Moving Overseas to or From Hungary
Moving internationally can be just as rewarding as it is challenging. Many people talk themselves out of it before they even begin, feeling overwhelmed by all the rules and details. There are plane tickets to buy, boxes to pack, tons of paperwork in a foreign language, all good reasons to feel a bit of stress.
Then there are the expenses. Moving a full container from New York City to Budapest will cost between $6,800 – $11,200. The real cost of moving your household goods to Hungary goes beyond the shipping container. From port to port there are myriad handling, processing, storing, transferring and other fees. The truth is, the only way to know for sure what it will cost will be to work an international moving company that can provide you a firm estimate.
What do I need to know about moving to Hungary?
If you have a current residence permit from the government of Hungary, you are eligible to import your household goods to Hungary for the length of time allowed in your permit. It is important to note that if you import your items into the country without paying taxes or duty, you are forbidden to sell or otherwise dispose of them for at least one year.
If the term on your residence permit is less than a year, your household goods must leave Hungary with you. In fact, if you present a short-term residence permit at customs, they will require you to leave a bank guarantee to cover the costs of taxes and duty in case you leave these items behind.
Wait. There’s more. You will also be required to present a Letter of Guarantee from your employer. This letter is another way that the Hungarian government ensures that you take your stuff with you when you go – they make you get your employer to promise to pay for anything you do not.
Remember, you must keep your customs clearance documents in your records for the duration of your stay in Hungary. You will need these documents to re-export your items in the future.
- Valid passport
- Hungarian visa
- Proof of employment in Hungary
- Residence permit
- Authorization for customs agents to process and handle your shipment.
- Comprehensive packing list and inventory with detailed descriptions of every item in every box.
- Proof of residence in Hungary
No problem, right? Well, not so fast. You must present all of these documents written in Hungarian. Working with an overseas moving company can help, but more on that later.
Can I bring my private vehicle to Hungary?
With a valid residence permit, you can import your private vehicle to Hungary free of taxes and duty. Once you are registered to drive in Hungary, you will be able to drive freely throughout the European Union.
You will have three months to use your vehicle in Hungary while awaiting final clearance by customs. At the end of this period, your vehicle must be assessed at a Technical Test Station to ensure that it meets European Technical Standards. For example, any vehicles more than four years old will need additional emissions testing.
North American cars will need the most modification to meet these standards, since they were manufactured to be driven on the right side of the road. Your vehicle must be mechanically altered by a qualified mechanic at your expense. Testing and other fees are also your responsibility.
- Proof of purchase
- Proof of auto insurance
- Authorization for customs agent to process and clear your vehicle through customs.
- Clean title
- Vehicle registration from your home country
- Certificate of Title and Registration – must be original
- Auto Declaration
- Hungarian Residence Permit
The best time to work with an overseas moving company
Even under the best circumstances, moving internationally is a challenge. There are tons of rules, red tape, and fine print. When you have to deliver all of your immigration and customs paperwork in that country’s native language – that’s a whole other thing entirely. Three Men and a Truck can make this part easy for you. By working with our team, you get the benefit of our international shipping expertise and network of service partners. We read (and write) all the fine print so that you don’t have to. Contact us today to learn more.