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Customs Procedure for Moving Household Goods in to Hungary
Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free for. Foreign citizens employed by Hungarian company, provided their Hungarian Residence Permit is valid. Diplomats, provided a Certificate is acquired by the related Embassy. Returning Hungarian citizens may import household goods and personal items duty-free depending on how long they have lived out of Hungary. Plants may be imported if accompanied with a health certificate. Goods imported into the country must be exported on departure; they may not be sold or given away. Customs clearance is a lengthy process and may take several days. Only temporary clearance is performed at time of arrival and final clearance can be done at residence a few months later. This will result in additional charges. Medicines need a doctor's written confirmation that it is necessary to the treatment of the customer.

Documents Required
1. Foreign Citizens working in Hungary, employed by a Hungarian company: 
All documents must be in Hungarian 
Original Bank Guarantee (special document from the employing firms bank) 
Visa for long period of stay in Hungary (from Hungarian Embassy) 
Copy of Passport 
Residence Permit (original) – To be issued in Hungary in advance 
Copy of rental or buying contract 
Original Work Permit – To be issued in Hungary in advance 
Inventory - itemized, valued, dated, signed and in Hungarian. List brand names and serial numbers of all electronic equipment 
2. Photographs of any paintings or antiques 
Power of Attorney (original with two witnesses signatures and in Hungarian) 
Letter from Customer authorizing Destination Agent to clear shipment 
Guarantee Letter from Customer's employer stating they will pay duties if Customer sells the imported items or does not export these items 
Letter from client’s employer in Hungary or client’s residence 
3. Returning Hungarian Citizens: 
Inventory in Hungarian (list brand names and serial numbers of electrical appliances) 
4. Photographs of any paintings or antiques


Vehicles can be imported duty-free if equipped with a catalysator on a temporary basis as long as the Customer's Hungarian Residence Permit is valid. Vehicles four (4) years old or older can not be imported unless they pass an environmental examination (cost billed to Customer). U.S. made cars may need technical modification. After vehicle clears Customs the owner is issued a Hungarian Registration number and the car can be driven in all the states in Europe.
Documents required: 
1. Invoice or value-declaration signed by customer 
2. Copy of Passport, Work Permit and Residence Permit 
3. Original Registration Papers 
4. Liability Insurance (not offered by insurance companies for U.S. made cars) 
5. Hungarian Power of Attorney (original with two witnesses signatures) 
6. Bank Guarantee 
7. Copy of Drivers License 

Prohibited Items
Weapons and explosives, Drugs and narcotics, Pornographic or obscene material and
Radio transmitters.

Live Animals and Plants
Valid Veterinary Certificate from origin country is required.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general guidance and all users are allowed to reproduce this information. cannot however take responsibility for any errors, additions, omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such it is advisable to contact the nearest customs office or the moving company you select for your move to Hungary for full and current information prior to importation/relocation.