In case of any emergency situations in Hungary you have to dial (toll free) 112.
You can directly access Police: 107,  Fire service: 105, Ambulance: 104.

Personal security

Citizens and visitors of Hungary are subject to constitutional rights. The Constitution and laws are in harmony with European standards.

In terms of criminality, Hungary statistically ranks among countries that are moderately affected by crime. The risk of becoming a victim, however, is no different than in any other European country. Tourists can be targeted mainly by pickpocketers and beggars.

Since the passing of legislation in 2013, all taxis in Budapest are yellow (see picture) with fixed transportation fees.

Public transportation prior to boarding, DO NOT get on without it. Validate the ticket on board.

Do not exchange money on the street!


Budapest’s pharmacies (gyógyszertár in Hungarian) are well stocked and can provide medicaments for most common ailments. Each of the 23 districts has an all-night pharmacy open every day – a sign on the door of any pharmacy will help you locate the closest one.

Hungarians pay Health Care payroll tax to cover medical treatment expenses.  For EU citizens a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is available from health centres and it covers for most medical care. It will certainly not cover non-emergency treatments or emergency repatriation. Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their home country and Hungary.

In Hungary, foreigners are entitled to first-aid and ambulance services only when they have suffered an accident and require immediate medical attention. Follow-up treatment and medicine must be paid for. We recommend for the visitors of the conference to arrange valid healthcare coverage or insurance for the visit to Hungary.  For information about health insurance and health care in Hungary please check: