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Country Name: Hungary
Official Country Name: Republic of Hungary
Country Code 2-Letters: HU
Country Code 3-Letters: HUN
Street: Szabadság tér 12 H-1054 Budapest Hungary
Fact sheet: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/26566.htm
  • International Travel
  • Child Abductions
  • Intercountry Adoptions
  • Consular Notification
  • U.S. Visas
  • Contact
  • Quick Facts
  • Embassies and Consulates
  • Destination Description
  • Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws & Special Circumstances
  • Health
  • Travel & Transportation
Contact
Embassy Name: U.S. Embassy Budapest
Street Address: Szabadság tér 12
H-1054 Budapest
Hungary
Phone: +(36) (1) 475-4444
Emergency Phone: +(36) (1) 475-4444
Fax: +(36) (1) 475-4188 or +(36) (1) 475-4133
Email: acs.budapest@state.gov
Web: https://hu.usembassy.gov/

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Quick Facts
Passport Validity:


Six months validity recommended; three months validity beyond planned departure date from the Schengen area required.


Blank Passport Pages:


1 page per stamp


Tourist Visa Required:


Not required for stays under 90 days


Vaccinations:


None


Currency Restrictions for Entry:


Amounts over 10,000 Euros or equivalent to declare at customs


Currency Restrictions for Exit:


Amounts over 10,000 Euros or equivalent to declare at customs

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Budapest

Szabadság tér 12
H-1054 Budapest
Hungary
Telephone:
+(36) (1) 475-4444
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(36) (1) 475-4444
Fax: +(36) (1) 475-4188 or +(36) (1) 475-4133
Email: 

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Hungary for information on U.S. - Hungary relations.

Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements

Hungary is a party to the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Hungary for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. 

  • Your U.S. passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. 
  • You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.
  • For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries please see our Schengen fact sheet.
  • Visit the Embassy of Hungary’s website for the most current visa information.
  • For residence permit information please visit the Hungarian Office of Immigration and Nationality’s website.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Hungary.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. 

Although Hungary is generally a safe place to visit, you should use caution and stay alert. Be especially careful in train stations, crowded tourist areas, crowded buses, trams, and metros. You should avoid demonstrations and political rallies. In a few instances where demonstrations have turned violent, authorities have used riot police and water cannons to control crowds.

Ethnic nationalist groups have gained popularity in Hungary in the past years advocating intolerance towards Jews, Roma, and LGBTI persons. Although these groups do not engage in violence and are not explicitly anti-United States, you should avoid public demonstrations and confrontations with their members.

Crime: 
Passports, cash, and credit cards are favorite targets of thieves. The Embassy regularly receives reports of pick-pocketing on the trains between Budapest and Vienna. Be especially mindful of your belongings when traveling this route.

General tips to avoid becoming a victim of crime:

  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • Keep your belongings secure at all times.
  • Do not accept food or drink from anyone but a server (there have been reports of foreigners being drugged for robbery or sexual assault).

See the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section page for more details on common scams and crimes in Hungary. 

See the Department of State and FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

Hungarian authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes committed in Hungary. Report crimes to the local police by calling 107 or 112, and contact the U.S. Embassy at (36)(1) 475-4444.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

  • Carry your passport with you at all times. Local police may require you to show documentation to establish your identity upon request. Hungarian police may take you into custody if you attempt to prove your identity with documents other than a passport.
  • Hungary has a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Penalties are severe, including significant jail time.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Special Circumstances regarding money and customs:

  • Travelers’ checks are not universally accepted in Hungary.
  • ATMs are readily available.
  • Western Union is the most prevalent international money transfer company and has many locations throughout Hungary.
  • Visit the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary website for information about import and export of potentially restricted items.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Hungary. While improving, entrenched societal LGBTI discrimination continues to make overt LGBTI identity difficult.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Hungarian law requires that all government buildings be accessible to persons with disabilities. However, many buildings are still not up to standard. Most buses, trams, and metro stations are not equipped with lifts for travelers with disabilities.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Hungary to ensure the medication is legal in Hungary. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

Doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash at the time of service and usually cannot bill your insurer directly, even if you have coverage overseas. Be prepared to pay bills first and claim reimbursement from your insurer later.

