Stay safe in Hungary

Travel advice and emergency telephone numbers

Stay safe in Hungary

In case of an emergency, don't worry about insurance issues and head directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. Under Hungarian law, any health organization, public or private, is required to treat patients in an emergency situation regardless of their insurance status.

Information for EU citizens

Since June 1, 2004, EU nationals are being issued the European Health Insurance Card which simplifies the bureaucratic procedure when receiving medical assistance when travelling within the European Economic Area. The Card replaces forms E111 and E111B, E110, E128 and E119. In case of an emergency you can use this card in state hospitals.

Emergency and ambulance services are free of charge if immediate medical attention is required. The card however does not cover treatment for ongoing non-urgent illnesses, so comprehensive travel insurance is recommended.

Emergency telephone numbers (toll-free from any phone)

  • Ambulance: dial 104
  • Fire-brigade: dial 105
  • Police: dial 107

Food and water precautions

When visiting Hungary no precautions concerning food or water have to be taken. The country is famous for its mineral waters and spas, but you can freely drink tap water as well. (There are only few places where water is forbidden to drink, for example on the trains, but here you can buy bottled water in the dining car). After washing fruits or vegetables carefully you can eat them at once.


Before travelling to Hungary it is recommended to obtain the European Healthcare Card (which is accepted within the EEA and in Croatia and Switzerland as well) or simply take out travel insurance in your home country.


In Hungary there are no special regulations concerning vaccinations, but Hepatitis A and influenza vaccines are recommended for all travellers over one year of age.

Travel advice

Hungarian police puts out the following guidelines for travellers:

  • Always keep your passport, purse or wallet, mobile phone/s close to your body.
  • In case of getting out of your car do not leave any valuables and the key in the passenger compartment.
  • Your valuables should be kept in the boot.
  • Always lock the doors of the car when you leave it.
  • Always check your car’s condition before going on a longer journey.

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