Basic rules for the issuance of Schengen visas


1.) Airport transit visa (A): Authorize the bearer to enter the international zone of the airport and to remain there until the time of the departure of the flight to the destination country.

Only nationals of the following states are obliged to apply for an airport transit visa:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

2.) Short stay uniform visa (C): Authorize the bearer for a single, double or multiple entries. In case of an uninterrupted stay, a stay of maximum 90 days. While in case of an interrupted stay, a stay of altogether maximum 90 days within the period of 180 days counted from the date of first entry.

The Visa application is admissible only if­:

a) the application is lodged within the period of six months from the intended visit.

b) the applicant  presents a wholly and legibly completed, signed application form

The application form could be downloaded: .

c) the applicant shall present a valid travel document satisfying the following criteria:

- it shall contain at least two blank pages

- it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years

- its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the member States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States; d) the applicant shall present passport-size colour photo (not older than 6 months);

- biometric data have been collected (if applicable)

- visa fee has been collected.



Please be informed that the Tables on the recognition of travel documents by Hungary published on the website of the Council of the European Union, under the link:

When applying for a short stay uniform visa (Schengen C-type), the purpose of the entry can be certified with the following documents:

• Tourist visit: the certificate of the travel agency or in the case of an individual visit a prepaid reservation of accommodation and a valid flight ticket.

• Educational or other scientific or professional training purpose: the certificate of the receiving institution, the certificate of the envisaged place of accommodation in Hungary

• Visiting friends and acquaintances: a letter of invitation in the form of a public notarial document and a photocopy of the personal identification document/passport of the inviting party in Hungary.

• Cultivation of family relations: an invitation letter as described in the previous indent or a letter signed by the applicant in full awareness of his/her criminal liability describing the degree of the family relation, giving the name, address and phone number of the family member and the purpose of the entry and stay.

• Business purposes: In a case of existing business, collaborate in Hungary. A letter of invitation from the business partner, proof of the existence of commercial business relations or the certificate of the local chamber of commerce on the existence of business relations and the certification of the address of the envisaged place of accommodation in Hungary.

• Medical treatment: the certificate of the receiving health institution, including reference to the fact that the expected coverage of the medical treatment is available, and other certification of the coverage of the medical treatment, as well as the certification of the address of the expected place of accommodation in Hungary.

• In the case of carriers: the certification or request of the carrier firm.

• Visiting the grave of a deceased relative buried in Hungary: a document certifying the existence of the grave and the degree of relationship.

• Cultural activities: accreditation proving the participation in the sports event or contract with the Hungarian sport club, or the certificate issued by the delegating sport club / Olympic committee / Ministry of Sport, etc.

• Sport activities: agency contract with the Hungarian service provider, invitation letter issued by the host organization.

• Conference and Seminars: invitation letter issued by the host organization, confirmation on participation issued by the host organization, and/or a certification issued by the delegating organization; receipt on payment of the registration fee

In every purpose should be submitted proof of sufficient financial means for the duration of the intended stay such as: bank account statements of all account up to 6 months

The above-mentioned enumeration of supporting documents is a non-exhaustive list.

The list of the supporting documents is defined by the consul following the local conditions and circumstances; it is changeable at any time. (The list of the required supporting documents in New Delhi.)

Consul may request for the presentation of further documents or certificates in addition to the ones already attached to the application. According to law decision upon the visa, application must not exceed 15 calendar days. In individual case, the period may extend up to the maximum of 45 calendar days.


The conditions for the refusal of visa application:

• false, counterfeit or forged travel document.

• unable to prove the purpose and conditions of the intended stay.

• does not certify, that he/she has sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay, and for the return to his/her country of origin or residence.

• has exceeded the maximum duration of authorized stay within the same 6 months period in the territory of the Member States.

• is a person for whom an alert has been issued in the Schengen Information System (SIS)  refusing entry.

• is considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security or public health, international relations of any of the Member States, in particular where alert has been issued in Member States national databases for the purpose of refusing entry on the same ground.

• is not in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance where applicable.

Furthermore in case:

• Information submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable.

• Applicant’s intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained.

• Sufficient proof that the applicant has not been in a position to apply for a visa in advance justifying application for a visa at the border was not provided.

The consul using the established refusal form notifies the reason for refusal. Notification on the reason for refusal can be obtained at the consulate only by the applicant in person. In case of refusal, the consulate will not reimburse the visa fee.

Long term visa:

Important information:

For information on long-term “visa” (residence permit) types and requirements, kindly visit the site of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing of Hungary:

Please be advised that during the time of the assessment Consular Section will not answer any form of enquiry regarding state or outcome of the procedure.

A visa is only a preliminary permission for entry, which does not authorize its bearer automatically to enter the country. The traveller may be requested to provide proof of the existence of the conditions of his/her entry and stay in Hungary and, if he/she is not able to fulfil this, he/she may be returned from the border