Hungarian passport
Front cover of a contemporary Hungarian biometric passport. The word in Hungarian for "Passport", "Útlevél", literally means "Road letter"
The data page of a contemporary Hungarian biometric passport
Issued by Hungary
First issuedAugust 29, 2006[1] (first biometric passport)
March 1, 2012[2] (current version)
Valid inAll countries (as per page 1[3])
EligibilityHungarian citizenship
Expiration10 years after issuance
Cost14000 HUF (10 years) / 7500 HUF (5 years) / 2500 HUF (1 year) / 2500 HUF (5 years, 12-18 years old) / 2500 HUF (5 years, 6-12 years old) / 2500 HUF (3 years, under 6 years old) + 19000 HUF (7 day service) / 29000 HUF (3 day service) / 39000 HUF (1 day service)[4]

Hungarian passports (Hungarian: Magyar útlevél) are issued to Hungarian citizens for international travel by The Central Data Processing, Registration and Election Office of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior. Every Hungarian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, besides the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland.


Ordinary passports issued to citizens valid for two, five, or ten years.

The five year passport is issued having in mind the following birthday of the applicant, while the ten year passport is issued having in mind the previous birthday of the applicant(For example,if an applicant who is born on the 29th of September 1990, and applies for a 5 year passport on the 1st of November 2021, the passport will be valid until the 29th of September 2027, while the 10 year passport will be valid until the 29th of September 2031.[5]

Foreign service
Seamen service

Physical appearance

As of 2023, regular Hungarian EU passports are burgundy red in colour (before a navy blue color was in use), with the Hungarian coat of arms emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words "útlevél" (passport, or more literally, Roadletter) inscribed below the coat of arms and "Európai Unió" (European Union), "Magyarország" (Hungary) above. The new biometric Hungarian passport has the standard biometric symbol at the bottom.

The visa pages have musical notes of the Szózat visible in UV light. The identity information page contains the title and the first eight lines of the National Anthem in the author's handwriting embossed.

Identity information page

The Hungarian passport includes the following data:

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone. This zone contains most of the above information, but readable by a computer through a camera. The names will have all letters converted to the range A-Z. Other letters marks like ´ are stripped.[6]


The data page/information page is printed in Hungarian, English and French; translation in all other official languages of the E.U. is present elsewhere in the passport.


Visa free travel

Visa requirements for Hungarian citizens
  Freedom of movement
  Visa free
  Visa issued upon arrival
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required prior to arrival

Main article: Visa requirements for Hungarian citizens

Visa requirements for Hungarian citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Hungary. As of 19 July 2023, Hungarian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 186 countries and territories, ranking the Hungarian passport 6th in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.[7]

Diplomatic passport visa requirements

  European Union (unlimited access)
  Visa on arrival
  Pre-arrival Internet registration required (ESTA, eVisitor)
  Visa required

A Hungarian ordinary passport, with visa-free access to all of the world's developed countries, is a very convenient travel document by international standards. However, it is not as handy as a Hungarian diplomatic passport, which has even fewer visa restrictions attached to it. Several countries offer visa-free access to holders of a Hungarian diplomatic passport, but not to ordinary passport holders. This is notably the case with China (since 1992),[8] Russia (since 2001).[9] and India (since 2003).[10] As of July 2009, Hungarian diplomats can enter all G8+5 countries without a visa.[11] The Hungarian diplomatic passport holds the distinction of being the only travel document in the world granting such visa-free entry to all G8+5 member states.[a]

See also


  1. ^ "Home".
  2. ^ "Home".
  3. ^ Hungarian passport ID page on PRADO
  4. ^ Útlevél
  5. ^ "Belügyminisztérium Nyilvántartások Vezetéséért Felelős Helyettes Államtitkárság".
  6. ^ "!Mediengruppe Bitnik | Random Darknet Shopper | Hungary HQ Passport Scan".
  7. ^ "The Henley Passport Index". Henley & Partners Holdings Ltd. 19 July 2023. Retrieved 19 July 2023. This graph shows the full Global Ranking of the 2023 Henley Passport Index. As the index uses dense ranking, in certain cases, a rank is shared by multiple countries because these countries all have the same level of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.
  8. ^ "Mutual Visa-free Agreement between China and Foreign Countries" (PDF). Travel China Guide. July 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  9. ^ "Russia, Hungary introduce visa free regime for diplomats" (pay-per-view). NewsBank. ITAR-TASS news agency. 2001-06-14. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  10. ^ "India, Hungary ink treaty for abolition of visas for diplomats" (pay-per-view). NewsBank. PTI news agency. 2003-11-04. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  11. ^ "Visa Waiver Agreements". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2010-01-27.