Health care in Hungary covers every citizen and resident. That’s due to tax-funded healthcare system – Országos Egészségbiztosítási Pénztár (OEP). Treatment is free for children, pensioners, students, disabled people and priests, but only from doctors within the system. However, there is a fee of HUF 600 (£1.60) per visit and HUF 1 000 (£2.67) at night-time.
Országos Egészségbiztosítási Pénztár (OEP) Address: 1139 Budapest, Váci Street 73/a Tel: (1) 350 2001
If you receive a UK state retirement pension or long-term incapacity benefit, you may be entitled to state-funded healthcare paid for by the UK. You’ll need to apply for form S1 from the International Pension Centre (telephone: 0191 218 7777). You need to register your S1 with the Hungarian OEP – this entitles you to an EHIC issued by the UK which allows access to medical care in other EEA countries – including Britain. (more…)
One of the unique features of social life in Hungary is experiencing one of the most unique languages in Europe. The language for Hungary is Hungarian, spoken by the vast majority, although there are about 15 languages spoken, including Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese. The Hungarian language is unlike any of the country’s neighbouring languages and is only distantly related to Finnish and Estonian. It is not part of the Indo-European family of languages. The Latin alphabet is used, and there are 41 alphabet letters and groups, where certain letters come together and are considered as one.
Many people do speak English over there, especially the younger generation who are taught it in school. Budapest is a tourist centre and English is quite widely spoken, but it is only polite to learn a few phrases, and the alphabet is difficult to make sense of if you speak none. Signposts and direction are written in Hungarian. (more…)
Public transport in Hungary is both efficient and not too expensive. There are trolley buses and trams as well as buses in some cities and a three line metro in Budapest. Outside of Budapest you will find that buses tend to meet long distance trains, and may not be very frequent in the town itself – but the towns are small enough to go by foot.
You need to buy your tickets before entering the vehicle and validate them once aboard, there are immediate fines for failing to do so. In Budapest there is a ride sharing service – Volanbusz – you have to pay a fee. This service, and buses, are a great alternative to trains, as you may otherwise have to make several changes if travelling by train. (more…)
The cost of living in Hungary may vary. For instance rents in Esztergom for one bedroom flat are £100 per month, while in Budapest you’ll pay nearly £200 for the same kind of apartment.
There are no restrictions on buying a house in Hungary. You need to do this by a purchase agreement countersigned by a lawyer. You also need approval from the Administrative Office (AOB). The permit takes around two or three months to arrive. To circumvent this, you may be advised to set up a limited company, where no permit is needed. This is easy and only takes a couple of days – and you can write off the expenses. It costs around £400 with an accountant fee of around £200 per year. (more…)
If you are a British citizen you do not require a visa while relocating to Hungary from the UK. A valid British passport must be carried with you at all times. You must register at your local registration office. You will need:
Reason for residency
Proof of your address
It costs HUF 1 000 (about £2.68) payable by fiscal stamp available at post offices. Provided your documents are in order you will receive a residency card and an address card at the time of application. If you want to receive post, ensure your name is on your post box. (more…)
The fact that is surely moving to Hungary nationals is that their homeland is one of the top 15 holiday destinations in the world, with a capital city reckoned to be one of the most beautiful on the planet. So what else is on the offer?
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