ESTA for Hungarian Citizens
Hungary joined the other countries in the Visa Waiver Program in 2008, along with a number of other countries joining that year. As part of the VWP, citizens of Hungary are able to use an ESTA for visits to the US instead of being required to apply for a US visa.
ESTA Requirements and Important Information
- For US visit of a maximum 90 days at a time
- Requires a biometric passport
- Business, tourism, medical and transit trips to US
- Valid for two years (or until passport expires)
- Required for travellers flying or sailing to US
- Use for multiple visits for US whilst valid
- All adults and children require individual ESTA
Benefits of Applying for ESTA for Hungarian Citizens
There are many great benefits for Hungarian citizens of using the ESTA, including the possibility of visiting the US multiple times using the same ESTA. When the ESTA is approved, it is valid for a period of two years, or until the passport expires. During that time, the ESTA holder can use their ESTA to visit the US as many times as they wish as long as they do not exceed the 90 day limit for a single stay.
The biggest difference between an ESTA and a US visa in terms of the application process is that the processing of the ESTA is much quicker. When you apply for a US visa, you must fill in a comprehensive DS-160 form and you are also required to visit the US Embassy to have an interview as part of the processing procedure. If you apply for an ESTA, it just involves a short online form that is submitted electronically and if approved, with be linked to your passport electronically and you will be notified via email.
Very often, the processing of the ESTA will take just a few hours, which is much shorter than applying for a visa, which can takes weeks or sometimes even months. There is also a considerably lower application fee for ESTA compared to visa.
How Hungarian Citizens Can Apply for ESTA
Citizens from Hungary are able to apply for ESTA using the short online form, answering a set of questions that will determine whether they are approved for the ESTA. The questions include personal information, passport details and medical questions and ones related to criminal activity including terrorism.
The ESTA application just needs to have a valid, biometric passport, an email address and a card to pay the application fee with. Once the form has been completed, it is really important to carefully check through the information provided, as any small mistake could lead to the ESTA being refused. If you need to re-apply for an ESTA then this could hold up your travel plans.
The Department of Homeland Security screens all ESTA applications to check for any risks that the applicant may pose to the US and its citizens. If any issues are presented, the application will be refused.
What to do if ESTA is Declined
An ESTA can get declined for several reasons, such as a genuine mistake on the application, or an issue with the eligibility for the ESTA. If the ESTA is refused, there is still a possibility of travelling to the US by applying for a US visa instead. To obtain a US visa, you will need to arrange an interview at the US Embassy in Hungary.
US Embassy Address in Hungary
U.S. Embassy Budapest
Szabadság tér 12
H-1054 Budapest, Hungary
Benefits of ESTA for Hungarian citizens:
- Can be used for multiple visit to US
- Fast to complete the application
- Covers tourism, business, medical or transit purposes
- Use a mobile or desktop to apply
- Speedy processing time
- Use for trips of up to 90 days