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VISA AND RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - extract 

Official information can be found on the homepage of Office of Immigration and Nationality.

All international students are responsible for informing themselves about official immigration information and complying with their obligations.

European Economic Area (EU, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland) citizens

1. If your stay does not exceed 90 days within 180 days

Citizens of the EEA (EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein and Switzerland) may enter the territory of the Republic of Hungary with a valid travel document or personal identification document and have the right of residence not exceeding 90 days within 180 days.

2. If your stay exceeds 90 days within 180 days you will need a "registration certificate”

EEA citizens are required to report their stay to the regional directorate competent on the basis of their future residence by supplying their personal data at the latest on the ninety-third day from entry. The applicant is required to appear before the acting authority in order to obtain the registration certificate. If the fulfillment of the conditions specified by law is proven, the certificate of reporting the stay (registration certificate) is issued by the acting authority immediately.

The following documents are required in order to obtain the registration certificate:

  • your valid passport or official ID;
  • wholly and legibly completed, signed application form: doc OR pdf
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or other all inclusive health insurance certificate;
  • a tenancy contract of the apartment  OR certificate about your accommodation in a dormitory - issued by the dormitory OR any other legal documents;
  • a certificate about your financial assets for the period of your stay in Hungary by recent bank account statement, OR certificate of your scholarship or any other resources OR a declaration that you have enough money for the duration of your stay OR any other legal documents;
  • revenue stamps worth 1,000 HUF (available at any post office, "illetékbélyeg" in Hungarian);
  • student registration certificate "Jogviszony igazolás" in Hungarian from the Erasmus Office / LL.M Office.

Source and more detailed information

Third country nationals (non-EU, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland)

1. If you need a visa to enter schengen states:

In order to be able to enter Hungary, you need to apply for a visa and a residence permit at the same time in your home country. In case of positive decision, you get a visa which entitles you to enter to the territory of schengen states. After your arrival in Hungary you must visit the Office of Immigration and Nationality to receive your residence permit. In case you need an Invitation Letter, please ask for it from the Erasmus Office / LL.M Office.

2. If you do not need a visa to enter to schengen states:

After your arrival in Hungary you must apply for a residence permit at the Office of Immigration and Nationality.

The following documents are required from all third country nationals:

  • your valid passport; 
  • 1 passport photo (without glasses or hat);
  • wholly and legibly completed, signed application form: doc OR pdf;
  • certificate of full health insurance (which covers daily hospital charges);
  • tenancy agreement of your rented apartment OR a certificate about your accommodation in a dormitory- issued by the dormitory  OR any other legal documents;
  • certificate about your financial assets for the period of your stay in Hungary by a recent bank account statement OR certificate of your scholarship or any other resources OR any other legal documents;
  • administrative service fee  of 18,000 HUF  -only if you did not pay 60 EUR yet in your home country (!);
  • student registration certificate "Jogviszony igazolás" in Hungarian from the Erasmus Office.

Source and more  detailed information (PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY!)

CONTACT DETAILS OF REGIONAL OFFICES

Branch Office V (Budapest)

Address: 1135 Budapest, District 13, 35-37 Szegedi út (Twin Office Building, Ground floor)
E-mail: bpkir5@bah.b-m.hu 
Web: www.bmbah.hu/
Phone: +36 1 463 9100

A short guide on how to book an appointment at the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing is available here.

Insurance 

During your study here you will need an insurance covering medical treatment expenses. First aid and emergency aid are free for foreigners, but you will be billed for any further treatment. It is advisable to obtain health insurance in your country. In case you arrange it in Hungary its monthly fee is prospectively HUF 15,000.

More information

How to get to Budapest 

By plane

Flights arrive at Budapest Airport (Liszt Ferenc International Airport)

Getting into the town:

