Hungarian Citizens qualify for a simplified US travel document known as an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). This is because Hungary belongs to a group of countries whose citizens are not generally thought to be a security risk to the United States, nor are they likely to overstay their visas and become illegal immigrants. Even the simplified process can be confusing, though, so we have put together a list of frequently asked questions for Hungarians seeking to travel to the US on an ESTA.
Yes, they need travel documents, but an actual paper visa obtained from a US Embassy is not required. Since Hungarian citizens qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, they can get the simple, straightforward ESTA and avoid the more arduous process of getting a visa through a US Embassy.
A single visit on an ESTA is limited to 90 days. However, the ESTA will permit multiple entries during its 2-year (730 day) period of validity - provided none of those individual visits exceed 90 days. Your reasons for visiting must be related to business or tourism as visas for employment seekers, students, or persons looking to emigrate to the US permanently are still issued through the US embassy. These types of visas naturally require much more information from the applicant.
The ESTA fees through iVisa total $29 USD. $14 for the US Government fee, and $15 for the iVisa service fee. These fees apply to both individuals and groups.
Potential Hungarian passport holders headed to the US must have a valid electronic passport that is not near expiration. They must also have either a visa or an ESTA. Valid visas issued by a US embassy supersede the ESTA. Therefore, if you have a valid US visa, you do not currently need to qualify for an ESTA. If you do not have a valid visa, you do need to qualify for an ESTA.
The application process through the US customs website is moderately straightforward, but no additional guidance is provided for travelers who are uncertain about the process. If you choose iVisa to process your application for an ESTA, you can expect the processing to take approximately one day. In the case of an emergency, though, rush processing is available, for an additional fee, and can get your ESTA processed in as little as 30 minutes.
As mentioned above, you can apply via the US Custom and Border Protection website, but there will be little support available to make sure that the process goes smoothly. You can also apply more quickly through iVisa. Either way, you must have your passport and payment ready as well as some personal data. To increase convenience, iVisa offers both credit/debit and Paypal payment options.
Hungarian citizens can click here to apply for the ESTA using iVisa. We offer 24/7 chat and phone support if you find that you have any questions or concerns during the application process. Our commitment to simplifying the travel document process is reflected in our success and our customer reviews. We pride ourselves on the service we offer and strive to provide an excellent experience for all customers. However, you can’t be expected to just take our word for it! We know that most discerning customers seek out 3rd party reviews of goods and services, and we encourage you to do just that. One of the sites you will come across is Trustpilot – where we have over 1800 customers who provided feedback on our services and keep iVisa rated in the “excellent” category. Still not convinced? Look around our website – we are confident you will be more than happy with what you see.