Country Guide: Hungary

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Updated: August 24, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list
  • Bill of lading (BL) / express release  / air waybill (AWB)
  • Resident permit / work permit / registration card / Hungarian ID
  • Detailed inventory in English, dated, valued, signed by the owner of the goods
  • Proof of living abroad a minimum of 1 year outside the European Union (company confirmation, utility bills, etc.)
  • Bank guarantee, if applicable


Specific Information

  • Imported items cannot be sold or leased.
  • The shipment of used goods is duty free for non - citizens with a valid resident permit.
  • If the resident permit is valid for less than 1 year, a bank guarantee is required for the amount of the duty and other applicable shipment costs.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Purchase invoice (must show purchase price and date of purchase)


Specific Information

  • The duty rate on cars depends on the place of origin. 
    • The registration tax depends on the environmental class of the car plus a 27% value added tax.


Documents Required

  • Health certificate
  • Valid vaccination record


Specific Information

  • Pets must be identifiable through tattoo or an electronic identification system.
  • Pets may enter as checked baggage, as accompanied baggage, or as cargo.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Alcohol and spirits should be sent separately from the personal effects shipment and are subject to tax.
  • Medication
  • Hunting weapons (authorization from the Ministry of Interior is required)
  • The following household goods may be imported duty free within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), cigarillos (100), tobacco (500g)

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Pornography
  • Explosive materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.