Prescription and over-the-counter medicines are widely available at pharmacies.

The Embassy maintains a website with more details about specific medical care providers.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Travel & Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:
Roadside assistance, including medical and other services, is available. English is usually spoken at the emergency numbers listed below. If you call and the operator does not speak English, dial 112.

Ambulance: 104
Police: 107
Fire: 105
24-hour English language emergency assistance: 112

Highways and urban roads are generally in good condition. As in most European countries, you must pay a toll to use Hungary’s highways. Payments must be made either at a gas station or online.

  • Areas under construction are not always adequately marked or blockaded.
  • Be on the alert when driving in rural areas. Rural roads are often narrow and poorly lit.
  • Pedestrians, tractors, and farm animals often share the use of rural roads. 
  • Train crossings are not always well-designated.

Additional information on road conditions is available from “Útinform” at (36)(1) 336-2400.

Traffic Laws:
Hungary has zero tolerance for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Prison sentences for DUI violations or accidents caused by impaired drivers are severe.

  • Police often conduct routine roadside checks and administer breath-analysis tests.
  • Police stop vehicles regularly to check documents.
  • Use of hand-held cell phones while driving is not permitted.
  • Car seats are required for infants.
  • Children under age of 12 may not sit in the front seat.
  • Seat belt use is mandatory.
  • You can drive in Hungary with a valid U.S. driver’s license for one year as long as you have a certified Hungarian translation of the license attached. After one year of residence you must obtain a Hungarian driver’s license. More information is on the U.S. Embassy’s website.
  • International driver’s permits (IDP) issued by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the National Automobile Club are acceptable when used with a valid state driver’s license.

Hungarian police issue traffic violations in the form of a postal check that reflects the amount of the fine. You may pay the fines at any Hungarian post office. Police will confiscate the passport of a person who chooses to contest the fine and issue the person an “invitation letter” to appear at the police station to resolve the dispute. Police will return the passport after resolution and/or payment of the fine.

Public Transportation:
Public transportation in Budapest is excellent. Budapest’s tram, subway, and bus service is reliable and – for the most part – clean. You may find more information online at the Budapest Transport page. Public transportation outside of Budapest is not as dependable.

Taxis in Budapest are plentiful and generally inexpensive. All taxis are yellow, marked accordingly, and should have meters. The Embassy urges all travelers to insist on using a metered taxi, and to avoid entering into agreements with taxi drivers to an unmetered fare. 

Hungary’s train service is generally reliable. See more information about Hungary’s train system. The Embassy regularly receives reports of pick-pocketing on the trains between Budapest and Vienna. Be especially mindful of your belongings when traveling this route.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Hungary’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight:
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Hungary’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Hungary’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information
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Washington, DC (202) 362-6730 (202) 966-8135

Los Angeles, CA (310) 473-9344 (310) 479-6443

New York, NY (212) 752-0669 (212) 755-5986

  • General Information
  • Hague Abduction Convention
  • Return
  • Visitation/Access
  • Retaining an Attorney
  • Mediation
Hague Questions | Learn More Links
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention? Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention? Yes
Learn why the Hague Abduction Convention Matters: /content/travel/en/International-Parental-Child-Abduction/for-providers/laws/important-feat-hague-abdtn-conv.html

General Information

Hungary and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since July 1, 1988.

For information concerning travel to Hungary, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Hungary.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Hungary.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone: 1-888-407-4747
Fax: 1-202-485-6221
Website: travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

The Hungarian Central Authority (HCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Department of Justice Cooperation and Private International Law, located in the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice.  The Department of Justice Cooperation and Private International Law performs several functions, including processing applications under the Hague Abduction Convention, contacting the alleged abducting parent to inquire about a voluntary resolution, and performing searches for missing children.  The HCA can be reached at:

Ministry of Public Administration and Justice
Department of Justice Cooperation and Private International Law
P.O. Box 2
1357 Budapest
Kossuth tér 2-4.
1055 BUDAPEST
Hungary
tel.: +36 (1) 795-4846
fax: +36 (1) 795-0463
e-mail: nemzm@kim.gov.hu
General website 

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Hungary, the USCA encourages a parent or legal guardian to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the HCA.  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the HCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes. 

