Schengen Visas - Hungary

Embassy address:
Hungarian Embassy
Consulate Section
35B Eaton Place
London SW1X 8BY

Telephone: 020 7201 3440

Website: Embassy website

Do I need a visa to visit Hungary?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by visiting the Hungarian Embassy website.

How can I apply?

You must make an appointment first and complete an application form at the Hungarian VFS Centre.

You must apply through the VFS centre which is located at:

Visa Application Centre
66 Wilson Street,
London EC2A 2BT

To contact the VFS centre you can email info.schengen@vfshelpline.com or telephone 0871 376 2101. (Please note that calls are charged at 6 pence per minute in addition to your normal network charges).

Please note: It may take you several weeks to get an appointment at the centre, especially before the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. Therefore, you should be making your application at least 8-12 weeks before you intend to travel.

What documents do I need?
The University has a checklist to assist you in collecting the required documents, however for a full list of documentation required, you should visit the VFS website as requirements may change.

How do I get to the VFS Centre?
You will find information on how to get to the VFS Centre and a map. The nearest stations are Old Street Station, Moorgate Station, and Liverpool Street Station. Walking directions to the VFS Centre are provided on the VFS Contact Page.

Make sure you plan your route across London on a map before you go.

A map of the London Underground is available.

See www.megabus.com for cheap bus travel between Cardiff and London, www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm for National Express coaches to all destinations and www.thetrainline.com for trains between all stations.

See www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-hotels or www.hostelworld.com for cheap hotels and hostels. In London, you may also be able stay at The International Students House www.ish.org.uk/accommodation/. Contact them direct for details.

How long will it take?
When you have had your documents checked at your appointment, the Embassy official will retain your passport (and the copies of your documents) for a decision to be made. Your passport will then be posted back to you. If you have submitted a postal application then your visa would be returned at the same time as your documents. You can check the prospective time that you will have to wait on the website or by contacting the Embassy directly. Most embassies aim to return your passport within a few days but it can take a few weeks.

How can the Immigration & International Student Advice team help me with my Schengen visa?
The IISA team does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before sending/your appointment.

If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email international.advice@southwales.ac.uk stating which country you are applying to and the date of your appointment. Please note that this service is not guaranteed and is subject to staff availability and IISA commitments.

You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.