Visas

Updated November 9, 2021

New U.S. Travel Policy Begins November 8

A new U.S. travel policy takes effect on November 8, requiring all foreign nationals traveling to the United States to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

For complete details on this new policy, please check the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest is currently offering as many nonimmigrant visa appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. Because of the increased wait times, we encourage all applicants to apply early. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity allows.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant visa, including the MRV fee validity. If you have an urgent need to travel immediately, please contact the Visa Services call center at +36-1-701-2000, or email support-hungary@ustraveldocs.com.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to support-hungary@ustraveldocs.com.

Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:

  • Callers in Hungary: Call +36(1)7012000.
  • Callers in the United States: Call +1 703 520 2570.

Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-Hungary@ustravelhub.com. 

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.