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Hungarian central authorities.  The HCA assigns a pro bono (no fee) attorney to represent parents making an application for return or access under the Hague Abduction Convention.  Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Hungary.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Hungary.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

Retaining an Attorney

The HCA will arrange for a pro bono attorney to represent applicant parents who are seeking a child’s return under the Hague Abduction Convention.  A left-behind parent is not required to retain an attorney privately, and if he/she elects to do so, the parent is responsible for all legal costs.  A private attorney should contact the HCA prior to filing a Hague return application directly with the court. 

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, posts a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

Mediation

The HCA does not provide mediation services directly, although the HCA is available to provide referrals and information about the mediation process.  Mediation costs are borne by the parents and mediation can occur at any stage of the Hague process.  The Hungarian legal system allows for mediation on issues related to access and relocation, but not on custody, guardianship, or paternity.

  • Hague
  • Hague Convention Information
  • U.S. Immigration Requirements
  • Who Can Adopt
  • Who Can Be Adopted
  • How To Adopt
  • Traveling Abroad
  • After Adoption
  • Contact Information
Hague Questions
Hague Adoption Convention Country? Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible? Yes
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
Hague Convention Information

Intercountry adoptions to the United States from Hungary and from the United States to Hungary are possible.

Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States. We urge prospective adoptive parents residing abroad who are considering adoption of a child from the United States to consult with Hungary’s Central Authority, Ministry of Human Capacities, Department for Demographic and Children’s Affairs, for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention.

Hungary is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the requirements of the Hague Adoption Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations; as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Hungary.

Important: U.S.-based adoption agencies must be registered with the Hungarian Central Authority. There are no adoption agencies or adoption centers in Hungary for intercountry adoptions. Prospective adoptive parents, adoption service providers, and adoption facilitators must work directly with the Hungarian Central Authority.

U.S. Immigration Requirements For Intercountry Adoptions

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Hungary, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.

 

Who Can Adopt

In addition to being found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS, prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a child from Hungary must meet the following requirements imposed by Hungary:

  • Minimum Residency: None
  • Age of Adopting Parents: According to Hungarian law, prospective adoptive parents must be at least 16 years older, but no more than 45 years older than their adoptive child. The age difference is calculated based on the age of the younger adoptive parent. If the adoptive children are siblings, the age of the older sibling is taken into consideration.
  • Marriage: Married couples may adopt from Hungary. Although Hungarian law allows single parents to adopt, authorities may give priority to married couples when deciding on a child’s placement based on the opinion that a married couple should raise a child.
  • Minimum Income: None
  • Other requirements:
    • Same-sex couples cannot adopt from Hungary. According to the Hungarian authorities, a “traditional family,” which they consider to be a household with a man and a woman, should raise a child.
    • Hungarian law also requires a 30-day in-country “bonding period” with the adoptive child before the adoption.

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Hungary is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Hungary must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for intercountry adoption. For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Hungary have determined that placement of the child within Hungary has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests.

In addition to qualifying as a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, the child must also meet the following requirements imposed by Hungary:

  • Eligibility for adoption: According to Hungarian Family Law, children who fall into one of three categories are considered eligible for intercountry adoption under the Hague Adoption Convention: children whose parents are deceased; children who have been legally abandoned; or children whose parents have had their parental rights terminated by the Hungarian Government.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have not relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

How To Adopt

Warning: Do not adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in Hungary before: 1) USCIS has approved your Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, 2) the Central Authority of Hungary has determined the child is available for intercountry adoption, 3) USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, and 4) a U.S. consular officer has issued an “Article 5/17 Letter” in the case. Read on for more information.

Hungary’s Central Adoption Authority
The Ministry of Human Capacities, Department for Demography and Children’s Affairs (EMMI) (Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma, Demográfiai és Gyermekügyi Főosztály)

The Process

Because Hungary is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adoptions from Hungary must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is provided below. You must complete these steps in the following order to meet all necessary legal requirements. Adoptions completed out of order may cause significant delays or result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider To Act as Your Primary Provider That Has Been Authorized by Hungary’s Central Authority to Operate in Hungary.

