The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for nationals of EU and EFTA countries. The EHIC regulates care and reimbursement of costs in the event of illness for EU and EFTA citizens. In the event of illness, EHIC holders contact a hospital, a polyclinic or a contract doctor (háziorvos) directly. Information on panel doctors and institutions can be obtained from the nearest regional office of the Health Insurance Fund (Orszagos Egeszegbiztositasi Penztar Megyei Penztara). The EHIC does not include repatriation after a serious illness or an accident abroad. Statutory health insurance companies are not allowed to offer this service. Only private travel insurance companies pay for return transport. It is therefore recommended that you take out health insurance abroad for the duration of your stay, which covers risks that are not covered by statutory health insurance companies. Pharmacies in the capital are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also 24-hour emergency pharmacies. Check directoryaah for more information.
The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Throughout the country and especially around Lake Balaton, there is a risk of transmission of borreliosis/Lyme disease from ticks from April to October, especially in grass, bushes and in the undergrowth. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is also transmitted nationwide by ticks. The northern parts of the country in the border area with Slovakia, in the region around Lake Balaton and the western Danube areas are particularly affected. Vaccination is possible. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. Rabies is very rare nationwide. Carriers include stray dogs and cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Isolated cases of Crimean-Congo fever (tick-borne) and West Nile fever (mosquito-borne) have been reported in the past. Protective measures such as long clothing in the evening hours and the quick removal of ticks should be observed. The viral disease West Nile fever is transmitted by infected mosquitoes in Hungary, especially in the summer months. There is no vaccination. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents.
For long-term stays, an in-country HIV test is required. In Hungary and in all other EU countries, in addition to the digital COVID-19 vaccination card (EU Digital COVID Certificate), proof of the COVID vaccination status with the vaccination card in paper form is also valid. Hungary accepts Swiss COVID certificate.
1 forint = 100 fillers. Currency code: Ft, HUF (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 20,000, 10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000 and 500 Ft. Coins are in denominations of HUF 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Some commemorative coins are also legal tender. Note: No date has yet been set for the introduction of the euro in Hungary.
JCB, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted in hotels and restaurants. You can withdraw cash in local currency with credit cards from ATMs and over 3,200 post offices. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.
Girocard With the Girocard (formerly EC card) such as the Maestro card, V Pay or Sparcard and PIN number, cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in the national currency throughout Europe. In many European countries it is also possible to pay with a debit card in shops. Cards with the Cirrus, V-Pay or Maestro symbol are accepted throughout Europe. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Traveller’s checks are accepted in banks and bureaux de change in the larger cities of Hungary on presentation of ID. However, not all traveler’s check cashing establishments accept traveller’s checks made out in euros.
Bank opening hours
Hungarian National Bank: Mon-Fri 10.30-14.00. Commercial banks: Mon-Thu 08.00-15.00, Fri 09.00-13.00. Banks in Hungary are closed on Saturdays.
Foreign exchange regulations
For travelers within and from outside the EU, there are no restrictions on the import or export of national and foreign currencies, but there is an obligation to declare funds from an equivalent value of €10,000 (in addition to cash, cash also includes travelers cheques, savings accounts, other currencies, to third parties checks drawn, the true value of precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum (gold coins containing at least 90 percent gold grade, uncoined gold in the form of bars, nuggets or nuggets containing at least 99.5 percent gold grade), precious stones (but not jewelry). )).
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at official exchange offices in hotels, banks, airports, railway stations, and in some travel agencies and restaurants. In the center of Budapest (5th district) and in the Castle District (1st district) many exchange offices are also open on weekends. Hotel receptions exchange money continuously, travel agencies exchange money during business hours. Outside the opening hours, there are ATMs and exchange machines available in the capital. One should keep all exchange receipts and not exchange money on the black market. Foreign currency may only be exchanged and exchange receipts must be kept until departure.
|Exchange rates (no guarantee)
|1 EUR = 312.09 Ft
1 CHF = 371.52 Ft
1 USD = 299.80 Ft