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Hungary Customs Information

Customs Information

Please take a moment to review the important customs information before shipping to Hungary.

Personal Effects Customs Clearance Hungary

Documents Required (All customers)

All customers will be required to provide the documents below.  If the consignee is moving / relocating to Hungary, or going there to study, they will also need to provide the relevant documents in that section.

  • Passport

A copy of the consignee’s passport details page is required.

  • Flight Ticket

A copy of the consignee’s flight ticket dated no earlier than one month before their shipment's arrival in Hungary, and not more than 3 months past their  shipment's arrival date, is required for the shipment to be eligible for duty free clearance.   This must show travel from the same country that the shipment is being sent from.  If the consignee has travelled in multiple journeys between the origin and Hungary this is acceptable, and multiple flight tickets can be provided.

and if applicable

Relocations and students.

  • Address card or residence permit

This is required for duty free clearance and must be in the name of the consignee.

  • Proof of employment or studies in Hungary

This must show the duration of the consignee's employment or the length of their course if studying, and also show their full name and the employer's / college's name.

  • Customs Declaration Form

Our courier partner in Hungary may contact the consignee directly to request an additional declaration form is completed for customs clearance.

General Personal Effects Customs Information

Personal effects are typically defined as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your shipment is checked by  customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items, you shipment may not be assessed as personal effects. Keep this in mind if you are sending Christmas gifts or other new items. Please check with customs so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow any advice given and attach all necessary documentation.

In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects, you will be required to complete a brief non-generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton Dresses, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Pair of Gloves", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".

As customs processes and allowances vary by country, we advise all customers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.

More information is available on our customs information page.

Customs Clearance Time

Most shipments on this route will not be stopped by customs, however, when a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, impromptu inspection, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 3 working days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.

Personal Effects Customs Clearance Hungary

Documents Required (All customers)

All customers will be required to provide the documents below.  If the consignee is moving / relocating to Hungary, or going there to study, they will also need to provide the relevant documents in that section.

  • Passport

A copy of the consignee’s passport details page is required.

  • Flight Ticket

A copy of the consignee’s flight ticket dated no earlier than one month before their shipment's arrival in Hungary, and not more than 3 months past their  shipment's arrival date, is required for the shipment to be eligible for duty free clearance.   This must show travel from the same country that the shipment is being sent from.  If the consignee has travelled in multiple journeys between the origin and Hungary this is acceptable, and multiple flight tickets can be provided.

and if applicable

Relocations and students.

  • Address card or residence permit

This is required for duty free clearance and must be in the name of the consignee.

  • Proof of employment or studies in Hungary

This must show the duration of the consignee's employment or the length of their course if studying, and also show their full name and the employer's / college's name.

  • Customs Declaration Form

Our courier partner in Hungary may contact the consignee directly to request an additional declaration form is completed for customs clearance.

General Personal Effects Customs Information

Personal effects are typically defined as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your shipment is checked by  customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items, you shipment may not be assessed as personal effects. Keep this in mind if you are sending Christmas gifts or other new items. Please check with customs so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow any advice given and attach all necessary documentation.

In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects, you will be required to complete a brief non-generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton Dresses, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Pair of Gloves", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".

As customs processes and allowances vary by country, we advise all customers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.

More information is available on our customs information page.

Customs Clearance Time

Most shipments on this route will not be stopped by customs, however, when a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, impromptu inspection, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 3 working days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items

With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in luggage, for security and customs reasons however certain items are prohibited, please find these listed below.

On EU standard services (not express) and all UK and US domestic services you may send:

  • Shower gel.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Other non flammable and non alcohol based liquids, pastes & gels for use on holiday.

Nail varnish, perfume and aerosols are not permitted. If these items are included in your luggage it may be returned to you.

Whilst non alcohol based liquids are permitted, damage caused by leakage is not covered by complimentary cover and therefore only small amounts should be sent. If an x-ray shows liquids of any type security may stop your bag for inspection.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy. The following items are prohibited at all times:

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Alcohol based or Flammable Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type including, but not limited to, nail varnish and perfume;
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Hungary

  • Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.

Items Excluded From Cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

On EU standard services (not express) and all UK and US domestic services you may send:

  • Shower gel.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Other non flammable and non alcohol based liquids, pastes & gels for use on holiday.

Nail varnish, perfume and aerosols are not permitted. If these items are included in your luggage it may be returned to you.

Whilst non alcohol based liquids are permitted, damage caused by leakage is not covered by complimentary cover and therefore only small amounts should be sent. If an x-ray shows liquids of any type security may stop your bag for inspection.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy. The following items are prohibited at all times:

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Alcohol based or Flammable Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type including, but not limited to, nail varnish and perfume;
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Hungary

  • Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.

Items Excluded From Cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Hungary

  • Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.

Items excluded from cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Hungary

  • Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.

Items excluded from cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

Why Ship to Hungary?

Why Ship to Hungary?

If you are relocating to Hungary or are going there to study at one of its universities or other educational institutions, you can use Send My Bag to ship your possessions. This means you aren’t restricted to a few suitcases checked into the hold of your plane. You can travel light, meaning you don’t have to get hot and bothered dragging cases onto public transport.

You can also use Send My Bag to ship your possessions even if you are going for a shorter period of time. Your journey will be so much more enjoyable if you don’t have to think about your luggage. If you are going to Hungary to enjoy hiking, cycling or skiing, Send My Bag allows you to ship your own equipment so that you don’t have to rent an unfamiliar bicycle or skis when you are there.

Send Luggage to Hungary

No matter if you are moving to Hungary or going on holiday there, a lot of hassle can be avoided by sending your luggage and boxes to Hungary with Send My Bag. Knowing that your luggage is being taken care of means you can better enjoy your own journey to Hungary. Send My Bag can ship all sorts of possessions for you; clothes, books, DVDs, etc. This will make setting up home in Hungary much easier, even if this is just for the duration of a holiday. To learn more about sending luggage to Hungary, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.