2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt (Form I-800A).

3. Apply to Hungary’s Authorities to Adopt, and Be Matched with a Child.

4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee (Form I-800) and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption (Art. 5/17 letter).

5. Adopt the Child in Hungary.

6. Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home.

 

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider to Act as Your Primary Provider to Operate in Hungary

The first step in adopting a child from Hungary is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited or approved to provide intercountry adoption services to U.S. citizens and that has been authorized by the Government of Hungary. A primary provider must be identified in each Convention case and only accredited or approved adoption service providers may act as the primary provider in your case. Unless a public domestic authority is providing all adoption services in your case, a primary provider is required in every intercountry adoption case. Your primary provider is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all six adoption services defined at 22 CFR 96.2 are provided consistent with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Supervising and being responsible for any supervised providers, and otherwise complying with the requirements regarding the provision of adoption services using other providers (see 22 CFR 96.14); and
  • Developing and implementing a service plan in accordance with 22 CFR 96.44.

For more information on primary providers and the UAA, please see Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. Learn more about Agency Accreditation.

 

2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt

In order to adopt a child from Hungary, you will need to meet the requirements of the Government of Hungary and U.S. immigration law.

After you choose an accredited or approved adoption service provider, you must be found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS by submitting Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country. You will need to submit a home study, provide biometrics, and cooperate in a background check as part of this application. Read more about Suitability and Eligibility Requirements. Unless an exception applies, the home study must be prepared by a person who is authorized under 22 CFR 96 to prepare home studies and must comply with the requirements in 8 CFR 204.311.

 

3. Apply to Hungary’s Authorities to Adopt, and be Matched with a Child

Submit Your Dossier to the Central Authority

After USCIS determines that you are suitable and eligible to adopt and approves the Form I-800A application, your adoption service provider will provide your approval notice, home study, and any other required information to the adoption authority in Hungary as part of your adoption application. Hungary’s adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also suitable and eligible to adopt under Hungary’s law.

Receive a Referral for a Child from the Central Authority

If both the United States and Hungary determine that you are suitable and eligible to adopt, and Hungary’s Central Authority for Convention adoptions has determined that a child is eligible for adoption and that intercountry adoption is in that child’s best interests, the Central Authority for Convention adoptions in Hungary may provide you with a referral. The referral is a proposed match between you and a specific child based on a review of your dossier and the needs of the child. The adoption authority in Hungary will provide a background study and other information, if available, about the child to help you decide whether to accept the referral. We encourage families to consider consulting with a medical professional and their adoption service provider to understand the needs of the specific child but you must decide for yourself whether you will be able to meet the needs of, and provide a permanent home for a specific child. You must also adhere to the recommendations in the home study submitted to USCIS with respect to the number of children and capacity to deal with any special needs of an adoptive child. Learn more about Health Considerations. If you accept the referral, the adoption service provider communicates that to the Central Authority in Hungary. Learn more about this critical decision.

Hungarian authorities give preference to adoptive parents who are willing to adopt sibling groups, or a child with special needs or medical conditions.

 

4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption

Submit a Petition for a Determination on the Child’s Immigration Eligibility

After you accept being matched with a particular child, you will apply to USCIS for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States by filing the Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child appears to meet the definition of a Convention adoptee and will likely be eligible to be admitted to the United States.

Submit an Immigrant Visa Application

After provisional approval of Form I-800 petition, you or your adoption service provider will submit a visa application to the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest responsible for issuing immigrant visas to children from Hungary.

You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assigning a case number and an invoice ID number. Use this information to log into the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to file the Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) for your child. An adoptive parent should fill out these forms in your child's name. Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block. Please review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact the NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form. A consular officer will review the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and the visa application and, if applicable, advise you of options for the waiver of any ineligibilities related to the visa application.

The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Hungary’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Hungary if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Hungary’s Central Authority that the parents are suitable and eligible to adopt, that the child appears eligible to enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

Warning: Do not attempt to adopt a child in Hungary before you receive provisional approval of your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case.

Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

 

5. Adopt the Child in Hungary

Remember: Before you adopt a child in Hungary, you must have completed the above four steps. Only after completing these steps can you proceed to finalize the adoption.

The process for finalizing the adoption in Hungary generally includes the following:

  • Role of Adoption Authority: The Central Authority, the Ministry of Human Capacities, maintains a list of children eligible for intercountry adoption, as well as a list of prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) eligible to adopt from Hungary. The Ministry suggests a match to PAPs. If the PAPs accept the match, the Ministry grants them temporary, legal custody for a 30 day, in-country “bonding period” and transfers the case to the Local Guardianship Authority.
  • Role of the Court: Courts have no jurisdiction over adoptions in Hungary.
  • Role of Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Providers: The Central Authority authorizes U.S. adoption service providers to operate in Hungary. These agencies work directly with the Ministry of Human Capacities.

Unless a public domestic authority is providing all adoption services in your case, there must be a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider acting as the primary provider in every case. Also, any agency or person providing an adoption service on behalf of prospective adoptive parents in any Convention or non-Convention intercountry adoption case must be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider. Adoption service means any one of the following six services:

  • Identifying a child for adoption and arranging an adoption;
  • Securing the necessary consent to termination of parental rights and to adoption;
  • Performing a background study on a child or a home study on a prospective adoptive parent(s), and reporting on such a study;
  • Making non-judicial determinations of the best interests of a child and the appropriateness of an adoptive placement for the child;
  • Monitoring a case after a child has been placed with prospective adoptive parent(s) until final adoption; or
  • When necessary because of a disruption before final adoption, assuming custody and providing (including facilitating the provision of) child care or any other social service pending an alternative placement. 22 CFR 96.2 Definitions.
  • Role of the Local Guardianship Authority: Once the Ministry grants guardianship for the 30 day in-country “bonding period,” the Local Guardianship Authority, located in the local mayor’s office in each region, issues an official Custody Decree to the PAPs and the in-country “bonding period” officially begins. During the “bonding period,” representatives from the local Child Protection Services visit the family and check on the child. Once the “bonding period” has been successfully completed, the Local Guardianship Authority finalizes the adoption and issues a final adoption decree.
  • Adoption Application: After the required “bonding period,” the prospective adoptive parents must first submit the adoption application in person to the Ministry of Human Capacities. Then the prospective adoptive parents must also appear, with their interpreter, at a scheduled appointment at the Local Guardianship Authority to submit their U.S. passports and the temporary custody decree as proof they are eligible to adopt. The Local Guardianship Authority issues the final adoption decree on the same day of the appointment.
  • Time Frame: Intercountry adoptions in Hungary may take a few months to several years to complete. The matching process itself could take a few months to several years. Once matched, there is a 30 day in-country “bonding period.” If the “bonding period” is successful, an appointment with the Local Guardianship Authority must be made, which can take about one week to schedule. Once the Local Guardianship Authority approves of the adoption, a final adoption decree is issued on the same day, and with the decree, it will take one day to obtain a new birth certificate from the local mayor’s office. It takes approximately two working days to apply for an expedited Hungarian passport, and an additional week to obtain the necessary U.S. visa from the U.S. Embassy in Budapest.
  • Adoption Fees: There is no fee for the adoption application itself. However, there are other expenses associated with adopting from Hungary such as:
    • Hungarian passport –$12 for regular processing; $200 for expedited processing;
    • Document translation - $25-$100 per document; interpretation services - approximately $100 per day;
    • U.S. immigrant visa fee - $325 per applicant, paid at the U.S. Embassy;
    • Document notarization - $50 per document, paid at the U.S. Embassy.

We encourage prospective adoptive parents to obtain detailed receipts for all fees and donations paid, either by them directly or through your U.S. adoption service provider, and to raise any concerns regarding any payment that you believe may be contrary to the Convention, U.S. law, or the law of Hungary, with your adoption service provider, and, when appropriate, through the Complaint Registry. Improper payments violate applicable law or create the appearance of buying a child, and could put all future adoptions in Hungary at risk. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for instance, makes it unlawful to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. Further, the IAA makes certain actions relating to intercountry adoptions unlawful, and subject to civil and criminal penalties. These include offering, giving, soliciting, or accepting inducement by way of compensation intended to influence or affect the relinquishment of parental rights, parental consent relating to adoption of a child, or a decision by an entity performing functions as a competent central authority, or to engage another person as an agent to take any such action.

