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Are there any differences in traffic rules in this country compared to Ukrainian ones?
Most of the rules in Hungary are like in other European countries. Some of the main rules:
Is it possible to drive a car with a Ukrainian driver's license?
In respect of those who are under temporary protection: according to the newly adopted EU rules, valid driving licenses issued by Ukraine shall be recognized in the territory of the EU when their holders enjoy temporary protection until the moment when that temporary protection ceases to apply.
One may request issuing a Hungarian driving license instead of a foreign driving license only if she/he has a usual place of residence in Hungary.
Is it necessary to register the car in the new country of residence?
In general, if a car has been cleared by the customs authority without formalities under a temporary import customs procedure (i.e. by a verbal statement or a deemed verbal statement), may be driven in Hungary for a maximum period of 6 months from the date of entry (unless otherwise decided by the customs authority). After such period, a Hungarian registration permit and registration plate must be obtained for the car.
Is it possible to drive a car that has Ukrainian registration, but is registered not to the driver, but to another person? What documents are needed for this?
In general, it is not prohibited to drive another person's car. However, in case of police control, you should be able to justify the legal title of use of the car.
Therefore, in addition to the generally obligatory documents (like the driver’s license) the driver should have a written “use agreement” concluded between the driver and the registered person, including at least the registration number of the car and the timeframe when the use of the vehicle has been taken over by the driver from the registered person. (From a practical point of view, such a document is suggested to have a Hungarian transaction.)
Is it necessary to insure the car in the host country? Is Ukrainian insurance enough?
Ukrainian insurance will not be enough. In the case of vehicles normally based in a third country, the owner or driver of the vehicle on entering Hungary must have either a green card valid for the territory of the EEA (issued in Ukraine) or conclude a border insurance contracting Hungary. The validity of the documents must cover for the entire duration of the stay in the territory of the EEA.
The fee for the border insurance for a passenger car is HUF 90,000/month. Based on the news information, with respect to the extraordinary circumstances, it is now possible to conclude a border insurance for a decreased fee of HUF 1,000 / month and insurance companies undertake to bear the remaining amount of the fee. The border insurance for a discounted fee may be purchased at the designated branches of Allianz HungáriaZrt. at the branch offices listed at List of Allianz offices .
What is a vignette? Do Ukrainian drivers need to buy it? How and where can they buy it?
Under Hungarian law, certain roads are subject to toll payment, as follows:
One must buy a vignette before entering the road subject to toll payment (an indicative map in Hungarian ). Vignettes may be bought for a week (that is actually a 10-day period), a month or a calendar year (from 1 January to 31 January of next year), for all roads subject to toll payment or only for a respective county. Vignettes may be bought personally at National Toll Payment Service Ltd. (Hungarian toll payment company) or at official resellers National Toll Payment Service Ltd. (in practice it covers the petrol stations), or electronically .
Further information is available in English here .
Etolls is an application for purchasing electronic vignettes to pay for travel in 7 European countries, including Hungary, developed by Ukrainians. The application is simple and intuitive. More detailed information is available on the website .
What are the parking rules?
Parking rules are, amongst others, the following:
● Unless otherwise indicated by a road sign or the Hungarian Code of Traffic Rules, vehicles may park only on the right-hand edge of the carriageway, parallel to it, in a single file. Parking must be indicated by a direction sign.
● It is prohibited to wait, for example,
● A vehicle may be left unattended if the driver has ensured that the vehicle cannot start on its own and cannot be started by an unauthorized person.
As an example, rules applicable in Budapest are summarized here .
What are the most common fines? How and where can Ukrainians pay them?
Below you find the list of the most common fines:
● Driving on motorways without a vignette (even if the drive on the motorways does not take longer than 1 day)
● Exceeding the speed limit (under Government Decree no. 410/2007 (XII. 29.))
● Parking fines: for example,in Budapest, where parking fees may differ according to parking zones:
What documents are required for registration of trailers/cargo (equipment, furniture, etc.)?
The following documents are needed for initiating the registration of a Ukraine-registered trailer vehicle in Hungary:
Do Ukrainians need to declare what they bought in Europe?
The National Tax and Customs Administration released a document for 2022 which includes all the requirements regarding customs declaration obligations: Information for Travellers
Since EU member states ensure the free movement of goods, no customs procedures are required for exporting goods from Hungary to another Member State and for importing goods (non-commercial ones purchased for personal use or as gifts) from a Member State to Hungary.
However, when traveling from a non-EU country (third country), like Ukraine, there are some specific rules.
In the case of alcohol and tobacco products, for example, the duty-free amount is limited. In addition to these specific goods, passengers are exempt from customs duty and taxes for goods imported up to the value of EUR 300, while up to the value of EUR 430 if travelling by air.
Further conditions necessary for the customs duty and tax exemption: (i) the import must be occasional (must not be part of a series of imports within a reasonable period of time), and (ii) the import may only include goods acquired for the passenger’s own use or their family, or intended as gifts, and (iv) the nature and quantity of goods imported may not imply an import for commercial purposes.