Hungary’s geography is defined by its two main waterways, the Danube and the Tisza. Imagine a sea where the sunset paints a glowing golden bridge onto the water, and Balaton – central Europe’s largest lake – has exactly that.

Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is the country’s largest and most-populated city. Its colourful architecture and centuries of history have created its intriguing mix of styles.

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Some are well-known landmarks, such as the Chain Bridge, the oldest of its kind in the city, or the parliament building, the third-biggest national assembly building in the world. But there is so much more here that visitors will find plenty to make lasting memories.

The ‘WOW Hungary’ brand – short for ‘Wellspring of Wonders Hungary’ – focuses on areas outside the capital, while the ‘Budapest, Spice of Europe’ brand introduces the capital city of Budapest to visitors.

Can British travellers go to Hungary?

Hungary is currently on the UK’s amber list, which means those arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 10 days. All travellers from amber list countries must book PCR tests to take on day two and day eight after arriving in the UK.

Those arriving into England may qualify for the test to release scheme, which will end the 10-day quarantine period early in the event of a negative test on day five. Travellers will still need to take their last PCR test on day eight.

The government currently advises against leisure travel to amber list destinations.

Hungary’s borders are closed to most foreign visitors. UK visitors are only permitted to enter if they hold a permanent residence permit, or a permit allowing them to stay in Hungary for at least 90 days, and can present their documents to the authorities at the border.

UK nationals travelling with a family member who is a Hungarian citizen or resident should also be allowed entry. There are also other limited exceptions.

For the latest information, please visit one of the following sites:

wowhungary.com
spiceofeurope.com
abouthungary.hu
konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/en

How can British travellers fly to Hungary?

The following routes are in operation but please check the latest schedules with the airline:

  • British Airways – Heathrow.
  • Ryanair – Stansted, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, East Midlands.
  • Wizz Air – Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Luton, Gatwick.
  • easyJet – Gatwick, Manchester.
  • Jet2 – Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds Bradford.

Budapest Airport is doing everything it can to ensure the airport remains a safe place for passengers, crew and staff members alike. However, this requires an extra level of care and caution from passengers entering the airport.

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For a detailed list of the regulations, click here.

Airport shops, cafes and restaurants are being reopened for passengers wherever this is permitted.

All staff members wear face masks when serving passengers, and the premises are regularly and frequently disinfected.

What safety measures can travellers expect when visiting Hungary?

All shops, restaurants, museums, zoos and amenities have reopened in Hungary. It’s still vital for everyone to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres and cover their faces in shops, on public transport and in taxis in Hungary.

You can travel safely in Hungary by car, by train and by bus due to the comprehensive health safety measures of the Hungarian Tourism Agency, the MOL Group, the Hungarian State Railways and the Volánbusz bus company.

Visitors who experience symptoms of Covid-19 while in Hungary must report to a GP’s surgery in the place where they are living or staying or, if symptoms are severe, call the Hungarian National Ambulance Service (dial 112).

Those who experience symptoms of Covid-19 while staying at a hotel in Hungary are kindly asked to inform the hotel’s receptionist, who will will help them with contacting medical services.

Last updated June 10, 2021