Visa application forms
Information on Schengen
For visa applications PRIOR APPOINTMENT needed by e-mail.
The Consular Office is open on Monday and Thursday 10am-1pm.
Address: Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, 250 North Bridge Road #29-01/A Raffles City Tower, Singapore 179101
Tel: +65 6883-0882
Fax: +65 6883-0177
Application forms can be downloaded from the following websites:
- Schengen visa application forms: website of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Application forms for residence permit: http://www.bmbah.hu/ (Administration –> Standard forms)
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Basic rules for the issuance of Schengen visas
Types of Schengen visas
Airport transit visa (A): authorizes 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, Sri Lanka.
Nationals of the above-mantioned countries are exempted from the requirement of an airport transit visa if they are
- holders of a valid uniform visa, national long-stay visa or residence permit issued by a Member State;
- holding valid residence permits issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America guaranteeing the holder's unconditional readmission;
- third-country nationals holding a valid visa for a Member State or for a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area of 2 May 1992, Canada, Japan or the United States of America, or when they return from those countries after having used the visa;
- family members of citizens of the European Union;
- holders of diplomatic passports;
- flight crew members who are nationals of a contracting Party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Uniform visa (C): authorizes the bearer to transit through or stay in the territory of the Member States for a duration of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of first entry in the territory of the Member States. "Uniform visa" means a visa valid for the entire territory of the Member States
Where to submit a visa application?
- The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa shall be:
- the Member State whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s),
- if the visit includes more than one destination, the Member State whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay, or
- if no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross in order to enter the territory of the Member States.
- The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa for the purpose of transit shall be:
- in the case of transit through only one Member State, the Member State concerned, or
- in the case of transit through several Member States, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross to start the transit.
- The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for an airport transit visa shall be:
- in the case of a single airport transit, the Member State on whose territory the transit airport is situated, or
- in the case of double or multiple airport transit, the Member State on whose territory the first transit airport is situated.
According to the Schengen rules, border posts do normally not issue visas.
Which of the Hungarian consulates is responsible for issuing a visa?
Once it has been established that a Hungarian consulate is responsible for issuing a Schengen visa, it has to be chosen which one of them. The general rule is that an application can be handed in to the consulate which is in the country
- where the applicant has a habitual residence
- whose citizen the applicant is
If there is no Hungarian consulate in the country where the applicant has his/her habitual residence the visa application can be handed in at any Hungarian consulate.
Who can submit a visa application?
- The applicant can submit personally his/her own or his/her family member’s visa application
- In case of organized tourist trips, a travel agency accredited by the Consulate may submit the visa application (currently there are no such accredited travel agencies at the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Singapore.)
The documents needed for visa applications
- a valid passport the validity of which has to exceed that of the requested visa by at least 3 months; the passport shall contain at least two blank pages and it shall have been issued within the previous ten years;
- 1 passport-size colour photo (not older than 6 months);
- a wholly and legibly completed, signed application form; (The application form may be acquired free of charge at the consulates or downloaded from the website of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.)
- a travel medical insurance (a travel insurance providing cover for at least 30.000 € for financing urgent health services and homeward transportation due to medical reasons, valid for the whole period of stay and for the territory of every Schengen State);
- a certificate proving lawful stay, if the applicant is not a citizen of the country where he/she hands in his application;
- documents indicating the purpose of the journey;
- besides meeting the above general requirements, the applicant shall also supply a certificate of the financial coverage of his/her expenses, and a certificate of the purpose of the visit.
- Application for an airport transit visa (A) or uniform visa (C): 60 EUR
- Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years: 35 EUR
- Children under six years: waived
- The visa fee shall be paid when the application is submitted.
- The consulate does not charge any further fees other than the above for issuing a visa.
- If the application for a visa is refused, the fee will not be reimbursed.
- The fee shall be paid in euros.
- Payment can be made in cash only.
When an application is admissible, the competent consulate shall stamp the applicant's travel document. This stamp, however, has no legal implications and cannot be the basis of any future claims by the applicant.
Applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed or in cases of representation where the authorities of the represented Member State are consulted.
Prior consultation of central authorities of other Member States
A Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of such nationals. Such consultation shall not apply to applications for airport transit visas. The central authorities consulted shall reply definitively within seven calendar days after being consulted. The length of this process shall be taken into consideration by the applicant. The current list of countries and categories of their nationals where such a consultation with another Member State is applicable is the following:
- D.R. Congo,
- Egypt (does not apply to holders of diplomatic and service passports),
- Kazakhstan (holders of service passports only),
- North Korea,
- Nepal (does not apply to holders of diplomatic and service passports),
- Philippines (does not apply to holders of diplomatic and service passports),
- Russian Federation (holders of service passports only),
- Saudi Arabia,
- Sri Lanka,
- Stateless Persons
The possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry and the holders of the visas are requested to present proof that fulfil the entry conditions at the external border. Visa holders should carry with them supporting documents to demonstrate that they fulfill the conditions of entry, so that they can present them if need be during the checks at the EU border.
Issuing Schengen visas on behalf of Estonia and Latvia and Czech Republic
Based on arrangements between Hungary and the three countries, the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Singapore has started issuing Schengen visas representing Estonia and Latvia with effect from 5 April 2010, and for Czech Republic with effect from 1st May 2013. Citizens of third countries who wish to travel to Estonia, Latvia or Czech Republic, can lodge their applications at our Embassy.
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Entry for long stay (exceeding 90 days)
Regulations on a stay exceeding 90 days fall within the competence of national authorities, therefore there is no uniform routine among the Schengen Member States. Foreign nationals requesting entry to Hungary with a purpose of a long stay may submit a residence permit application. In case of successful application, he/she will get a visa authorizing him/her to a single entry for receiving a residence permit and to stay for maximum 30 days in Hungary. The decision on the residence permit falls within the scope of the regional directorates of the Office for Immigration and Nationality (OIN). The application forms for resident permits can be downloaded from the OIN website (http://www.bmbah.hu/). Each application form also contains the list of the documents that need to be attached to the application.
- Valid passport (the validity of which has to exceed that of the requested visa by at least 3 months);
- 2 passport-size colour photos (not older than 6 months);
- a wholly and legibly completed, signed “residence permit” application form (can be downloaded from the website of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- supporting documents of the purpose of stay;
- supporting documents of the accommodation;
- supporting documents of the subsistence;
- a health insurance.
The fee for the residence permit application is EUR 60.
As a general rule, the regional directorate processes the application within 30 days. If the purpose of entry is study or research the directorates shall make a decision within 15 days. In case of refusal, the client may lodge an appeal within 5 days from the notification. The appeal shall be submitted directly to that regional directorate of the OIN that processed the application.