Hungary’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians
Would you like to experience living in Budapest, or elsewhere in Hungary? If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 30 years old, you can apply for a working holiday visa to live in Hungary for up to 12 months!
Following a cap increase on 1 July 2022, this visa is now available to up to 500 Australians per year. It allows Aussies to work in Hungary, study for up to four months and travel for up to 90 out of every 180 days within the rest of Europe’s Schengen Area. But you can’t work for more than six months for the same employer.
This page contains information about Hungary’s Work and Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 12 July 2022.
Key facts about Hungary
- Population: Approx. 9.7 million
- Official language: Hungarian
- Capital city: Budapest
- Largest cities: Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc, Szeged, Pécs
- Name of the country in Hungarian: Magyarország
- Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF)
Hungary Work and Holiday Visa requirements for Australians
In addition to Australians, Hungary offers working holiday visas to citizens of Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea & Taiwan.
The information on this page applies to Australian citizens. Please check with the Hungarian embassy in your country or the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing website for information applicable to citizens of other countries.
To apply for a Hungarian Work and Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:
- Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
- Have sufficient funds to support yourself in Hungary
- Have a return ticket to Hungary or enough money to buy one
- Have good health and meet Hungary’s character requirements
You cannot apply for this visa if you:
- Will be accompanied by dependent children
- Have already participated in the working holiday program in Hungary
See the full terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Hungary for more information.
Documents needed to apply for this visa
When applying for a Hungarian temporary residence permit (long-term visa D) under the Working Holiday Scheme as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Completed and printed Application for Temporary Residence Permit form
- Australian passport valid for your entire intended period of stay in Hungary
- Recent passport-sized photograph
- Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself in Hungary (e.g. bank statement/s, employer certificate, etc.)
- Return plane ticket to Hungary or proof of sufficient funds to buy one
The reciprocal working holiday agreement between Australia and Hungary does not appear to require that you have travel/health insurance to apply for this visa. However, travel insurance for Europe is still very highly recommended.
As of May 2022, the visa fee is AUD164 (this amount is subject to change). This fee can be paid by card.
You should also provide a prepaid, self-addressed B4 or B5 size registered post envelope for the delivery of your visa, unless you choose to return to the embassy to collect your documents in person.
See the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing website and the Embassy of Hungary in Canberra website for more information.
How to apply for a Hungarian Work and Holiday Visa
To participate in Hungary’s working holiday program, you would need to apply for a residence permit in Hungary (also known as a long-term visa or Visa D) on the basis Act XCVIII of 2016 (the Hungary-Australia working holiday agreement). This can be done in person at the Embassy of Hungary in Canberra.
Make an appointment with the Hungarian embassy in Canberra to submit your application. During your appointment, your biometric data (i.e. fingerprints) are also taken.
According to the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing website, it may also be possible to apply from another country or within Hungary if you are already there legally.
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