Country: Hungary is a landlocked country in central Europe. It has a population of about 10 million. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. Hungarian is the country’s primary language. Budapest is the capital.
How to access emergency services: Dial 112 or 104 for medical emergencies
Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Hungary ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Hungarian hospital: The quality of medical care in Hungary is up to the standards of most Western countries. It’s a good idea to take out added health insurance, mainly because it allows visitors access to hospitals with more English-speaking staff. The public healthcare system in Hungary is also somewhat overburdened and waiting times can be long. And, while doctors and specialists in the private sector (and some public facilities) are highly trained, emergency services are not always top notch, especially outside of large urban centers like Budapest. Many doctors and emergency personnel speak at least some English. There will usually be someone who speaks English on staff at the main emergency call center.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Hungary: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Hungarian-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.