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Moving To Hungary From The UK
For those of you wondering about how to move to Hungary, Britannia Movers International has expert knowledge and experience to help you. Whether you’re moving to Budapest or Lake Balaton, we’re here to support your relocation to Hungary to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
Shipping Personal Effects to Hungary
As a member of the EU, used personal items and household effects can be imported to Hungary duty free (N.B. this could be subject to change on the UK’s departure from the EU). Your local Britannia agent will provide full details of all documentation required to import your household effects to Hungary.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
In general, it is in your interest not to import the following items:
Transit times may differ depending on the chosen mode of transport, destination and size of shipment. Britannia will advise you of more precise timescales once this information has been established.
To ensure no items are left behind, all shared load consignments are bar coded prior to being loaded into the vehicle.
Domestic Pet Transport
If you’re moving to Hungary with a dog or other pet, Britannia Movers International can recommend pet transport experts to assist this area of your relocation. Prior to your move, you will need to visit your vet to get a pet passport.
Importing Cars to Hungary
Brits moving to Hungary permanently often need to import their car too. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to register your vehicle, and this will include paying a fee for issuing the registration certificate.
When you are making international payments for individuals, you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.
IFX can help protect you from exchange rate fluctuations an save you time and money on international payments.
For more information, visit the IFX website.
Moving to Hungary with Britannia
- Your move to Hungary with Britannia – Britannia Movers has been providing removal services for relocations to Hungary for many years. House removals to Hungary include transportation by road, sea or air. You can also choose to shared load or sole use container load and we provide bar coding for groupage to ensure a reliable removal service.
- Additional Removal Service – Britannia offer a range of extra services to fully support your move to Hungary including, packing, insurance, storage and pet transport.
Find out more about our European removals services and receive a free removals quote.
Living in Hungary
Hungary is conveniently located in the middle of Europe, making it an ideal European expat destination. Nestled between Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine, Hungary is steeped in history with beautiful architecture and some of the richest folk traditions in Europe.
The Country has been steadily growing in popularity over the years and is now a firm favourite destination among expats. The north-western part of Hungary tends to be the most popular expat area and of course the Capital city, Budapest.
As a UK citizen moving to Hungary, if you choose to live outside of the bigger cities, you may find yourself struggling with the language barrier and why so many British expats opt for these. However, whether you choose to live in the lively hub of the Capital city or in quieter suburbs of other cities, there will no doubt be something of interest to you. Among many other activities on offer, expats in Hungary can enjoy relaxing thermal spas, treks across national parks and exciting weekend trips in one of Europe’s top city break destinations – Budapest.
Despite the size of the Country, Hungary is home to several World Heritage Sites – the UNESCO Biosphere reserves, the largest natural grassland in Europe and the second largest thermal lake in the world. The landscapes are beautiful, the wildlife rich and diverse and the distinct seasons are stunning. Hungary also boasts world class cuisine, wine and interesting cafes, restaurants and attractions. All in all, Hungary offers the perfect potential for your new life abroad.
Interesting Facts About Hungary
- Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe and as a landlocked Country, the lake is often referred to as the Hungarian Sea.
- Hungary is one of the oldest Countries in Europe – older than the UK, Germany and France.
- Due to an abundance of natural hot springs across the Country, Hungary is littered with hundreds of public baths and spas.
- The Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters. If you learn all of them, you may find it much easier to pronounce Hungarian words.
- Budapest is home to the world’s largest geothermal cave system.
Moving to Hungary
- If you are staying in Hungary for longer than 3 months, you will need to register at your local National Directorate General for Aliens Policing.
- Hungary has a robust and diverse economy. There are plenty of expat jobs in Hungary, particularly in the tourism, IT and engineering sectors.
- If you are moving to Hungary after Brexit, you may no longer be eligible for life-long healthcare. However, if you will be employed in Hungary, your employer will usually arrange your state health insurance.
- For those moving to Hungary with children, you will benefit from researching the international schools in the area you are moving to. The education system is like the UK, but does have some differences, including compulsory education from age 3.
What is the main religion in Hungary?
The most common religion in Hungary is Catholicism, with over half the population identifying as Catholics.
Is it cheaper to live in Hungary?
The cost of living in Hungary compared to UK is much lower. However, pay scales are generally lower but vary across specific industries. If you’re on an expat salary, with your employer paying most of your expenses, it is possible to live a very comfortable lifestyle.
Do they speak English in Hungary?
English isn’t widely spoken across the Country, but it is used in the main tourist areas and big cities. Around 60% of the population of Hungary speak English.
Is it safe to live in Hungary?
Overall, Hungary is a safe place to live with generally low levels of violent and drug related crime. However, there are moderate to high levels of property related crimes such as theft and corruption in certain areas including the Capital city, Budapest. Expats are encouraged to invest in adequate property security.
Is healthcare free in Hungary?
UK nationals can currently access mostly free healthcare when you make social security contributions. However, there may be certain medications or medical equipment which require payment. This will remain the case after Brexit, if you are living in Hungary before 31 December 2020.