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GENERAL VISA INFORMATION

BUDAPEST 2023

WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

General information for entering Hungary

 

Hungary joined the Schengen Area on December 21, 2007. From that, time visas and residence permits issued by one of the Member States are valid also for Hungary, and visas/residence permits issued by Hungarian authorities are as a general rule also valid for the entire Schengen Area.

 

Holders of passports issued by the countries, entities or territories listed on the following website are granted visa-free travel to Hungary: https://konzinfo.mfa.gov.hu/en/visa-free-travel-hungary 

 

All World Athletics member countries can check their own visa scenario and available Embassy or Consulates on following online chart

 

Participants who need a visa to enter Hungary are advised to submit their application to the competent Hungarian mission at least 4 weeks before travelling. Applications should include a proof of registration.

 

Where to submit a visa application?

 

Uniform visa applications have to be submitted at the representation of Hungary, at the Hungarian Visa Application Centre or at the Consulate/Embassy representing Hungary on visa issuance in the country of the applicant.

 

Which of the Hungarian consulates are responsible for issuing visa?

 

  1. where the applicant resides legally and has a habitual residence (the applicant is a citizen of the esteemed country or holds a permit valid for a stay longer than 3 months – e.g. residence permit)
  2. the applicant does not have a habitual residence or right for long term stay but at the moment stays legally there and gave reasons for applying at that consulate. This is not a personal right; it depends on the consulate’s consideration and can only happen for an extremely good cause.

 

The stay is legal if, according to the law of the third-countries, the applicant is entitled to stay within the consular district for a short stay (e.g. with a visa) or for a longer stay (e.g. with residence permit).

 

If there is no Hungarian mission in the country where the applicant has his/her habitual residence, a Schengen Member State may represent Hungary regarding visa issuance, in the framework of a visa representation agreement. 

 

Visas are issued on behalf of Hungary by other Schengen Member States in accordance with visa representation agreements in countries listed on the website at: https://konzinfo.mfa.gov.hu/en/list-third-countries-where-schengen-state-issues-visas-behalf-hungary.

 

Who can submit a visa application?

 

The application should be submitted personally by the applicant (photo will be taken and fingerprints will be collected /exemptions exist for specific categories of applicants).

 

Important information

 

  1. Application shall be lodged no more than six months before the start of the intended visit.
  2. In general, the decision about the admissible applications should be made within 15 calendar days counted from the submission. 

 

  1. Just to be on the safe side we advise to submit the application earlier, at least 4 weeks before the planned departure. The consulate does not take any responsibility for delayed submission and for therefore failed travels.

 

  1. The period of examining a visa application may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, and exceptionally up to a maximum of 60 calendar days in special cases.

 

Prior consultation:

 

Under Article 22 of the Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code), a Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of visa applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of such nationals. The consultation may take up to 10 calendar days which shall be taken into consideration when applying for a visa. 

 

Documents needed upon visa applications:

 

  1. Completed visa application form;
  2. Travel document with at least two empty pages. The passport should have been issued within the last 10 years. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen territory.
  3. Travel medical insurance (covering emergency medical treatment, hospitalization and repatriation. The minimum cover should be of 30.000 EUR. This insurance must be valid for the entire Schengen area and throughout the duration of the stay).
  4. Travel itinerary and hotel reservation.
  5. Invitation letter.
  6. Visa fee (80 EUR).

 

Special list of supporting documents for Schengen visa applications with the purpose of attending sport events

 

  • Flight / travel reservations or other proof of intended transport: Reservation(s) -Bus, Train, Plane, Vehicle, Ferry etc.- must include PNR (reservation number) or ticket number, name of the passenger(s) and travel dates. In case of travel to more than one country, city/country transfers must be shown in the application.
  • Evidence of hotel bookings, the reservations must include the confirmation number and the name of the passengers who travel. Reservations without a name or reservation number will not be accepted.
  • Proof of means of subsistence: e.g. bank account statement on the account turnover during the last three months, and – proof of regular income e.g. salary slips of the last three months (or similar).
  • A personal invitation/accreditation from the organisers of the specific event. 
  • Confirmation of the national federation on the participation at the event.
  • Proof of previous sporting activity (e.g. membership in national federation, membership in sports club, membership fee paid for club/federation (several years), information/proof on attendance at major sport events during the past years).

 

Sporting event supporters/fans/ticket holders can lodge their visa applications in line with the general requirements:

https://konzinfo.mfa.gov.hu/en/how-apply-visa 

 

The applicant is advised to contact the Visa Section of the Embassy of Hungary in the country of nationality/residence.

 

Please note:

 

  • All submitted documents must be in English or in the language of the representing Member State
  • An interview may be required at the Embassy or by phone
  • You may be asked to provide further information or documentary evidence in addition to the above guideline

 

Citizens of countries/entities listed in Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 Annex II. may travel to Hungary without a visa:

 

 

Countries
Do Not Need Visa

Code

Note

British nationals (Overseas)

-

-

British Overseas Territories citizens (BOTC)

-

-

British overseas citizens (BOC)

-

-

British protected persons (BPP)

-

-

British subjects (BS)

-

-

Member states of the European Union

-

-

Member states of the Schengen Agreement

-

-

Albania 

ALB

with biometric passport only

Andorra

AND

 

Antigua and Barbuda

ANT

 

Argentina

ARG

 

Australia

AUS

 

Bahama-islands

BAH

 

Barbados

BAR

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

BIH

with biometric passport only

Brazil

BRA

 

Brunei

BRU

 

Canada

CAN

 

Chile

CHI

 

Colombia

COL

 

Costa Rica

CRC

 

Dominica (Commonwealth of Dominica)

DMA

 

East Timor (Timor Leste)

TLS

 

Grenada

GRN

 

Georgia

GEO

with biometric passport only

Guatemala

GUT

 

Honduras

HON

 

Hong Kong

HKG

only with „Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” passport

Israel

ISR

 

Japan

JPN

 

Kiribati

KIR

 

Macao

MAC

only with a "Regio Administrativa Especial de Macau" passport

Malaysia

MAS

 

Marshall-islands

MHL

 

Mauritius

MRI

 

Countries
Do Not Need Visa

Code

Note

Mexico

MEX

 

Micronesia

FSM

 

Moldova

MDA

with biometric passport only

Monaco

MON

 

Montenegro

MNE

with biometric passport only

New-Zealand

NZL

 

Nicaragua

NCA

 

North Macedonia

MKD

with biometric passport only

Panama

PAN

 

Paraguay

PAR

 

Palau

PLW

 

Peru

PER

 

Saint Kitts and Nevis

SKN

 

Saint Lucia

LCA

 

Saint Vincent and Grenadine-islands

VIN

 

Solomon-islands

SOL

 

Salvador

ESA

 

San Marino

SMR

 

Seychelles

SEY

 

(South) Korea

KOR

 

Samoa

SAM

 

Serbia

SRB

with biometric passport only - with the exception of the passports issued by the Coordination Directorate

Singapore

SGP

 

Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

TPE

the exemption from the visa requirement applies only to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number

Tonga

TGA

 

Trinidad and Tobago

TTO

 

Tuvalu

TUV

 

Ukraine

UKR

with biometric passport only

United Arab Emirates

UAE

 

United States of America

USA

 

Uruguay

URU

 

Vatican

-

-

Vanuatu

VAN

 

Venezuela

VEN