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Hungary

Hungary is a stable democracy with a market economy. Tourist facilities outside Budapest are widely available, if not as developed as those found in Western Europe. Visitors considering a trip are encouraged to read theEmbassy’sconsular website at http://budapest.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html. Please read the Department of State Background Notes on Hungary

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Hungary
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Budapest
Boundary Countries:

Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,Slovenia, Ukraine

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Buda Health Center, FirstMed Center, Telki Private Hospital

Main Cities:

Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc, Pecs, Sopron

Country Size: 93,030 sq km
Population: 10.032,375

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Hungarian

Currency: Forint (HUF)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 51.9%, Calvinist 15.9%, Lutheran 3%, Greek Catholic 2.6%, other Christian 1%, other or unspecified 11.1%, unaffiliated 14.5%

National Holidays: Saint Stephan's Day, 20 August
Economic Status:

Hungary is a stable democracy with a market economy. Hungary has made the transition from a centrally planned to a market economy, with a per capita income nearly two-thirds that of the EU-25 average. Hungary continues to demonstrate strong economic growth and acceded to the EU in May 2004.

Security:

Ground Forces, Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Lagiero,ML)

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy in Budapest
Szabadság tér 12
H-1054 Budapest
Hungary
Telephone: (36-1) 475-4400
Document Requirements:

A valid passport is required. Hungary is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter Hungary for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen Fact Sheet.

For further information concerning entry requirements and residency permits, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary at 3910 Shoemaker Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 362-6730. More information can be found on the Hungarian Embassy’s website, or by visiting the Hungarian Consulates in Los Angeles or New York.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information Sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  46, Airports w/paved runways:  20
Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (SOB/LHSM)
Budapest, Hungary, PO Box 53, H-1675 Budapest, HUNGARY
Tel: +36 (0)1 296-9696
Fax: +36 (0)1 296-6000
E-mail:
info@bud.hu
Website: wwww.bud.hu
Customs, hours: 08:00-15:00
Tel: +36 (0)1 157-9123, +39 (0)1 157-8021

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Risks and Precautions:

Beginning in September 2006, a small number of incidents have taken place in which demonstrators and police have clashed.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas in which public demonstrations are taking place. Hungary has a low rate of violent crime.  However, street crime occasionally involving violence has been reported, especially near major hotels and restaurants and on public transportation.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  8.68 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 72.25yrs  (male 68.07/female 76.69)

Immunization Indicators:

Required : None Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Boosters: tetanus-diptheria, Measles.

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Tickborne encephalitis occurs in the southern part of the nontropical forest belt in Europe and Asia (to Pacific Ocean). Most intense transmission has been reported in Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. Travelers are at risk who visit or work in forested areas during the summer months and who consume unpasteurized dairy products. Vaccine for this disease is not available in the United States at this time. A number of rickettsial infections also occur in this region. To prevent tickborne infections travelers should take precautions to prevent tick bites (see below). Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers (or in immigrants from the region) include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C (especially in Romania). Outbreaks of diphtheria have been reported in states of the former Soviet Union. There is a vaccine available to prevent diphtheria.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Medical treatment in Hungary is adequate, but hospital facilities and nursing support are not comparable to those in the United States.  Physicians are generally well trained, but there is a lack of adequate emergency services.  Some doctors, particularly in Budapest, speak English.  Doctors and hospitals usually expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 16
Referrals: 10
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Tickborne encephalitis, tuberculosis, Hep B & C.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code: +36 Internet Countryt code:hu

 



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