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Country Name
Geographical Area
93,030 square kilometers (35,920 square miles)
9,958,453 (Oct 2014 est.)
Capital City
People   Hungarians 95%; Roma 2%; Others 3%
Language   Hungarian
Religion   50% Catholics; Calvinists 30%; Lutherans 5%
Government   parliamentary republic; the President of the Republic, elected by the parliament every 5 years, has a largely ceremonial role, but powers also include appointing the prime minister. The prime minister selects cabinet ministers and has the exclusive right to dismiss them. Each cabinet nominee appears before one or more parliamentary committees in consultative open hearings and must be formally approved by the president.

Head of Government   president: László Sólyom; prime minister: Viktor Orbán
Embassy   The American Embassy Szabadság tér 12 H-1054 Budapest Hungary Phone: (36-1) 475-4400 After-hours emergency calls – American Citizens Only (36-1) 475-4703/4924
Visas   Tourists holding valid US or Canadian passports are not required to have a visa for stays of less than 90 days. Passports must be valid for at least another six months from the planned date of arrival into Hungary.
Health Risks   No immunizations are required for entry. The following vaccinations are recommended: hepatitis A and B, tetanus and typhoid as well as vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis for those traveling in risk areas who are unable to avoid tick bites. Another disease transmitted by ticks is the lyme disease. In most cases it can be prevented by performing a thorough tick check because the tick must be attached for at least 36 hours to transmit the disease.
Clothing Suggestions   SUMMER: May to September – is when the weather is warmest and the days are long and bright. Casual clothing made of lightweight fabrics and good walking shoes are essential. A shawl, sweater and/or jacket is recommended for cooler evening breezes. WINTER: November to March – During winter, an overcoat, hat, gloves and scarf will protect you from much of the wet and wind. For extra measure, waterproof your winter jacket or purchase a garment that is made of watertight fabric. SPRING/FALL: March to May and September to November- The weather in spring and fall can be very varied. Therefore, wearing multiple layers is recommended. Rain is common in spring and fall so bring an umbrella and waterproof jacket. DINING: Informal attire, except for some selected restaurants, which require a jacket and tie for men.
Time Zone:   GMT/UTC +1 - Czech Republic is in the Central European Time Zone. It is 1 Hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 6 hours ahead of New York and Montreal, 9 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Daylight saving time is in effect from the last Sunday in March till the last Sunday in October.
Banking / Exchange   Banks are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All banks are closed on Saturdays. Money can also be exchanged at exchange offices, hotel reception desks and travel offices. Currency exchange machines and ATMs operate after hours in Budapest and other cities. It is recommended that all money exchange receipts be kept.
Currency   Hungarian Forint (HUF). In Hungary the abbreviation of Forint is Ft.
Electric Current   The voltage is 220 V/50Hz with European two-prong plug.
Electrical equipment of 110V/60Hz requires the use of an adapter and/or voltage converter.
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   Major credit cards (AmEx, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Cirrus) can be used in the member shops and businesses. Look for the logo displayed at the entrance.

ATMs operate 24 hours a day. Major credit cards and banking cards are accepted.

There is usually a commission of 1% for cashing traveler's checks at banks. Please note that most stores will not accept traveler's checks.

You can use your bank or credit card to get cash at post offices throughout Hungary. More than 3200 post offices nation-wide provide this service.
Shopping   Department stores are open from Monday - Wednesday and Friday 10.00 am - 6.00 pm, Thursday 10.00 am - 8.00 pm, Sat 9.00 am - 1.00 pm. Food shops are open from Monday - Friday 7.00 am - 7.00 pm, Saturday 7.00 am - 2.00 pm.
Weights & measures   The metric system is standard throughout the country.
How to shop Tax Fee   1. Shop in any of the stores that display a TAX-FREE FOR TOURISTS window sticker and ask for a Tax-Free Shopping Form. With this form you can later claim your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price. 2. When leaving the country, show the unused goods to customs and get your form stamped. 3. Return your completed, customs stamped form to Global Blue-Hungary by mail to receive your refund.
National Airport   Ferihegy Budapest International Airport (BUD)
Major Tourist Attractions   Budapest, Lake Balaton
Tipping Suggestion   Restaurant prices in Hungary generally do not include a service charge and it is therefore customary to give a tip, generally equivalent to 10-15% of the bill. It is customary to tip tour guides 5 to 7 EUR per person per day on multiday tours and drivers 3 to 5 EUR per person per day. The suggested tip for day tours is 10 to 15 EUR for the guide and 5 EUR for the driver.
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