The Electronic Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) has been introduced by certain European nations concerned with the safety of their citizens and visitors to their countries. This new system is a way to screen visitors for possible security risks using international security databases before their arrival in the European region. Beginning in 2021, Canadians, and citizens of 59 other countries, will be required to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver in order to visit countries in the Schengen area and some other European countries as well.
How Can Canadians Apply for ETIAS to Visit Hungary
The Canadian ETIAS Visa Waiver allows travelers to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver in order to travel to Hungary from Canada. The application process is quite simple and can be completed in under 20 minutes. Applicants are required to enter data such as their name, date of birth, country of citizenship, etc. along with their passport details. One section of the application requires the applicants to list information regarding their medical history, any criminal records they might have, and any immigration or travel history that might be relevant. The latter part of these questions is geared towards understanding if the applicant has been deported or rejected from entering an EU state before applying for the ETIAS waiver.
Applicants are expected to answer these questions truthfully as these applications are thoroughly checked against various international security databases. There is also a fee associated with completing the ETIAS visa waiver application that the applicant can pay using a valid online debit or credit card.
Before submitting the application, it is recommended that Canadian travelers review the information they have entered to make sure it is correct and matches the information shown on their passport.
Traveling from Canada to Hungary with the ETIAS authorization
ETIAS visa waiver applications can be processed within a matter of minutes if none of the security databases flag the application. Otherwise, it may take up to a few days or possibly longer depending on what sort of additional processing may be required on the application. Therefore, travelers should consider applying for their ETIAS visa waiver ahead of their time to avoid encountering any delays in their travel plans.
If the applicant is approved for the ETIAS visa waiver, they will receive their waiver via email. Travelers must print out this waiver and take it with them to the airport as it must be presented upon arrival in Hungary to Immigration/Border Officials.
Basic Information About Hungary
Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in 895. It is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordering Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Ukraine.
Hungarian is considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn. It has a total of 44 alphabets. It is unlike any other European language because of the unique origins amongst the Hun people of Central Asia and the Magyar tribe who established the country.
Hungary has 77 institutions for higher education. In addition to that, the country spends 5% of its GDP on education. As a result, the literacy rate in the country is 99%. The country has also produced 13 Nobel Prize Winners and a number of inventions that are known the world over, such as the Rubik’s cube, the BASIC programming language, etc. The oldest university in the country was founded here in 1397 called the University of Pecs.
The word ‘Hungary’ is the English version of the Latin word, “Hungaria”, which comes from the names of the Steppe people, (H)ungaria, Ungri, and Ugri who conquered the land in the ninth and tenth centuries.
Passport and Document Requirements
The EU requires that all Canadian travelers fulfill the following passport requirements before applying for the ETIAS visa waiver:
- A passport that will be valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of arrival in the EU member state
- Two blank pages on the passport for entry/exit stamps
- The passport used for traveling to the EU member state or the region must be the same as that which was used to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver since the ETIAS is non-transferable. The ETIAS visa waiver will not be valid otherwise
The ETIAS program allows Canadian travelers a stay of up to 90 days within the EU member states within a 180-day period. It also allows them multiple short-term entries into the region as well.
Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is a beautiful city made up of two parts, the Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube river. It is also home to about 1500 spas due to an extensive network of geothermal cave systems under the city. It can, therefore, be called the “Spa Capital of Europe”. Every day, 70 million liters of water rise to the surface of Budapest. Hungary also has over 1000 lakes within its borders, including the largest lake in Central Europe, the Balaton.
Health Information for Travelers to Hungary
The Hungarian healthcare system offers basic medical care at an affordable price to all its citizens. Canadian visitors in Hungary must ensure they have a good travel health insurance policy that can cover costs in case of medical emergencies while on their trip. Below is a list of emergency numbers for foreigners in Hungary:
Emergency phone numbers:
- Ambulance: 104 or 350-0388
- Police: 107
- Fire Department: 105
- 24-hour English speaker: 112
Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Hungary
Canadian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary
Ganz u. 12-142, 1027 Budapest, Hungary
TELEPHONE: (+36) (1) 392-3360
FAX: (+36) (1) 392-3390