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Hungary

Hungary: At a glance

Capital: Budapest

Population: 9.8 million

Official language: Hungarian

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Hungary: Travel Health Information

Hungary is known for its natural landscapes and historical landmarks. Travellers can visit Balaton Lake, the largest lake in Central Europe or take in the medieval village of Hollóko. Visitors can also taste Hungary’s famous dessert wine - Tokaji - from the country’s Tokaj region.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Hungary may differ from your home country. Hungary has public and private healthcare systems. Doctors and nurses are trained to an international standard, but Hungary has a low number of physicians and nurses compared to the EU average, so wait times for care may be long. Hospitals and medical centres are widely available in urban areas, but access to quality care is limited in rural regions.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Hungary typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for highly complex emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Hungary.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are widely available in Hungary in most areas. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a local doctor and prescription drugs cannot be purchased without one. Pharmacists are trained and licensed. Many over-the-counter medications are available outside of pharmacies in gas stations, grocery stores, and convenience stores.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Hungary’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Hungary’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads and highways in Hungary are well maintained in urban areas, but road quality may differ by region. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers and are recommended for cyclists.



Hungary: At a glance

Capital: Budapest

Population: 9.8 million

Official language: Hungarian

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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