Hungary is a country of about 10 million people. It is situated in a
relatively flat basin to the east of the Alps. The Danube River
flows through it. Budapest is its capital
and largest city. Hungary is bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia , the Ukraine, Romania,
Serbia and Croatia. The country came into existence around 1,000 CE
but lost substantial lands after World War I. Hungary sided with
Germany in World War II and came under Soviet influence after that
war. In 1989 Hungary became a democratic republic.
Hungary participates in the Schengen
Zone and Schengen Visa requirements. That means there
are no border controls between members and no border inspections by
rail or vehicle when traveling from Hungary to Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia. Some countries that are not
members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe. More
than 40 countries outside the Schengen Zone do not require a visa.
Exemptions include citizens of Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United
States. Check the list of countries that do not require a visa at Hungary's
Consular Services site or search individual country status at VisaHQ.
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project
Hungary does not participate in the Euro, so be prepared to acquire and use the Forint (HUF).