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2013. October 29.

Entering, staying and working conditions in Hungary in case of Third country nationals


  1. Short term stay (not exceeding the 90 days period)

Nationals of countries listed in the 539/2001 EC council regulation Annex II. („Visa-free nationals”) may enter Hungary without a visa, however nationals of countries not listed in the council regulation/countries under visa obligation („Visa nationals”) - even if they are family members of EU/EEA citizens - will need to apply for a visa or a residence permit before entering Hungary (Visa free nationals and Visa nationals collectively: „Third country nationals”). Visa-free nationals and Visa nationals entering Hungary with a visa are entitled to stay in Hungary only for 90 days.

  1. Entry for long stay (period exceeding 90 days)

Third country nationals intending to stay in Hungary for more than 90 days shall apply for a residence permit. The type and the validity of the residence permit depends on the purpose of stay. The resident permit may be issued for the following purposes: visitation, gainful activity, education, family reunification, medical treatment, research work, voluntary activity or official purpose. In case the stay does not fall in the categories above, it may be issued for another purpose. To obtain such a residence permit the applicants shall prove not only the purpose of their stay, but also their livelihood, housing and all inclusive health insurance. Usually the residence permit may be issued for a maximum of two years, but after this period it can be renewed for two further years.

Third country nationals are entitled to become a permanent resident of Hungary, after a five-year period of uninterrupted legal residence in the territory of Hungary.

  1. Working in Hungary

Third country nationals – except family members of EU/EEA citizens - may only work in Hungary based on a permit. The work permit may be issued if the employer has a valid labor need in relation to the activity to be performed by the applicant. Once issued, the work permit is valid for a maximum of two years, but it can be renewed for an additional two-year period.


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2013. October 24.

Entering, staying and working conditions in Hungary in case of EU/EEA citizens


Entry for 90 days

Citizens of the European Union and nationals of the states of the European Economic Area („EU citizens/EEA nationals”) with the right of free movement may enter Hungary in possession of their valid passport or personal identity card. EU citizens/EEA nationals are entitled to stay in Hungary for 90 days without the obligation to report their presence and certify the legality of their stay.

  1. Stay exceeding 90 days

In case the EU citizens/EEA nationals intend to stay in Hungary for more than 90 days they shall apply to the Regional Directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality for a registration certificate during the 90 days-stay period. To obtain such a certificate EU citizens/EEA nationals need to prove their employment relationship, livelihood, housing and comprehensive health insurance. If all necessary documents are collected, the duration of the procedure will take only thirty minutes. The registration certificate is issued for an indefinite period and will lose its validity if the right of residence itself is terminated. It is important to note that EU citizens/EEA nationals cannot be expelled for failing to register, but they may be fined.

EU citizens/EEA nationals are entitled to become a permanent resident of Hungary, only after a five-year period of uninterrupted legal residence.

  1. Working in Hungary

EU citizens/EEA nationals are allowed to enter employment in Hungary without permission. However, the employer shall submit a notification in relation to the employment of such persons to the local employment office not later than on the first working day.

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