Removals to Hungary

If you are relocating to Hungary you will have to consider international removals to Hungary to transport all of your possessions too. Ensure you select a reputable removal company and that you package up all your items carefully so that they arrive in one piece. Use suitable packaging for your items and tape everything up well.


Student Shipping to Hungary

If you are taking your full degree course in Hungary, if you are going there on a language course, or if you are conducting research there, Send My Bag can ship everything you need to see you through to the end of your course. Hungary has a number of excellent universities, including the University of Szeged, Eötvös Loránd University and the University of Debrecen. Why not choose to study at one of these universities and have your possessions sent to your student accommodation with Send My Bag? Discover more about student shipping on our student page and find out how to receive your student discount.

Sending a Parcel to Hungary

You can also send parcels to Hungary with Send My Bag. This is a great option if you have a small number of items to send. You may wish to send a care package to a friend living in Hungary. Or a friend may ask you to send them something they accidentally left behind when moving to Hungary. When sending a parcel to Hungary make sure you select a sturdy box and tape it up well so nothing gets damaged in transit. Find out more about sending a parcel and find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.

Ways of Shipping to Hungary

Ways of Shipping to Hungary

If you are going on a cycling holiday in Hungary or if you are moving to Hungary to live or to study, you should look into the many options available for shipping to Hungary and find out which option suits you best. There are several options for international shipping to Hungary to choose from.

Send Golf Clubs to Hungary

Golf is becoming increasingly popular in Hungary, with around 14 courses now on offer. Most of these are handily located close to the capital city of Budapest. Hungary‘s top-rated courses include Pannonia, Royal Balaton and Hencse National. You won’t have to rent golf clubs to enjoy these courses; you can instead have your own golf clubs shipped to Hungary for you with Send My Bag. There is the added benefit of not having to wait around at bag drop or luggage carousels, or having to drag large golf bags behind you. Plus, you can avoid oversized baggage fees from your airline. See more information on how to send golf clubs with Send My Bag, including how to best package your golf clubs.

About Hungary

About Hungary

Hungary is an Eastern European country bordered by several countries, including Austria, Slovakia and Serbia. The country has many bodies of water including the largest lake in Europe – Lake Balaton –, as well as several rivers. Hungarian is the country’s official language, which is very different from the languages of its neighbouring countries and said to be one of the most difficult languages in the world. A member of the European Union, Hungary does not use the Euro as its currency, but the Hungarian Forint. 

Hungary has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. In summer the temperature can reach 30-35°C (86-95°F) and can dip as low as -10 or -20°C (4 to -14°F) in winter. If you are in Hungary in the winter, you can warm up by taking the water in one of the thermal springs there.

Most visitors to Hungary go to the capital city of Budapest, which is a picturesque city full of historical sites. These include the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Danube embankments and the Buda Castle District, which is also Budapest’s old town. Other areas of Budapest recognised by UNESCO are Heroes’ Square and Andrássy Avenue.

Outside of the capital city, visitors can enjoy hiking and cycling in the Hungarian countryside, which is particularly enjoyable in the winegrowing region of Badacsony. Easy-going skiing can also be enjoyed in snowy conditions in areas such as the Mátra Hills.

Please explore this page further to find out about Send My Bag’s shipping service to Hungary.

Send your Bike to Hungary

Send your Bike to Hungary

The vineyard regions of Hungary offer excellent cycling opportunities, with many cycle routes available off road. You can send your bicycle to Hungary with Send My Bag, rather than checking it into the hold of your plane and having to pay outsized baggage fees. Why not cycle around Hungary by bike? You can do this by sending your bike to your first hotel and having it picked up at your final hotel. Your bike needs to be taken apart and safely packaged up before being sent to Hungary. Check out our information on bike shipping to learn more.

Send Skis to Hungary

Send Skis to Hungary

Hungary is a good location for the less serious skier. It’s a great place to learn the basics, in areas such as Kékestetö, Mátraszentistván and Visegrád. You won’t need to rent skis to use the slopes and ski tracks here; you can send your own skis to Hungary with Send My Bag. You can send your skis ahead to Hungary and have them waiting for you on arrival. Find out more about sending skis with Send My Bag and read about how to package your skis safely.

Other Ways of Shipping to Hungary

As well as sending parcels, baggage and luggage to Hungary you could look into the following alternatives for shipping items internationally, especially if you need to send large, bulky items like furniture.

Air Freight to Hungary

If you need to ship large items, like a table or chairs, to Hungary, you could go for air freight. One to two days is the normal transit time, making it a fast service. It can be quite expensive, though, especially if you have a large shipment. Other costs include hiring a customs agent to sort customs clearance for you and arranging transport for your items to and from the airport. If you send internationally by air freight to Hungary your items will likely arrive at Liszt Ferenc, Debrecen or Pécs-Pogány Airports.

Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Hungary

Sea freight or container shipping is a further option for shipping large bulky items, like a bed or wardrobe. Sea freight shipping can take a number of weeks, and, as Hungary is land-locked, it will take additional time to transport your items from a sea port in a neighbouring country to your destination in Hungary. This option can be cheaper than air freight, but you will still need to pay for the services of a customs agent and will need to sort out how to get your items to and from the ports. This means the cost could be more than expected. When using container shipping to Hungary, your items will most likely arrive by ship at a sea port in another country, such as Croatia or Slovenia.

Shipping Goods to Hungary

You must research current customs rules when shipping goods to Hungary. You should know about any duty that you need to pay and what items are permitted to be shipped to Hungary, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Take a look at the prohibited items and customs sections on this page for more information.