights on when driving outside of towns.
If driving on motorways, you must purchase a Vignette to pay for tolls beforehand. You can buy these at petrol stations, post offices, and online. If buying an e-vignette, keep proof of purchase.
Frequent automatic vignette checks occur. You'll be fined if you don't have one.
Driving with a blood alcohol reading above 0% is a severe offence. Police can take licences away from drivers under the influence of alcohol. Other penalties can also be imposed, including jail time.
Heavy fines exist for minor traffic offences.
Penalties for serious offences include jail. Fines for traffic violations must be paid at a post office.
Police can keep your passport if you dispute a driving fine or offence. They will issue a receipt and a letter asking you to report to a police station. The passport will be returned once the dispute is settled.
Check with your travel insurer that your policy covers you for riding a motorbike, quad bike or similar.
Always wear a helmet.
Some taxi drivers get commissions to take passengers to bars, clubs and restaurants.
Never ask a taxi driver to recommend a bar, club or restaurant. Call a dispatcher instead of hailing one on the street.
Check the meter is running and the charge is correct. If you think you have been overcharged, ask for a receipt and contact the taxi company.
You'll be fined if you travel on public transport without a ticket.
To avoid a fine:
If you plan to join a Danube river cruise, read:
Make sure you consider border crossings and travel with your passport.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Hungary's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Always get a police report when reporting a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Call 438 8080 for a 24-hour tourist helpline for crime victims, run by the Hungarian National Tourist Office.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia has a consulate in Budapest, headed by an Honorary Consul. It provides limited consular and passport services.
Get in contact before you visit.
Australian Consulate, Budapest
Eötvös Loránd University
Múzeum Körút 4/a
1088 Budapest, Hungary
You can access full consular services from the Australian embassy in Austria.
Australian Embassy Vienna
The Icon, Gertrude-Fröhlich-Sandner-Str. 2
Phone: +43 1 506 740
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
24-hour Consular Emergency Centre
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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