We assembled some of the most important links and information in this email regarding EU Exit. Please share with members of the British community living in Hungary in case they turn to you for information. EU Exit may impact the lives of British citizens living, studying and working here in a number of ways, and it is important that they are aware of potential changes.
Information on EU Exit for British nationals in Hungary
If, as we hope and expect, a deal is agreed between the EU and UK, the Hungarian government is committed to implementing the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, including protecting the current rights of UK nationals legally resident in Hungary on 31 December 2020. In a ‘no deal’ scenario, the Hungarian government has committed to protecting the current rights of UK nationals legally resident in Hungary on 29 March 2019, on a broadly reciprocal basis with the UK. That means the Hungarian government will offer broadly the same to UK nationals as the UK Government offers to Hungarian citizens.
You can find details of the UK’s commitment to Hungarian and other EU citizens in the UK in a ‘no deal’ scenario here.
The Hungarian government is currently developing the exact legal and practical provisions for both scenarios. Once the Hungarian government has established the practical details, there is likely to be a simplified administrative process to confirm the continuing rights of Brits in Hungary in both a deal and ‘no deal’ scenario.
In the meantime, in order to prepare for all scenarios regarding the UK’s exit from the EU, the Hungarian government advises that Brits apply for a “Registration Certificate for EEA Nationals” at their local Immigration and Asylum Office by 29 March 2019, if they have not already done so. This is a long-standing requirement under Hungarian law for residents of three months or longer.
You can find more details on the website of the Immigration and Asylum Office.
We are pleased to confirm that in order to facilitate the registration process, the Budapest and Pest County Regional Directorate of the Immigration and Asylum Office will provide a separate client service for British nationals resident in Budapest and Pest County every Wednesday from 10.00 until 12.00 at 1117 Budapest, Budafoki street 60. It is not necessary to book appointments in advance.
Those resident outside Budapest can register at their local Immigration and Asylum Office.
Please note that those already in possession of a Registration Certificate do not have to do anything more now. They should wait for further information from the Hungarian government about concrete next steps on future arrangements following EU Exit (e.g. how to apply for the new status), which the British Embassy will also communicate on our social media channels and on our ‘Living in Hungary’ page.
Any British nationals are suggested to check the following links regularly
Living in Hungary Guide (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-hungary): Official information UK nationals moving to and living in Hungary need to know, including EU Exit guidance, residency, healthcare and driving.
UK Nationals living in the EU page (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-british-nationals-travelling-and-living-in-europe): Information on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the European Union.
UK in Hungary Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ukinhungary)
UK in Hungary Twitter page (https://twitter.com/ukinhungary)
With kind regards,
Zsuzsanna Bacso-Hlavka | Vice Consul | British Embassy