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Hungary Country Report

Overview

INTRODUCTION

The majority of trips to Hungary (population 9.9 million) are carried out under satisfactory conditions in regard to both security and comfort.

CRIME

Nevertheless, visitors should maintain a basic level of vigilance while in the country due to the fact that crime rates are relatively high. While violent crime remains rare, theft is common and could seriously inconvenience travelers.

Hungary is currently confronted by the threat of organized crime and mafias, which often target foreigners due to their presumed wealth, particularly in the capital Budapest. There has been an increase in the number of pickpockets, particularly on the train from Budapest to the Austrian capital of Vienna; be cautious and remain alert in train stations, at tourist areas, and on crowded buses, trams, and metros.

Travelers are advised to avoid all bars and restaurants on the Vaci Utca (street) as well as the following establishments: Aphrodite, The Black and White Club (on Galamb Utca), ClubDistrict VI, Muskatli Espresso, Nirvana/Lola Club (Grand Boulevard), Sweet Milk, Fortuna Varos Kozpont, Tropical Bar, Pigali Cabaret, Piccolo, Table Dance, Caligula, Bar Dolce Vita, Crazy Horse, Ecstasy Club, Showgirls Nightclub, Tiamo Nightclub, Torony Eatery, Capitan Jacks, and Zug-Love.

Break-ins and robberies are becoming more common, as is car-theft, especially in Budapest.

Hungarian authorities encourage visitors to report crimes via a multilingual telephone service (24 hours a day; phone number: 1-438-8080 between 08:00 and 20:00 (local time); 06-30-30-30-600 at all other times).

SOCIAL UNREST

While social risks remain relatively moderate throughout the country, demonstrations, which sometimes turn violent, often take place in Budapest, particularly near Parliament and Hosok Tere (Heroes’ Square).

POLITICS

Legislative elections will take place on April 8, 2018.

MIGRANT CRISIS

In 2015, the country became a transit point for hundreds of thousands of refugees traveling from Greece (arriving from the Middle East and Africa) through the Balkans to Hungary, on their way to other countries. In early September 2015, the Hungarian authorities closed the Budapest-Keleti station due to an influx of migrants trying to take trains to Austria; international rail services were discontinued for a week. Further border restrictions or closures could occur with little notice.

OTHER

Hungary is part of the European Union and the visa- and border checkpoint-free Schengen Area. It does not, however, use the euro as its national currency, and instead uses the Hungarian forint.

Climate

Hungary has a moderate continental climate.

Winters are harsh and snowy; summers are long and can become quite hot and thunderstorms are common. The country receives large amounts of rain in February and March.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +36 Police: 107 or 112 Tourist Police: 438 80 80 Fire Dept.: 105 or 112 Ambulance: 104 or 311 16 66 or 112

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V ~ 50 Hz

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