Hungarian passport

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Hungarian passport
Hungarian Passport Cover.jpg
Front cover of a contemporary Hungarian biometric passport. The word in Hungarian for "Passport", "Útlevél", literally means "Road letter"
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The data page of a contemporary Hungarian biometric passport
Date first issued August 29, 2006[1] (first biometric passport)
March 1, 2012[2] (current version)
Issued by  Hungary
Valid in All countries (as per page 1[3])
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Hungarian citizenship
Expiration 10 years after issuance
Cost 14000 HUF (10 years) / 7500 HUF (5 years) / 2500 HUF (1 year) / 2500 HUF (5 years, 12-18 years old) / 2500 HUF (5 years, 6-12 years old) / 2500 HUF (3 years, under 6 years old) + 19000 HUF (7 day service) / 29000 HUF (3 day service) / 39000 HUF (1 day service)[4]

Hungarian passports are issued to Hungarian citizens for international travel by The Central Data Processing, Registration and Election Office of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior. Every Hungarian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union and European Economic Area.


Ordinary passports issued to citizens valid for two, five, or ten years.
Foreign service
Seamen service

Physical appearance[edit]

As of 2013, regular Hungarian EU passports are burgundy red in colour (before a navy blue color was in use), with the Hungarian coat of arms emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words "útlevél" (passport, or more literally, Roadletter) inscribed below the coat of arms and "Európai Unió" (European Union), "Magyarország" (Hungary) above. The new biometric Hungarian passport has the standard biometric symbol at the bottom.

The visa pages have musical notes of the Szózat visible in UV light. The identity information page contains the title and the first eight lines of the National Anthem in the author's handwriting embossed.

Identity information page[edit]

The Hungarian passport includes the following data:

  • Photo of passport Holder
  • Type (P)
  • Code (HUN)
  • Passport No.
  • Surname (1)
  • Given Names (2)
  • Nationality (3)
  • Date of birth (4)
  • Sex (5)
  • Place of birth (6)
  • Date of issue (7)
  • Date of expiry (8)
  • Authority (9)
  • Holder's Signature (10)

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone. This zone contains most of the above information, but readable by a computer through a camera. The names will have all letters converted to the range A-Z. OE will be used for Ö and Ő, and UE will be used for Ü and Ű, and for other letters marks like ´ are stripped.[5]


The data page/information page is printed in Hungarian, English and French; translation in all other official languages of the E.U. is present elsewhere in the passport.


Visa free travel[edit]

Visa requirements for Hungarian citizens
  Freedom of movement
  Visa not required
  Visa on arrival
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required prior to arrival

Visa requirements for Hungarian citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Hungary. In 2017, Hungarian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 167 countries and territories, ranking the Hungarian passport 10th in the world according to the Visa Restricitions Index.

Diplomatic passport visa requirements[edit]

  European Union (unlimited access)
  Visa on arrival
  Pre-arrival Internet registration required (ESTA, eVisitor)
  Visa required

A Hungarian ordinary passport, with visa-free access to all of the world's developed countries, is a very convenient travel document by international standards. However, it is not as handy as a Hungarian diplomatic passport, which has even fewer visa restrictions attached to it. Several countries offer visa-free access to holders of a Hungarian diplomatic passport, but not to ordinary passport holders. This is notably the case with China (since 1992),[6] Russia (since 2001).[7] and India (since 2003).[8] As of July 2009, Hungarian diplomats can enter all G8+5 countries without a visa.[9] The Hungarian diplomatic passport holds the distinction of being the only travel document in the world granting such visa-free entry to all G8+5 member states.[a]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Hungarian passport ID page on PRADO
  4. ^ Útlevél
  6. ^ "Mutual Visa-free Agreement between China and Foreign Countries" (PDF). Travel China Guide. July 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  7. ^ "Russia, Hungary introduce visa free regime for diplomats" (pay-per-view). NewsBank. ITAR-TASS news agency. 2001-06-14. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  8. ^ "India, Hungary ink treaty for abolition of visas for diplomats" (pay-per-view). NewsBank. PTI news agency. 2003-11-04. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  9. ^ "Visa Waiver Agreements". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 

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