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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.

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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.

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CONTACT DETAILS OF REGIONAL OFFICES

-Appointments can be booked online!-

Branch Office V. 

Address: 1075 Budapest, district 7, Károly krt. 11. (near Deák square)
Tel.: +36 1 3 233 189
How to get there: Customer service at Deák Square (underground: 1, 2, 3, tram: 47, 49)

Office hours:
Monday 08.30 - 13.00
Tuesday 13.00 - 18.00
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday 08.30 - 13.00
Friday 08.30- 12.00

Other regional offices

Updated in August 2014.

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.

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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.
    Reservations can be made in person at the AirportShuttle-Minibus Desks or at least 12 hours before your flight departure via online reservation system www.airportshuttle.hu, through travel agencies or by calling the Call Center by dialing the number (+36-1) 296-8555.
  • Public airport bus  
    From 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., bus number 200E commutes between Terminal 2 and the Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal (metro line M3), via the Ferihegy train station(trains to the Nyugati railway station in Budapest). 
    From the Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal, passengers can take the M3 metro towards Újpest Központ to reach the city center. It is possible to change to metro lines M1 and M2 at the Deák Ferenc tér stop in the inner city.
    From 11:00 p.m.to 4:00 a.m., night bus number 900 operates between Budapest Airport Terminal 2 and the South Pest bus garage. At the Szarvas csárda tér stop, it is possible to change to night buses 950 and 950A, operating to the inner city. 
    Tickets for public transportation priced 350 HUF are available during the daytime at the airport from the post office, the newsagents (Relay) and from ticket machines at the bus stop. It is also possible to purchase a ticket from the bus driver for 450 HUF.
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  • 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: mav-start.hu
  • Taxi
    From 1 September 2013 a new Taxi Decree was introduced in Hungary regulating the price* of the taxis at a fixed tariff of 280 HUF/Km (0.95 EUR/Km) in addition to the one-off basic fee of 450 HUF (1.50 EUR) and waiting fee. A ride to the city center should typically cost around 6500 HUF (22 EUR) depending on traffic conditions.
    Please be aware of exposing yourself at risk by using non-regulated taxi service providers soliciting at the terminal buildings.
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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.

Both buildings can be approached by the blue metro line (M3) both from Ferenciek tere and Kálvin tér, by buses No. 7, 9, 15 and 78 and by trams No. 47 and 49.

The Faculty's dormitory is appr. 10-15 minutes from the Faculty itself. The address is: XI. district, Ménesi út 12. It is close to Móricz Zsigmond körtér that can be approached by buses No. 7, 7A, 173 and trams No. 6, 18, 47, 49, 61.