  • Airport Minibus
    The transfer operates as a shared-ride service, which means that passengers travelling to /from the same/ closely situated address are escorted in the same vehicle. The travelling time is optimized and supervised by a GPS-based fleet-monitoring system, which is capable of displaying the actual position of all vehicles in real-time. Every vehicle is equipped with dual-air conditioning systems and free Wi-Fi hotspots for gratis internet access, further increasing the passenger comfort during the journey. 
    The service provides the transfer with a boarding capacity of 8 to 10, and 30 to 50 passengers. The AirportShuttle-Minibus Desks are to be found at every terminal (Terminal 1, Terminal 2A and 2B) and welcome the arriving guests to Hungary at the „Gates of the Country”. All Minibuses arrive to and depart from the Terminals’ Main Entrance.
    Details can be found here.
  • Public airport bus  
    In order to meet increasing travel demand to the airport and to adjust the timetable to early flight departures and arrivals, bus 100E linking Deák Ferenc tér in the city and the airport will start operating at 4:00 in the morning from Saturday, 3 July 2021. The shuttle bus will be running between 4:00 and 21:00 with a service frequency of 30 minutes. On the way to the airport, the bus only stops at Kálvin tér (additionally at Astoria at 4:02 and at 4:32 in the morning), while on the way to the city, passengers can get off at Kálvin tér and at Astoria stops as well. BKK will be monitoring travel demand along with flight schedules to be able to tailor the operating hours of bus line 100E.
    Special fares apply to the 100E service: the shuttle bus single ticket costs 900 HUF, and it is also available as a mobile ticket through convenient and contactless purchase in the different mobile ticket apps.
    All other information about line 100E is available at Airport shuttle (bkk.hu).
    Please check the full timetable here.
  • Train
    The closest train station to Budapest Airport Terminal 2 is Ferihegy, with trains operating to and from the Nyugati railway station in Budapest. Nearly 100 trains per day, including InterCity services, provide easy access to and from the city in less than half an hour, for a few hundred HUF.
    From the Ferihegy train station, Terminal 2 is accessible by bus number 200E during the daytime and with night bus number 900 at night time.
    Tickets
    Train tickets are not available for purchase at Terminal 2. However, trains operating between the Ferihegy train station and the Nyugati railway station may be used with Budapest travel cards, so the 24 and 72-hour, weekly and monthly travel passes for Budapest public transport available at the post office on the mezzanine level of Terminal 2A are also valid for these services.
    Hungarian state railway company MÁV operates a domestic ticket office at the Ferihegy train station every day from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition, train tickets can also be purchased from the ticket machines located on the platforms. Tickets for destinations not shown on the ticket machines and supplementary tickets for premium category trains are available from the conductor on board the trains, without a surcharge.
    Offer for departing passengers
    As a result of cooperation between MÁV and the Budapest Transport Center, passengers taking the train to the Ferihegy train station can purchase a discount bus ticket for their journey to Terminal 2. Discount bus tickets cost 300 HUF, and are only available together with the train ticket, from ticket offices at railway stations. Discount tickets are only valid between the bus stop next to the Ferihegytrain station and Budapest Airport Terminal 2, on bus number 200E (during the daytime) or night bus number 900 (at nighttime). For more information on train services in Hungary, please visit: mavcsoport.hu
  • Taxi
    Főtaxi, the taxi company with the longest traditions (founded 1913) in Hungary transports passengers between the terminals and Budapest. Főtaxi’s several hundred cars, trained and experienced colleagues ensure a safe basis to satisfy passengers’ needs at a high standard.
    Reservations can be made in person at the Főtaxi booths located at the exits of Terminals 2A and 2B. At the taxi ranks in front of the stands, taxis are continuously waiting for passengers.
    In Hungary, the taxi decree regulates the price* of taxis at a fixed tariff of 300 HUF/km (0.95 EUR/km), in addition to a one-off basic fee of 700 HUF (2.2 EUR) and a waiting fee. A ride to the city center should typically cost around 7200 HUF (26 EUR), depending on traffic conditions.
    Please be aware of potentially exposing yourself to risks by using other, non-contracted taxi service providers soliciting at the terminal buildings.
    More information

Airlines landing in and taking off from Budapest Airport

By train:

Budapest has three major train stations, and each has connections to the metro system as well as to other public transport. 

  • Keleti Train Station, VIII. Baross tér. To get to the town, you can take metro (M2 – red line) or bus No. 7 (to centrally located Ferenciek tere) - to find the metro station or the bus stop, follow the signs in the underpass. Left luggage, located beside track N°6, is open from 0-24 h. 
  • Nyugati Train Station, XIII. Nyugati tér. Here you can take the blue metro line (M3) to Deák tér or Ferenciek tere. To the right of the international ticket office is a corridor leading to the left luggage office, open 05:00 - 24:00, and the automatic left-luggage boxes are open from 0-24 h. 
  • Déli Train Station, XII. Magyar jakobinusok tere. The entrance to the metro station (M2 – red line) is down the stairs. Left luggage (open from 0-24 h) is located next to track N°1. 

By bus

'Stadionok' bus station:  XIV. Hungária krt. 48-52. Information: tel. (+36-1)485-2100. You can take red metro line (M2).

How to get to the University 

The Law Faculty has two buildings in the downtown close to each other.

  • Building 'A': Egyetem tér 1-3. There are all the departments, the Dean's Office, the PC Laboratory, the Library, auditoriums and lecture rooms.
  • Building 'B': Kecskeméti utca 10-12. There is the administrative staff of the faculty, including International Relations and Erasmus Office, the Student Union and lecture rooms as well.