The Schengen agreement was signed by Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in 1985 to enable people to travel freely within its member states. Since then, they have been joined by Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, as well as non-EU nations Norway and Iceland.
Hungary and 8 other countries became a part of the Schengen zone at the end of December 2007, expanding the zone to 24 countries. This means the cessation of border control between Hungary and Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia, and stricter border control and visa regulations on the new Schengen borders with Serbia, Croatia, Romania and the Ukraine. Hungary is now responsible for 15% of the borders of the zone in Eastern Europe.
Entry with personal ID card
Citizens of the following countries may enter the territory of Hungary with a personal identification card for a stay of maximum 90 days, provided the purpose of their visit is not to take up work or to conduct business-related activities: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland.
Entry with passport, but no visa required
Citizens of European countries (with the exception of Albania, Russia, Serbia-Montenegro, Turkey and the Ukraine) do not require a visa to enter Hungary. Citizens of the following countries outside Europe similarly do not require a visa: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay,
Salvador, Singapore, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela. For detailed information in English please visit www.mfa.gov.hu.