Schengen Visa Information

 

List of travel documents which entitle the holder to cross the external borders of the Schengen Area and which may be endorsed with a visa can be found on the following website at the:

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/index_en.htm

Please note that visa is only a prerequisite for entering the country. However, 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.

For general information on Schengen Visa Policy please visit the following website:

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/index_en.htm

For general information on travelling to Hungary please visit the following websites:

Hungarian: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/utazas-magyarorszagra

English: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/en

The application form can be downloaded from this website:http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/download/4/1f/20000/vizumkerelem_en2012.pdf

 

General information

Hungary is a member of the Schengen Area, therefore if you have a valid Schengen visa (i.e. you have not surpassed the validity date, the number of days and the number of entries permitted) then you can use it to travel to Hungary as well.

We would strongly recommend you to apply for a visa as early as possible but not more than 3 months before the date of your actual journey.

In accordance with Article 9 of the Community Code on Visas (810/2009 Regulation of the Council and the Parliament) the application should be lodged at least 15 days before the intended travel. If an applicant fails this time due to the point II.3.3.1 of the C(2010) 1620 decision of the European Committee published on 19th March 2010 it is his/her responsibility. Therefore the Consulate cannot take any responsible for applications submitted less than 15 days before this date and the Consulate reserves the right to send back such applications without making any decisions on them.

Please note that in certain cases the visa procedure could take up to 60 days (in accordance with Article 23 of the Visa Code).

 

Where to apply for a Schengen visa to Hungary

If you want to visit one 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 where you intend to stay for the longest period of time. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but no main destination can be determined you should apply at the Consulate of the Schengen country whose external border you will cross in order to enter the territory of the Schengen Area. Applicants are advised to book an appointment to submit an application. Appointments can be booked on consulate.mnl@mfa.gov.hu or on 816 7383. Please send the picture page of your passport, and the planned itinerary as well as the invitation letter of your Hungarian sponsor (if any).  The Consulate will e-mail the confirmation of your appointment within 2 days. You have to appear in person at the Consulate in the confirmed time or indicate your inability to come at least 2 days before.

As per the increased interest of applicants, we can only book you approx. 2-3 weeks from the date of your e-mail request.

The Consular Office is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00. You may call us on telephone number (+63 2) 816 7383 outside of our above mentioned business hours to receive further information.

In accordance with article 23 of 810/2009/EC regulation (Visa Code) applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application. However, this period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed. Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

 

Visa fees

Visa fee is currently 3506 pesos paid at any BDO Bank branch in the Philippines. Transfers from other banks, or from abroad often result the deduction of bank fees from this sum. Please note the Consulate can only process your application if the EXACT sum arrives to our bank account - no more/no less. After initializing your case the consular system will assign a case number which has to be marked on the bank payment slip together with the name of the applicant as appears in the passport (ie. 2017VIS067 John Smith). Please make sure that the bank clerk inserts these data into the system as without these data the consular system will not be able to find the payment hence it cannot process the application.

Visas are issued free of charge for the following applicants:

- children under the age of 6 travelling with their own passports,

- family members of EU/EEA citizens either travelling together with their EU/EEA national family members or travelling in order to meet their EU/EEA national family members (national marriage certificate is required ie. Hungarian for Hungarian spouses, Germany for German spouses)

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

- representatives of non-profit organizations under the age of 25 participating and attending seminars, conferences, sport, cultural or educational events organized and held by NGOs,

- students awarded with Hungarian state scholarship.

reduced fee applies to the following applicants:

- nationals of countries having a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cape Verde and Moldova.

- children between the age of 6 and 12 years.

Please note that in case of refusal the fee will NOT be reimbursed!

 

Supporting documents to be presented by visa applicants

- passport containing at least two blank pages, issued within 10 years before the submission of the visa application and its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area,

- a valid 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,

- a wholly and legibly completed and signed visa application form ,

- 1 passport-size color photo (not older than 6 months),

- travel medical insurance valid throughout the territory of the Schengen area and covering the entire period of the applicant’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be €30,000 for medical expenses (PH Insurance Companies),

- documents indicating the itinerary and the purpose of the journey,

- documents in relation to accommodation or proof of sufficient means to cover the costs of accommodation,

- proof of sufficient means of subsistence (own or sponsor's  recent bank account statements, payslips etc),

- confirmed roundtrip ticket RESERVATION (we strongly advise against buying the ticket before granting the visa!).

The applicant shall present the original, as well as the copy of the documents when submitting the application!

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, as well depending on the main purpose of travel, the length of the intended stay and the personal circumstances of the applicant.

 

Visa refusal

In case of refusal a new application may be submitted at any time and the visa fee has to be paid again. If the visa is refused, annulled or revoked, applicants have the right to appeal. 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 (that 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 1753 pesos which should be paid when 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

Upon collection of the passport, applicants are advised to check the data and name printed on the visa!

In certain cases clients are given return control. This means that applicants upon return to the Philippines are requested to appear in person at the Consulate, 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 be vital information for the next time the applicant applies for visa at any Schengen consulate and may lead to a denial of visa. 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:

-     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;

-     you will have to cover your repatriation cost, if you are not able to do that, the travel agent will pay it.

Extending the visa is only possible before the expiration of it and only in very limited cases (plane delay, hospitalization, natural disaster, war).

 

Important Philippines rules and regulations

We would also like to call the attention of visa applicants and their Hungarian 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