Schengen Visa Information (valid for less than 90 day travels)

 

Philippine nationals need visa to enter into Hungary. Holders of Philippine diplomatic or service passports are exempted from obtaining visa to stay in Hungary for a maximum of 90 days. Important: other Schengen countries might not have such preferential treatment. Please check with the Consulates of all countries to be visited, including airport transfers!

Please note that visa is only a prerequisite for entering the country. Entry conditions may be checked at the border and you might be refused to enter the country even if you possess a valid visa in case you fail to comply with the entry conditions.

 

Client hours

The Visa section is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00. The Consulate is closed for public during national holidays of Hungary on 1 January, 15 March, Holy Friday and Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, August 20, October 23, November 1, December 24 to 31 December and during Filipino holidays.

 

Inquiry

Please send us an e-mail with your full name, nationality and your query and we will respond you within 48 hours. Alternatively you may call us on (+63 2) 816 7383. Please bear in mind that since we are just a 2 person Consulate, during client hours we might not be able to pick up the phone as we are handling clients.

 

Where to apply for a Schengen visa to Hungary

If you want to visit a Schengen country, you should apply for a visa at the Consulate of that country. If you wish to visit several Schengen countries, you should apply at the Consulate of the country of main destination (usually where you intend to stay for the longest). Attending a conference would constitute the main purpose of your journey, sidetrips are just add-ons. In case of equal number of days, you should apply at the Consulate of the country where you enter the Schengen area. 

 

Appointment

Visa applications are by appointment only, no walk in! Due to the large number of applicants, you should request an appointment at least 3 months before your travel by sending an e-mail with your full name, nationality, passport expiry date, purpose of travel, countries to be visited and number of days in each country. We confirm the date in writing within 2 working days. If you need to cancel or modify your schedule, please notify us by e-mail 72-48 hours before to free up space. If you fail to do that, you will get to the end of the line.

 

Submission

Applications should be launched at the Consulate in person. The Consulate reserves the right to refuse applications submitted less than 15 days or more than 3 months before the date of the travel.

 

Visa fees

Visa fee is 3601 pesos in 2019 (+ 100 peso bank fee), paid at any BDO Bank branch in the Philippines AFTER launching your application with the case number provided by our system. Transfers from other banks, or from abroad often result the deduction of bank fees from this sum preventing our system to recognize your payment delaying the processing your application. Please note the Consulate can only process your application if the EXACT sum arrives to our bank account - no more/no less. Once you paid the visa fee NO REFUND is possible except if we provided wrong payment instruction. Please note that in case of withdrawal or refusal the fee will NOT be reimbursed!

 

Free visa

- researchers having a valid contract with a research institution in Hungary,

- nationals of countries having a visa free agreement with the European Union

- children under the age of 6,

- family members of EU/EEA citizens either travelling together with or to meet their EU/EEA national family members (national marriage or birth certificate is required from the given EU/EEA country)

As of 2019 January 1, family members of Hungarian citizens are no longer eligible for free visa!

 

reduced fee applies to the following applicants:

- nationals of countries having an agreement with the European Union,

- children between the age of 6 and 12 years.

 

Processing time

General processing time is 15 days from the day when all the requested documents are submitted. This period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 or exceptionally 60 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed. You will be notified on the decision by e-mail or if any further information is needed.

 

Documents

The original, as well as the copy of those documents which the applicant requests back, shall be submitted. Checklist:

  • properly filled out and duly signed visa application form,
  • letter describing the purpose of your travel, intentions, special circumstances, requests, conditions, pick up etc.
  • machine readable passport containing at least two blank pages, issued within 10 years before the submission of the visa application. The validity of the passport shall be at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area,
  • a proof of stay in the Philippines in case of non-Philippine applicants, valid  at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area,
  • 1 passport-size color photo (not older than 6 months),
  • Schengen travel medical insurance. The policy should clearly state: name of the applicant, valid for all Schengen states the entire period of the intended stay, minimum coverage of €30,000 for medical expenses (PH Insurance Companies), please note that the policy cannot limit the coverage of medical expenses based on your age resulting in a coverage below this minimum coverage. Failure to provide adequate travel medical insurance will result in refusal of your visa application.
  • documents indicating the detailed itinerary and the purpose of the journey (names of the countries to be visited and number of days in each country),
  • documents proving your visit related to business or a cultural or sporting event,
  • documents in relation to accommodation,
  • proof of sufficient means of subsistence (own and/or companies and/or sponsor's  3 month bank history, employer’s certificate indicating the starting date of employment, position, salary, permission for leave, payslips, tax return, etc),
  • company registration, tax return, company photo, googlemaps position
  • simple roundtrip ticket RESERVATION (we strongly advise against buying the ticket before granting the visa!).
  • if visiting relatives or friends please bring the original copy of the invitation letter issued by the Immigration Office of Hungary. The visa cannot be longer than the dates in the letter.

 

When you travel, make sure you take along copies of all the documents you submitted at the time of applying for your visa. At border checks you may still be asked to provide information or present documents related to your financial resources and the duration and purpose of your visit.

 

Please bear in mind that the consul may ask for additional documents anytime during the visa procedure and applicants may be called for a personal interview, depending on the main purpose of travel, the length of the intended stay and the personal circumstances of the applicant.

 

Visa refusal

If the visa is refused, annulled or revoked, applicants have the right to appeal. In case of refusal a new application may be submitted at any time and the visa fee has to be paid again. Appeals can be submitted in person either by the applicant or by the person who has a power of attorney from the applicant at the competent Hungarian Consulate (the one refused the visa application) 8 days within the date of receiving the decision on refusal and 3 days within the date of receiving the decision on the annulment or revocation of a visa. The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decides on the appeals within 15 days.

