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Capital: Budapest

Time Zone: +1 hour. Daylight saving time: GMT +2 hours.
Tel. Country Code: 36
USADirect Tel.: 6
Electrical Standards: Electrical current is 220/50 (volts/hz). European Style Adaptor Plug. Grounding Adaptor Plug D.

Travel Advisory - Hungary

Europe, Russia and former the Soviet Union countries vary widely in travel risks and adequacy of health care delivery. Water- and food-borne illnesses such as travelers' diarrhea, typhoid and Giardia are threats outside of Western Europe. Insect-transmitted diseases, such as Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis are common in wooded, rural areas in most countries, including Western Europe.

Dr. Rose Recommends for Travel to Hungary

Resource Links

World Health Organization
Travel Health Services
Country Insights
Travel Warnings
Consular Information
Foreign Commonweatlh Office


U.S. Embassy
Szabadsag Ter 12

U.S Citizens Service: The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section provides assistance with U.S. passports, Reports of Births Abroad to U.S. Citizens, Reports of Death, voting abroad, notary services, Federal Benefits, and a few other, specialized consular services, such as repatriation loans, prison visits to incarcerated Americans and welfare and whereabouts queries. ACS cannot act as your travel agent, bank, interpreter, employment office, lawyer, investigator or law enforcement agent, or assist with personal legal, medical, etc., matters. However, ACS can tell you how to receive help on these and other matters. Should questions arise while browsing through this guide, do not hesitate to contact us.

Entry Requirements

• A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days. • HIV Test: Not required. • Vaccinations: None required.

Passport/Visa: Hungary is a stable democracy with a market economy. Tourist facilities outside Budapest are widely available, if not as developed as those found in Western Europe. Visitors considering a trip are encouraged to read the Embassy’s consular web site at Please read the Department of State Background Notes on Hungary.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A passport is required. A visa is not required for tourist stays of up to ninety (90) days as of May 1, 2004. American citizen tourists may remain in Hungary for up to ninety days (90) during any six-month period from the date of first entry. If you plan to reside or study in Hungary for a period of more than ninety days, a visa must be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary at 3910 Shoemaker Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 362-6730. Internet address:, or the nearest Hungarian Consulate in Los Angeles or New York. 

Passport Information

HIV Test: Not required.

Required Vaccinations: None required.

Vaccinations: Recommended and Routine

Hepatitis A: Recommended for all travelers over 1 year of age.

Considered optional for prolonged stays (>2-4 weeks) for adventure travelers and those wanting maximmum protection outside of first-class hotels.

Hepatitis B:
 Recommended for all non-immune travelers who might be exposed to blood or body fluids from unsafe/unprotected sexual contact; from injecting drug use with shared/re-used needles and syringes; from medical treatment with non-sterile (re-used) needles and syringes. Recommended for any traveler requesting protection against hepatitis B infection.

 Vaccination recommended for all travelers >6 months of age who have not received a flu shot in the previous 12 months.

Polio: Not recommended beyond the childhood series.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis:
Risk exists throughout the country, especially in the counties of Somogy, Veszprem, Vas, Baranya, Nograd, and Heves and around Lake Balaton. Higher risk exists in Zala County. Transmission occurs from April through December. Recommended for: short- or long-stay travel that includes hiking, camping, or other outdoor activities in rural risk areas; all long-term expatriates due to the likelihood of occasional rural travel or exposure in the outskirts of urban areas. Vaccine is only available in Canada and Europe.

All unvaccinated travelers should take measures to prevent tick bites while hiking in or visiting rural areas.

Rabies: Recommended for travelers spending time outdoors in rural areas where there is an increased the risk of animal bites, especially bites from dogs, foxes and bats. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals and may not report bites. Pre-exposure vaccination eliminates the need for rabies immune globulin in the event of a high-risk animal bite, but does not eliminate the need for treatment with 2 booster doses of the rabies vaccine.

Routine Immunizations:
 Immunizations against tetanus-diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR vaccine) and varicella (chickenpox) should be administered, or updated, if necessary, before departure. MMR protection is especially important for any female of childbearing age who may become pregnant.

• The Tdap vaccine, which also boosts immunity against pertussis (whooping cough), should be considered when a tetanus-diphtheria booster (Td) is indicated. Tdap is a once-only vaccine and is good for 10 years before the next tetanus booster (Td) is needed.

Hospitals / Doctors

Medical treatment in Hungary is adequate, but hospital facilities and nursing support are not comparable to those in the United States and Europe. Physicians are generally well trained, but there is a lack of adequate emergency services. Some doctors, particularly in Budapest, speak English. Doctors and hospitals usually expect immediate cash payment for health services.

All travelers should be up-to-date on their immunizations and are advised to carry a medical kit as well as antibiotics to treat travelers’ diarrhea or other infections. Travelers who are taking regular medications should carry them properly labeled and in sufficient quantity to last for the duration of their trip; they should not expect to obtain prescription or over-the-counter drugs in local stores or pharmacies in this country—the equivalent drugs may not be available; may be of dubious origin or of unreliable quality.

• Travelers are advised to obtain travel insurance that provides for medical evacuation to a facility in Western Europe in the event of serious illness or injury requiring more advanced care.

List of doctors and hospitals maintained by the U.S. Embassy.

Telki Private Hospital

Most specialties; English-speaking staff. Outpatient services.

FirstMed Centers

24-hour emergency services; family medicine; Ob/Gyn (including sonograms); laboratory; pharmacy; X-ray. Personnel speak English.

IMC International Medical Center 
Health maintenance and preventive health care programs; diagnostic center; laboratory; radiology with CT; mammography, MRI, EEG, ultrasound. English-speaking doctors and receptionist. 

MÁV Kórház 
VI. Rippl-Rónai u. 37
(Emergency Room Entrance) 
Tel: [36] (1) 475-2600, 475-2500
Pediatric and adult: emergency room and management of cardiac, surgical, burn, thoracic, trauma, orthopedic, eye, Ob/Gyn, neurology, gastroenterology, MRI. 


Multiple locatons countrywide. Medical examinations and treatment, emergency house calls/triage. English-speaking doctors/receptionist available 24 hours. 

Rozsakert Medical Center

Multispecialty clinic with over 90 doctors on staff.