Visa and customs information
Hungary joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. Since that date Hungary has adopted the customs regulation of the European Union.
Detailed information about travel documents and customs can be found in this booklet published by the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary, providing useful information for tourists travelling within the European Union or travelling from a non-EU country (third country) to any Member State of the European Union.
For further information about the custom procedures, please consult the homepage of the Hungarian customs authority.
Hungary is part of the Schengen Area of 25 European countries.
For non-Schengen EU, USA and Canadian citizens a valid passport is sufficient to enter Hungary. Citizens of other countries should check whether they need a visa to enter Hungary.
(For more information please visit the home page of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Hungary).
On request, the Organizing Committee will issue invitation letters for visa applications.
Please apply in due time for a visa if necessary. Please indicate during the registration if you need a personal invitation to attend the meeting.
It is important to note that a visa is only a preliminary permission for entry, which does not authorise its bearer automatically to enter the country.
The electricity is 230 V, 50 Hz. Japanese, UK, USA and other visitors: please note that in Hungary there are Continental European German-style CEE7/4 sockets (“Schuko sockets“).
Foreign exchange, banking facilities
The official national Hungarian currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). All the major credit cards are accepted in Hungary in places displaying the emblem at the entrance.
Though Hungary is a member of the European Union, only a few shops and restaurants accept Euros (EUR) for payment.
Currency exchange booths are available in Budapest at the airport terminals, railway stations, travel agencies, banks and various places in the city.
The exchange rates applied may vary.
Click here to see the actual official exchange rates.
Traveller’s cheques and convertible currency may be exchanged at these facilities.
Major credit cards are usually accepted in most hotels, restaurants and certain shops in the city.
Obtaining cash with the use of bank or credit cards is very easy from ATM cash machines that can be found at almost every bank office, hotel or on the street.
Liability and insurance
The organizers cannot accept liability for any personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons that may occur during the meeting.
Participants are advised to make their own arrangements to obtain health, travel and property insurance before their departure to the event.
The international code for Hungary is 36, the area code for Győr is 96.
To call a number within Hungary, first dial 06.
To make an international call from Hungary, first dial 00, then the country code followed by the area code and the subscriber’s telephone number.
To call a (Hungarian) mobile phone, first dial 06, followed by the subscriber’s seven-digit number starting with 20-, 30- or 70-.
Hungary is in the Central European Time Zone.
From late March until late October, clocks are set at GMT + 2 hours.
Important phone numbers
(English is usually spoken at the emergency numbers listed below.In case English is not spoken, dial 112)
Fire brigade: 105
Central number for emergencies: 112
General enquiries: 197
Inland enquiries: 198
International enquiries: 199
Hungarian Automobile Club roadside assistance: 188