 

The appeal should be lodged in writing and it should be signed by the applicant. The appeal must be submitted in Hungarian or in any other official languages of the European Union. If the applicant lodges the appeal in another language he/she must submit an official translation thereof. The fee of the appeal procedure is 1801 pesos which should be paid at any BDO branch after submitting the appeal. The fee for the appeal procedure cannot be reimbursed, not even in case of a positive decision. Reduction of the fee is not possible and must be paid by all applicants (even if the visa procedure was free of charge). Further supporting documents may be submitted during the appeal procedure and the applicant can be called to the Consulate for a personal interview. The decision on the appeal may be subject to judicial review.

 

Getting your passport back

We will inform you by e-mail about the pick up time of your passport. Usually pick up time is Monday to Thursday 13:00 to 16:00 and Friday till 14:00. Upon collection of the passport, applicants are advised to check the data and name printed on the visa and in case of error inform the visa officer. Correction of any errors discovered after leaving the Consulate, will require new visa registration and payment of new visa fee. The applicant can authorize anyone to pick up the passport through a duly signed letter, which includes the personal data of the applicant and the authorized person. The copy of the ID of the applicant and the authorized person should be attached and the original version of this ID should be presented.

 

Visa validity

Please note that (unlike in the US) the validity of the visa will be 3 months shorter than the passport. When issuing a Schengen visa a gradual approach has to be observed. First time travellers will get one entry visa for shorter duration (2-4 weeks maximum) and might be subject to return control (see below). If a positive Schengen visa history can be estabilished, longer validity and multiple entry visa can be issued. Please note that the purpose of the journey will be printed on the visa sticker, therefore we advise against requesting a long term business or conference etc. visa if the subsequent journes are for leisure, as documentation for the purpose printed on the sticker might be requested by the border guard.

 

Return control

In certain cases clients are given return control. This means that applicants upon return to the Philippines are requested to present their airplane boarding tickets and passports showing an exit stamp from the Schengen area in accordance with the validity of their visa. Denying or failing to do so will send an automatic warning to the Immigration authorities of Hungary and to other Schengen countries resulting in deportation and banning from the Schengen area for 5 to 10 years. If your stay has been extended, you should inform the Consulate about this in writing to avoid complications with your return control.

 

Consequences of overstay

Hungary being part of the Schengen area has an enhanced responsibility in the protection of the security of all member states of this community. This entails that travelers should only go to places where they indicated in their application and should return after the expiry of their visas. The automatic consequences of not observing these simple rules are as follows:

  • deportation on your/your host’s/travel agent’s cost
  • the travel agent(s) who organized the trip will be banned for one year as a minimum;
  • you will not be able to travel to the Schengen zone for 5 to 10 years;
  • all Schengen consulates are informed about your case.

 

Extending the visa is only possible before the expiration of it and only in very limited cases (plane delay, hospitalization, natural disaster). The request shall be submitted to the Immigration Office in Hungary.

 

Family members of a European Union citizen

Family members of a national of a European Union Member State (NOT including Hungary!), Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland (referred hereafter as: European Economic Area – EEA citizens) are requested to provide evidence that:

(1) The applicant is a close family member of an EEA citizen who is visiting or returning to Hungary. Close family members are

  • spouse;
  • registered partner on the basis of the legislation of any EEA country, if the legislation of the host Member State treats registered partnership as equivalent to marriage;
  • the direct descendants who are under the age of 21 or are dependent as well as those of the spouse or partner as defined above; or
  • the dependent direct relatives in the ascending line and those of the spouse or partner as defined above.

(2) The applicant is actually traveling or joining with your close family member to his/her trip to Hungary.

 

Visa fee is waived for these applications. However, if the family status cannot be verified, the visa fee shall be collected before the processing of the application can continue. For the verification of the eligibility, the following documents shall be submitted during the launching of the application. Failure to do so cancels the eligibility for the preferential visa.

  • Copy of the passport or ID card of the EEA citizen who is your close family member;
  • Original copy of the certificate of marriage or partnership or birth certificate registered in an EEA country;
  • Your airplane ticket booking as well as that of the EEA citizen who is your close family member if you are traveling together to Hungary;
  • Original invitation letter issued by the Immigration Office of Hungary or in exceptional cases by Hungarian public notary.

 

Personal data

When processing your Schengen visa application, the Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS) are used (link). These are information systems developed to protect the Schengen Area, combat crime and circulate alerts about wanted or missing people. If you wish us to provide information about your application to your relatives, host or travel agency, please ask for the appropriate authorization form at the Consulate.

 

Important Philippines rules and regulations

We would also like to call the attention of visa applicants and their relatives, sponsors that Philippine nationals (in particular first travelers, newlyweds, fiancés travelling to marry and others) should strictly abide by the guidelines of the Philippine Immigration Authorities. These regulations are thoroughly observed on all outbound flights (including inspection at the airport, possession of necessary documents, Guidance and Counseling Certificate etc.) Upon the decision of the Airport Immigration Authorities, some passengers may be delayed or even banned from flying. Please read the following information carefully:

http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/News/2017_Jan/2017Jan19_HumanTrafficking.pdf

http://immigration.gov.ph/images/ImmigrationLaw/2017_Feb/13_LML-M-03-A12_001.pdf

http://immigration.gov.ph/images/ImmigrationLaw/2017_Feb/18_2015Jun15_IACAT_RevisedGuidelines.pdf