In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your adoption service provider will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process.

  • Documents Required: Prospective adoptive parents need to obtain the following documents with an official Hungarian translation:
    • Proof of home study;
    • Proof of income;
    • Psychological report showing suitability of the parents to adopt;
    • Home country's advance permission for the adoption (Form I-800A approval);
    • Proof of citizenship (photocopy of the passport);
    • Statement by the adoptive parents regarding their motivation for adoption, and expectations about the child (child's sex, age, health);
    • Proof of accreditation of the adoption agency;
    • Photos of the adoptive parents, of their home, other children, and other important elements of their lives.

Note: Additional documents may be requested.

  • Authentication of Documents: The United States and Hungary are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention. U.S. public documents may be authenticated with Apostilles by the appropriate U.S. Competent Authority.

 

6. Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home

Once your adoption is finalized, there are a few more steps to take before your child can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for three documents before your child can travel to the United States:

Birth Certificate

You will need to obtain a birth certificate for your child.

After you have finalized the adoption in Hungary, you will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

Birth certificates in Hungary are issued at local mayor’s offices. In order to obtain a new birth certificate for your child, you will need to present the final adoption decree issued by the Local Guardianship Authority. The new birth certificate indicates the adoptive parents’ names, and is issued within one or two working days.

Hungary Passport

Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or passport from Hungary.

Passports in Hungary are issued by the Hungarian Passport Office. You must present the final adoption decree and the new birth certificate in order to obtain a new passport for your child. The new passport is issued within one or two working days.

U.S. Immigrant Visa

After you obtain the new birth certificate and Hungarian passport for your child, you need to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. After the adoption is granted, visit the U.S Embassy for a final review of the case, and if applicable, the issuance of a U.S. Hague Adoption Certificate or Hague Custody Certificate, the final approval of the Form I-800 petition, and to obtain your child’s immigrant visa. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you and be admitted to the United States as your child. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Budapest by email at usconsular.budapest@state.gov to schedule your child’s immigrant visa appointment. As part of this process, you must provide the consular officer with the Panel Physician’s medical report on the child if you did not provide it during the Form I-800 provisional approval stage. Read more about the Medical Examination.

Before coming for your child’s immigrant visa interview, please complete an Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) online at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assignment of a case number and an invoice ID number. You will need this information to log into CEAC to file the DS-260 for your child. You should fill out these forms in your child's name. Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block. Print and bring the DS-260 confirmation page to the visa interview. Review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form.

Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Budapest processes immigrant visas for non-U.S. citizens located in Hungary. Additional information concerning immigrant visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Budapest website.

Upon receipt of the case at post, the Consular Section generally notifies the petitioner. Visa issuance after the final interview generally takes 24 hours. It is not usually possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the same day as the immigrant visa interview. You should verify current processing times with the U.S. Embassy in Budapest before making final travel arrangements. Additional information on immigrant visa processing can be found on our website.

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s admission into the United States:  An adopted child residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence generally will acquire U.S. citizenship automatically if the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, including that the child is under the age of eighteen.

For adoptions finalized after the child’s admission into the United States: You will need to complete an adoption following your child’s admission into the United States and before the child turns eighteen for the child (if he or she otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000) to automatically acquire U.S. citizenship.

Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

U.S. citizens are required to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Once your child acquires U.S. citizenship, s/he will need a U.S. passport for international travel. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Department of State’s Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Hungary

In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa. U.S. citizens generally do not need a visa for short visits to Hungary, but under certain circumstances a visa may be required. Where required, visas are affixed to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation. To find information about obtaining a visa for Hungary, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip

Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The Department of State provides Country-Specific Information for every country in the world about various issues, including health conditions, crime, currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling abroad during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State through our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Enrollment makes it possible for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Hungary, to contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Hungary, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

After Adoption

Post-Adoption Reporting Requirements

Hungary requires a detailed post-adoption report two months after the adoption is finalized, and another report one year after the adoption is finalized.

