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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: Gyorgy Szapary
Embassy: 3910 Shoemaker Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: [1] (202) 362-6730
FAX: [1] (202) 966-8135

Consulate(s) General are in:
Los Angeles
11766 Wilshire Bl., Suite 410,
Los Angeles, CA 90025.
(310) 473-9344

New York
223 E. 52nd St.,
New York, NY 10011.
(212) 752-0661, FAX (212) 755-5986

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis
Embassy: Szabadság tér 12., H-1054 Budapest
Mailing Address: Am Embassy, Unit 1320, Budapest; APO AE 09213-1320
Telephone:(36-1) 475-4400
Fax: (36-1) 475-4764

Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Hungary
U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary
Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, Washington, D.C.
Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN - New York, NY
Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Hungary - Boston, MA


FOREIGN RELATIONS

U.S.-HUNGARY RELATIONS

Hungary is a member of the European Union (EU), and as a NATO Ally, it partners with the United States on our common goals in Europe, such as stability in the Balkans and promoting democracy in Europe’s East, as well as on global challenges beyond Europe. The United States and Hungary have a mutual commitment to reducing the threats posed by climate change and nuclear proliferation, and supporting human rights, the rule of law, and peace and freedom for all. The two countries are bound together through myriad people-to-people contacts in business, the arts, scholarship, and a host of other exchanges. 

In 1921, the United States established diplomatic relations with Hungary following its establishment of independence. During World War II, Hungary severed relations with the United States and declared war on it in 1941. Relations were reestablished in 1945. Following the war, Hungary became a satellite of the Soviet Union. As Hungary began to pull away from the Soviet orbit in the 1980s, the United States offered assistance and expertise to substantially revise its constitution, establish a democratic political system, and introduce a plan for a free market economy. Hungary acceded to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. The United States works with Hungary as a valued partner in the transatlantic relationship. Hungary has been a firm ally in coalition operations, contributing troops to NATO missions in Afghanistan and the Balkans. 

U.S. Assistance to Hungary
U.S. security assistance to Hungary contributes to regional stability and helps maintain strong support in Hungary for coalition operations, including for the provision of personnel, equipment, and other resources for these operations. Funding will promote the continued development of a flexible, sustainable, and NATO-interoperable Hungarian military capable of meeting NATO commitments. Earlier assistance to promote the development of democratic institutions and a market economy was phased out as Hungary achieved its EU status. 

Bilateral Economic Relations
Hungary is a member of the European Union and has transitioned from a centrally planned economy to a market-based one since the fall of communism in 1989. The United States is among the top foreign investors in the country. Hungary's strategic location in Europe, access to EU markets, highly skilled and educated workforce, and sound infrastructure have led U.S. companies to locate facilities there, both in manufacturing and services. U.S. investment has had a direct, positive impact on the Hungarian economy. The two countries have a treaty on double taxation currently pending ratification. 

Hungary's Membership in International Organizations
Hungary and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Hungary also is an observer to the Organization of American States. 

Bilateral Representation
The U.S. Ambassador to Hungary is Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List

Hungary maintains an embassy in the United States at 3910 Spring of Freedom St. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-362-6730). 

More information about Hungary is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here: 

Department of State Hungary Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Hungary Page
U.S. Embassy: Hungary
History of U.S. Relations With Hungary
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information




TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Hungary check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted. International Driving Permit is recommended
Currency (HUF) Forint
Electrical 230 Volts
Telephones Country Code 36, City Code Budapest (06)1+7D, Szekesfeheraur (06)22+6D, Salgotarjan(06)32+6D



Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are used.

Telephone: IDD available. Country code: 36. Outgoing international code: 00. Public telephones are operated by Ft10, Ft20, Ft50 and Ft100 coins or by telephone cards.

Climate: There are four seasons, with a very warm summer from June to August. Spring and autumn are mild, while winters are very cold. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with snowfalls in winter.

Food & Drink: A good range of restaurants is available. Table service is common, although there are many inexpensive self-service restaurants. A typical menu offers two or three courses at inexpensive rates. Fine dairy and pastry shops (cukrászda) offer light meals. Specialities include halászlé (fish soups) with pasta and Goulash gulyás soup. Western goulash is called pörkölt or tokány. Stuffed vegetables, sweet cakes, gundel palacsinta (pancake) and pastries are also popular.
Eszpresszó coffee bars and Drink bars offer refreshments. Gerbeaud’s is probably Budapest’s most famous coffee-house. Tokaji (strong dessert wine) or Bull’s Blood (strong red wine) are recommended. Pálinka or barack (apricot brandy) is a typical liqueur. Imported beers and soft drinks are also available. There are no licensing hours, but the legal age for drinking in a bar is 18 years. Minors are allowed to go into bars but will not be served alcohol.

Shopping: Special purchases include embroideries, Herend and Zsolnay porcelain and national dolls. Shopping hours: Department stores are open from Mon-Wed and Fri 1000-1800, Thurs 1000-2000, Sat 0900-1300. Food shops are open from Mon-Fri 0700-1900, Sat 0700-1400.

Photography:
Military installations should not be photographed; other restrictions will be signposted. Tipping: 10 to 15 per cent is expected for nearly all services in restaurants, bars, clubs, taxis and so on.

Currency: Hungarian Forint (Ft) = 100 fillér. Notes are in denominations of Ft20,000, Ft10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500 and 200. Coins are in denominations of Ft100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. A large number of commemorative coins in circulation are legal tender.

Credit & debit cards: It is possible to withdraw cash by credit card at more than 3200 post offices. MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Cirrus and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Travellers cheques: Widely accepted in stores and banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES


Currency.................Must be declared on arrival

Tobacco..................250 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco

Liquor.....................1 litre of alcoholic beverage and 2 litres of wine

Perfume..................250 grams of eau de cologne and 100 grams of perfume

Cameras..................No restrictions

Film.........................Reasonable for personal use

Gifts.........................Up to the value of FT27,000.

Agricultural items....Refer to consulate



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