Security Message

U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations on July 8, 2017
July 7, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the following demonstrations are expected to take place in Budapest:

  • Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on July 8, the Rainbow Mission will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of supporting the LGBT Pride March. The Budapest Police anticipates there will be approximately 4000 people.  The demonstrators are expected to take the following route: Kossuth tér (district 5) – Alkotmány utca (disrict 5) – Bajcsy Zsilinszky út (district 5 and 6) – Nagymező utca (district 6) – Andrássy út (district 6) – Hősök tere (district 6 and 14).
  • Beginning at 2:00 p.m. on July 8, private individuals will be demonstrating with the purpose of protesting against the LGBT Pride March. The Budapest Police anticipates there will be approximately 100 people.  The demonstration will take place at Vértanúk tere (district 5, nearby Kossuth tér).
  • Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information about security in Hungary:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Hungary Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Hungary, located at 12 Szabadság Tér, Budapest 1054, at +36 1 475 4400, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +36 30 941 4295.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).