We urge you to comply with Hungary’s post-adoption/post-placement requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption service provider may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to Hungary’s positive experiences with U.S. citizen adoptive parents.

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. You may wish to take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. Your primary provider can provide or point you to post- placement/post-adoption services to help your adopted child and your family transition smoothly and deal effectively with the many adjustments required in an intercountry adoption.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a website, the Child Welfare Information Gateway, which can be a useful resource to get you started on your support group search.

COMPLAINTS

If you have concerns about your intercountry adoption process, we ask that you share this information with the Embassy in Budapest, particularly if it involves possible fraud or misconduct specific to your child’s case. The Department of State takes all allegations of fraud or misconduct seriously. Our Adoption Comment Page provides several points of contact for adoptive families to comment on their adoption service provider, their experience applying for their child’s visa, or about the Form I-800/A petition process.

The Complaint Registry is an internet based registry for filing complaints about the compliance of U.S. accredited or approved adoption service providers with U.S. accreditation standards. If you think your provider's conduct may not have been in compliance with accreditation standards, first submit your complaint in writing directly to your provider. If the complaint is not resolved through the provider's complaint process, you may file the complaint through the Complaint Registry.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Hungary
1054 Budapest
Szabadsag ter 12.
Hungary
Tel: 011-36-1-475-4400
Fax: 011-36-1-475-4113
Email: iv.budapest@state.gov
Internet: http://hu.usembassy.gov

Hungary's Adoption Authority
Ministry of Human Capacities, Department for Demography and Children’s Affairs (Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma, Demográfiai és Gyermekügyi Főosztály - EMMI)
1054 Budapest
Szalay u 10.
Hungary
Tel: 011-36-1-795-3153
Internet: www.emmi.gov.hu

Embassy of Hungary
3910 Shoemaker Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel:  1-202-364-6730
Fax: 1-202-966-8135
Email: informacio.was@mfa.gov.hu   
Internet: http://washington.kormany.hu/consular

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State  
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel:  1-888-407-4747
Email: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel:  1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1- 913-214-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet:  uscis.gov

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Classifications
Visa Classifications

Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None A Multiple 48 Months
A-2 None A Multiple 48 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None One 60 Months
C-3 None A Multiple 48 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None A Multiple 48 Months
G-2 None A Multiple 48 Months
G-3 None One 3 Months
G-4 None Multiple 48 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-6 10 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO-7 1 None Multiple 12 Months
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None One 1 Month
U-2 None One 1 Month
U-3 None One 1 Month
U-4 None One 1 Month
U-5 None One 1 Month
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Hungarian diplomatic and official passport holders traveling TDY to Hungarian diplomatic and consular establishments in the U.S. (including the UN) may receive visas as their travel needs require valid for up to 6 months with multiple entries.

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

General Documents | Birth, Death, Burial Certificates | Marriage, Divorce Certificates
General Documents

Documents and records are normally obtainable by persons within Hungary in one week to one month. Persons outside of Hungary, however, may have to wait 3-4 three to four months to obtain documents through a Hungarian Embassy or Consulate.  The Hungarian Embassy or Consulate may charge an extra fee for the this service since the documents should be obtained from Hungary.  

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: The first certificate is free of charge.  Additional copies cost 2000 forints.

Document Name: születési anyakönyvi kivonat

Issuing Authority: Vital Records Office (Polgarmesteri Hivatal, Anyakonyvi Hivatal)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: pink

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Vital Records Office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants may apply in person or electronically after registering on the government’s customer portal (Ügyfélkapu).

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: none

Comments: The certificate is in three languages: Hungarian, English and French.  Birth certificates of children adopted by foreigners in Hungary indicate the actual place of birth but will also indicate the "place of origin" as the residence of the adoptive mother. 

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: The first certificate is free of charge.  Additional copies cost 2000 forints.

Document Name: halotti anyakönyvi kivonat

Issuing Authority: Vital Records Office (Polgarmesteri Hivatal, Anyakonyvi Hivatal)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: green

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Vital Records Office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants may apply in person or electronically after registering on the government’s customer portal (Ügyfélkapu).

