Any travel to the Schengen member countries with a stay of up to 90 days in any 180-day period requires a Schengen visa. In other words, travelers should not stay longer that maximum 90 days in any 180-day period in the Schengen area.

Attention! Visa is only a preliminary permission for entry, which does not automatically authorize its bearer to enter Hungary or other countries of the Schengen area. At the external border, travelers may be requested to provide proof of the existence of the conditions of entry and stay in Hungary and/or the Schengen area.


Which country is competent to issue the Schengen visa?

The Schengen visa application has to be submitted at the representation of the country which is competent for examining and deciding on it according to the main destination of the travel. The competent country will be

(a) the country whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit;

(b) if the visit includes more than one destination, or if several separate visits are to be carried out within a period of two months, the Member State whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length of stay, counted in days, or the purpose of stay; or

(c) if no main destination can be determined, the country whose external border the applicant intends to cross first in order to enter the territory of the Schengen Member States.


When to submit a visa application?

Applications should be submitted no more than six months before the start of the intended travel. Holders of a multiple-entry visa may lodge the application before the expiry of the visa valid for a period of at least six months.

As the processing of a visa application may take up to 15 days, travelers are advised to submit their applications not later than 15 days before the travel takes place.


How to obtain an appointment?

As of 16th August 2019, the VFS Global company, as an authorized external service provider receiving Schengen visa application on behalf of Hungary. After 16th August 2019, applications may be submitted at the following VFS Global Visa Centers:

  1. Beijing:           East 101, Floor B1,Block C, Guanghua Lu SOHO II, No. 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China,100020
  2. Changsha:      2F Xinyuan White Swan Hotel, No. 258 Xiangfu Road Middle, Tianxin District, Changsha, Hunan Province, 410000 China
  3. Chengdu:       Room 3202/3203, 32F, Tower A, Chengdu Maoye Plaza, No.19, Dongyu Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, 610000 China
  4. Fuzhou:          Floor 15, Fushengcaifu Centre, No.60 Gutian Road, Gulou District, Fuzhou, Fujian 350000 China
  5. Guangzhou:   Room 388, 3F, Chengjian Mansion,No.189 Tiyu Road(west), Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510620 China
  6. Hangzhou:      Room 904, Towel B, Huanglong Vanke Center, No.77 Xueyuan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310012 China
  7. Jinan:              5F China Citic Bank Square, No.150 Luoyuan Avenue, Lixia District, Jinan City, Shandong Province, 250011 China
  8. Kunming:       1501D, Building A, Low Carbon Business Center, No.12 Shibo Road, Kunming 650000 China
  9. Nanjing:         Room 409, 4th Floor, Building 8, Financial City, No. 373, Jiangdong Middle Road, Jianye District, Nanjing 210019 China
  10. Shanghai:       19F, Room AEF, No. 1188,Kaixuan North Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 200030 China
  11. Shenzhen:      Room 25F-11, West Zone, North Gate, GCIG Building, Fuhua 1 Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 518048 China
  12. Shenyang:      4/F, Building A, Fortune Plaza, No.61 Beizhan Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang 110013 China
  13. Wuhan:          Room1302, 13/F, China Merchants Bank Tower, No.518, Jianshe Avenue, Jianghan District, Wuhan  Hubei Province, 430022 China
  14. Xian:   Floor 3, Tongjian Pavilion, No.4, Consulate District, Xi 'an Chanba Avenue, Chanba Ecological District, Xi 'an City, Shaanxi Province, China

For more information on the application procedure in visa application centers, we invite you to visit the website of the VFS Global at:

ATTENTION! VFS Global company - our authorized external service provider - has currently suspended the acceptance of schengen visa application, thus it is only possible to apply for a schengen visa at our Consular Section. 

The submission of schengen visa applications is limited to certain type of special cases (LINK1, LINK2) at our consular section.


Basic application documents:

  • passport,
    • it should have been issued within the previous 10 years,
    • it should be valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen states;
    • it should contain at east two empty pages.
  • photo,
    • it should be a passport-size photo taken within the last 6 months
  • travel medical insurance,
    • its minimum coverage should be EUR 30.000;
    • it has to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with urgent medical treatment, repatriation for medical reasons or death;
    • it should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit.
  • application fee

A visa application is admissible only if the above documents are submitted no more than six months before the start of the planned travel and the fingerprints provided.

 Schengen visa for EEA national’s* family member



During the decision-making process, the Consul

  • consults in every case the entry ban list (SIS, or Schengen Information System)
  • inspects former visas issued the applicant
  • has to consult the competent authorities of the Schengen states, in particular cases
  • may consult the Office of Immigration and Asylum or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • may consult with foreign representations of other Schengen states
  • may request a personal interview with the applicant
  • may request further documents or certificates in addition to the already submitted ones

Decision on the visa application must not exceed 15 days (10 days where it is applicable under visa facilitation agreements). In specific cases, this period may be further extended up to 30 days and, in exceptional cases, up to 60 days.

Third countries whose nationals or specific categories of such third country nationals who are subject to prior consultation



The visa application will be refused

  1. if the applicant
  • presents false, counterfeit or forged travel document
  • does not prove the purpose and conditions of the intended stay
  • does not certify that he/she has sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the stay and for the return to his country of origin or residence
  • has reached or exceeded the maximum duration of authorized stay on the Schengen territory: 90 days in any 180-day period
  • is a person for whom an alert has been issued in the Schengen Information System (SIS) and his/her entry has to be refused
  • is not in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance, when applicable

+ when doubt arises concerning the validity and the content of the supporting documents, the reliability of the statements made by the applicant.

The reason for refusal is notified to the applicant on the established refusal form (the Hungarian format and its Chinese translation is available under the link). Information on the specific reason(s) of the refusal can be requested by the applicant directly from the Consulate. In case of refusal, the visa fee will not be reimbursed.


Appealing against a refusal

In case of refusal, a new visa application may be submitted any time but the visa fee has to be paid again.

Applicants have the right to appeal against a decision resulting in a refused visa application (or annulment or revocation of a visa). Appeals have to be submitted, within 8 days from the date when the refusal decision was received (3 days from the date when the annulment or revocation was received), personally at the Consulate by the applicant or by a person who has a power of attorney from the applicant.

The appeal should be submitted in writing, in Hungarian or in any official language of the European Union (e.g. English). If the applicant submits an appeal in another language (e.g. in Chinese), an official translation also has to be submitted with it.

With the appeal, further supporting documents may be submitted and the applicant may be called in for a personal interview.

The fee for the appeal procedure should be paid at the time of submitting the appeal. This fee cannot be reduced or reimbursed, not even for applicants who are otherwise waived from paying the visa application fee.

The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade decides on the appeal within 15 days (in 5 days on appeals against a refusal of the annulment or revocation of a visa). If the refusal is upheld in its decision, it may be subject to a judicial review initiated by the applicant.