Hungary 10.2 million
Budapest 1.9 million
Continental, with the average temperature (listed in Fahrenheit):
Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour
U.S. Eastern Standard Time + 6 hours
The voltage is 220 V/50Hz with European two-prong plug.
Electrical equipment of 110V/60Hz requires the use of an adapter and/or voltage converter.
Important telephone numbers
require 10, 20, 50 or 100 Forint coins, or a pre-purchased phone
card (sold at newsstands, supermarkets, hotels and post
Fax machines are available for tourists in main post offices and in many city hotels' Business Centers.
collect calls can be made from a private line or public
payphone. A coin or phonecard has to be inserted to
initiate the call.
Note: Foreign currency should be exchanged for Forints only in authorized exchange offices.
Credit Cards, Debit
Cards and Checks
Tourists holding valid US or Canadian passports are not required to have a visa for stays of less than 90 days. Passports must be valid for at least another six months from the planned date of arrival into Hungary. All other questions should be addressed to the nearest Hungarian Consulate.
In addition to personal travel luggage, limited non-commercial quantities of goods may be brought into Hungary duty free:
|Items purchased or received as
a gift worth up to 200,000 Ft are not subject to custom fees.
Non-resident travelers may apply for a refund of up to 16% of the general sales tax (AFA) on goods purchased in Hungary, with the exception of works of art, collections and antiques, under the following conditions:
- The single or total value of the goods on one original invoice, including AFA, must exceed 50,000 Ft.
- Not more than 90 days may elapse between the time of purchase and the time of export.
- The goods must be taken out of the country in new condition; that is, they may not be used in Hungary.
- At the time of departure the purchase must be presented to the customs officer, together with the AFA refund claim form at the time of departure.
|- At the time of departure the purchase must be presented to the customs officer, together with the AFA refund claim form, a detailed fiscal invoice and the Tax Free Envelope. These 3 items must be obtained from the place of purchase. You should also retain the receipts of your currency exchange for Ft and enclose it with your documents. If using a credit card, enclose the credit card receipt. Make sure to get the a customs stamp or the refund is not possible. If departing Hungary by plane, you should go to the customs office immediately after receiving your boarding pass at check-in and before you pass security control. You may receive your VAT refund in cash immediately at the airport (look for the VAT refund desk at the IBUSZ office) or by bank check sent to your home address or as a payment directly to your credit card. Mail refunds must be requested no more than 6 months after date of purchase.|