Digital Nomad Visa - Hungary

How to get a Hungary Digital Nomad Visa

The year-long Hungary Digital Nomad Visa (White Card) gives remote workers the opportunity to live in the heart of Europe.

Hungary is known for its unspoiled beauty, wine, and abundance of thermal baths.

Where is Hungary

Hungary is a landlocked country that is located in Central Europe. It’s bordered by Slovakia and Austria to the north, Ukraine, and Romania to the east, Slovenia to the west, and Croatia and Serbia to the south.

The location (+ ease of travel to neighboring countries) and cost of living are some of the main reasons why expats would consider moving to Hungary.

I’ve shared the process of buying a property in Hungary as a foreigner and many travel tips before.

Things to know about White Card for digital nomads in Hungary

A White Card is a new residence permit introduced by the Hungarian government in 2022. It was created to target digital nomads – mostly people who are not nationals of the EEA but want to live in Hungary.

This White Card gives you the right to live and work remotely, using digital technologies, from Hungary for up to a maximum of 2 years provided that they meet certain criteria.

Digital nomads as referred to above can be remote workers, investors, entrepreneurs, or freelancers.

Digital Nomad Visa - Hungary
Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest

How long is the White Card Valid

The White Card is valid for 1 year, with the possibility of extension for 1 more year.

Requirements for Hungary Digital Nomad Visa

  1. You have to be a third-country national (not from EEA area)
  2. You have to have proof of employment that is outside of Hungary that can be performed, managed, or supervised online.
  3. You have to plan to stay in Hungary for at least 90 days out of every 180-day period.
  4. You have to have no gainful activities in Hungary, which means you don’t work for a Hungarian employer or have shares in a Hungarian company or generate profit in any way from a Hungarian entity.
  5. You must have a monthly income equal, or more than EUR 2,000 (almost $2,300). You must provide documentation that shows that this has been your income for at least 6 months before the date of start of your intended stay in Hungary.

How to apply for Hungary Digital Nomad Visa

To apply for the visa, firstly you need to check if you meet all the requirements, then:

  1. You need to fill this application and send it (by post or electronically) if you are residing in Hungary, or present it in person to the nearest Hungarian consulate.
  2. The cost to apply for a white card is EUR 60.
  3. Documents needed: Your Passport, proof of earnings, and proof of accommodation in Hungary.

There are over 20 countries who currently offer digital nomad visas and even more countries who give citizenship by investment (when purchasing property). As a digital nomad, it’s always wise to shop around to see where you can live comfortably.

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