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: none

Comments: The certificate is in three languages: Hungarian, English and French.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: The first certificate is free of charge.  Additional copies cost 2000 forints.

Document Name: házassági anyakönyvi kivonat

Issuing Authority: Vital Records Office (Polgarmesteri Hivatal, Anyakonyvi Hivatal)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: gray

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Vital Records Office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants may apply in person or electronically after registering on the government’s customer portal (Ügyfélkapu).

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: none

Comments: The certificate is in three languages: Hungarian, English and French.  Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Hungary.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available to the parties concerned and/or their legal representatives.

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: valasi vegzes (divorce decree)

Issuing Authority: Court in which the decree was issued.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: white

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Court in which the decree was issued.

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: The parties are furnished a copy of the divorce decree.  Copies can be obtained from the court in which the decree was issued.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: Marriage certificates issued by the Vital Records Office will indicate under "Remark" that the marriage has been legally dissolved.  The Remark section is only in Hungarian.  U.S. Embassy Budapest is happy to provide translation assistance if necessary.  

Exceptions: none

Comments: none

Adoption Certificates | Identity Card | Police, Court, Prison Records | Military Records
Adoption Certificates

Available to adopted persons or their legal representatives.

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: örökbefogadási végzés

Issuing Authority: Guardianship Authority

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: white

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Guardianship Authority

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: The document may be obtained from the local Guardianship Authority

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: none

Comments: none

Identity Card

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: személyi igazolvány

Issuing Authority: The local Mayor’s Office.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: pink

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Mayor’s Office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: The ID card is issued by the local Mayor’s Office.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: none

Comments: none

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: The fee must be paid by postal check provided with the request form.

Document Name: hatósági erkölcsi bizonyítvány (Certificate of Criminal Record)

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Interior, Department of Criminal Registry (Bűnügyi Nyilvántartó Hatóság)

Mailing address: 1476 Budapest Pf.380.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: green

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Department of Criminal Registry

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Certificate of criminal record request forms are available at Hungarian post offices.  The certificate is issued within five working days from receipt of the request.  The certificate is issued only in Hungarian.  Non-residents should apply for certificates at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in their country of their residence.  The certificate will be forwarded to the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  The Hungarian Embassy or Consulate may charge a fee for the service. 

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: Five bolded lines with NEM SZEREPEL listed twice on two separate lines.

Comments: Please note that the person requesting the certificate of criminal record must indicate in question 4 of the request form that the certificate is requested for an immigrant visa application to the United States.  Failure to do so will generate a certificate that may not reflect the full extent of the person’s criminal history and should not be considered sufficient to support an application for a U.S. immigration benefit.  If you have questions, please contact usconsular.budapest@state.gov.

 

Prison Records

Unavailable

Military Records

Available for persons between the ages of 18 and 40.

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: lgazolás sorkatonai szolgálatról

Issuing Authority: local military authority

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal/color/format.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of Defense

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applications may be submitted to the local military authority (Hadkiegeszito Parancsnoksag) personally or electronically.  Information about how to obtain records is available on hadkiegeszites.hu.  For individuals aged between 40 to 50 the military record may be requested from the Institute and Museum of Military History.  For information and the address of the institute, please see the webpage above.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: none

Comments: none

Passports & Other Travel Documents | Other Records | Visa Issuing Posts | Visa Services
Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): Regular, Diplomatic, Official

Fees: The fee for a regular passport is $55

Document Name: Útlevél

Issuing Government Authority: Central Passport Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Brown

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of Interior

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: The passport application can be made personally at the local Mayor’s Office.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: none

Comments: none

Other Records

Affidavit of Paternity

Available. "Apai Elismero Nyilatkozat", drawn up before the guardianship authorities, or a certificate to the effect that a father has recognized a child as his own, is available to the parents.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Budapest

Address:

Mailing Address:
c/o AmEmb (BUD)
APO AE 09213-1320

Street Address:
1054 Budapest
Szabadsag tér 12

Phone number: During office hours: (36-1) 475-4400 (Local time: GMT +1)
After-hours emergency calls -- for American citizens only: (36-1) 475-4400

Facsimile: (36-1) 475-4764

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Hungary.