On 1 December 2016 representatives of the Government of Hungary and the Government of the Hong Kong S.A.R. have signed an Agreement on the operation of the Working Holiday Scheme between the Parties.
Purpose of the Working Holiday Scheme (WHS)
The purpose of the WHS is to enhance cultural and people-to-people contacts between Hungary and Hong Kong in order to promote friendship and mutual understanding.
What are the eligibility criteria for the Working Holiday Visa applicant?
(a) must hold a HKSAR passport or a British National (Overseas) passport valid for at least the intended period of stay;
(b) has the primary intention to enjoy a holiday in Hungary, with employment or study being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit and will depart Hungary at the end of the visit;
(c) is aged between eighteen (have already had the 18th birthday) and thirty years (have not had the 30th birthday, yet) at the time of application;
(d) is not accompanied by dependants;
(e) has an airplane ticket (incl. return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such ticket; destination has to be Hungary);
(f) has 25 000 HKD or equivalent EUR/USD for his/her maintenance during the period of stay in Hungary, at the discretion of the relevant authorities;
(g) pays the prescribed temporary residence permit application fee 60 EUR;
(h) has valid medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance throughout his/her stay in
Hungary; It is obligatory only after arriving in Hungary;
(i) do not have a criminal record
(j) has not participated in the Scheme before.
Term of validity of the Working Holiday visa
The WHS visa issued by the Hungarian Consulate General in Hong Kong will be valid for 90 days within a period of 365 days with multiple entries.
Participants in the Scheme should not work for the same employer for more than 6 months and cannot engage in permanent employment.
Participants in the Scheme may enroll in one training or study course not exceeding a total of six (6) months duration during the course of their visit to Hungary.
Number of participants per year
Up to two hundred (200) per annum of the temporary residence permits may be issued to
Hong Kong SAR applicants.
Any citizen of the Hong Kong SAR who is granted the Working Holiday Visa has the right:
(a) to stay in Hungary;
(b) to undertake paid employment pursuant to the terms of this Arrangement for a period of
not more than twelve (12) months from the date of entry into Hungary;
(c) to enrol in one training and/or study course pursuant to the terms of this Arrangement; and
(d) to enter and exit Hungary during the period of validity of the temporary residence permit.
Processing of the Working Holiday Visa
The processing time is not more than 21 days if the applicant fulfils all eligibility criteria.
For more information, please visit the website of the Immigration and Asylum Office
Please apply for the Working Holiday Visa at the Consulate General of Hungary in Hong Kong; call our office at 2878-7555 to make an appointment first and bring the following:
-passport + copy of data page of the passport
-ID photos (attached to the application form)
-airplane ticket (incl. return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such ticket; destination has to be Hungary);
-bank statement (having at least 25.000HKD or equivalent EUR/USD on it)
-evidence of appropriate insurance
-proof of accommodation in Hungary
-if you already know where you would visit/work/study, bring the corresponding papers; if not, no need
- application fee 532 HKD
-Applicants will also have a personal interview with our Consul. Please be aware that in order to get the Working Holiday Visa you must possess (at least) basic English or Hungarian skills.
Please be aware that in order to get the Working Holiday Visa you must possess (at least) basic English or Hungarian skills.