Any travel to the Schengen member countries with a stay of up to 90 days in any 180-day period requires a Schengen visa. In other words, travelers should not stay longer that maximum 90 days in any 180-day period in the Schengen area.
Attention! Visa is only a preliminary permission for entry, which does not automatically authorize its bearer to enter Hungary or other countries of the Schengen area. At the external border, travelers may be requested to provide proof of the existence of the conditions of entry and stay in Hungary and/or the Schengen area.
Which country is competent to issue the Schengen visa?
The Schengen visa application has to be submitted at the representation of the country which is competent for examining and deciding on it according to the main destination of the travel. The competent country will be
(a) the country whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit;
(b) if the travel includes more than one destination, the country whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length of stay; or
(c) if no main destination can be determined, the country whose external border the applicant intends to cross first in order to enter the territory of the Schengen Member States.
When to submit a visa application?
Applications should be submitted no more than three months before the start of the intended travel. Holders of a multiple-entry visa may lodge the application before the expiry of the visa valid for a period of at least six months.
As the processing of a visa application may take up to 15 days, travelers are advised to submit their applications not later than 15 days before the travel takes place.
How to obtain an appointment?
Applicants can contact any of our available Visa Application Centers (VACs) in 13 Chinese cities. Appointments at any VAC can be reserved for the next or even the same day.
Applications can also be submitted at our Consulate, by appointment only. Travelers should book an available time by phone or by email:
Telephone: (00 86 23) 6399 7061, (00 86 23) 6399 7062, (00 86 23) 6399 7063
Only operating in working hours.
Basic application documents:
- completed application form signed by the traveler,
- it should have been issued within the previous 10 years,
- it should be valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen states;
- it should contain at east two empty pages.
- it should be a passport-size photo taken within the last 6 months
- its minimum coverage should be EUR 30.000;
- it has to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with urgent medical treatment, repatriation for medical reasons or death;
- it should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit.
- travel medical insurance,
- application fee of 630 CNY.
A visa application is admissible only if the above documents are submitted no more than three months before the start of the planned travel and the fingerprints provided.
Depending on the purpose of travel, additional supporting documents should also be attached according to the harmonized list of such documents. This list is available here.
During the decision-making process, the Consul
- consults in every case the entry ban list (SIS, or Schengen Information System)
- inspects former visas issued the applicant
- has to consult the competent authorities of the Schengen states, in particular cases
- may consult the Office of Immigration and Asylum or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- may consult with foreign representations of other Schengen states
- may request a personal interview with the applicant
- may request further documents or certificates in addition to the already submitted ones
Decision on the visa application must not exceed 15 days (10 days where it is applicable under visa facilitation agreements). In specific cases, this period may be further extended up to 30 days and, in exceptional cases, up to 60 days.
The visa application will be refused
- if the applicant
- presents false, counterfeit or forged travel document
- does not prove the purpose and conditions of the intended stay
- does not certify that he/she has sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the stay and for the return to his country of origin or residence
- has reached or exceeded the maximum duration of authorized stay on the Schengen territory: 90 days in any 180-day period
- is a person for whom an alert has been issued in the Schengen Information System (SIS) and his/her entry has to be refused
- is not in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance, when applicable
- when doubt arises concerning the validity and the content of the supporting documents, the reliability of the statements made by the applicant.
The reason for refusal is notified to the applicant on the established refusal form. Information on the specific reason(s) of the refusal can be requested by the applicant directly from the Consulate. In case of refusal, the visa fee will not be reimbursed.
Appealing against a refusal
In case of refusal, a new visa application may be submitted any time but the visa fee has to be paid again.
Applicants have the right to appeal against a decision resulting in a refused visa application (or annulment or revocation of a visa). Appeals have to be submitted, within 8 days from the date when the refusal decision was received (3 days from the date when the annulment or revocation was received), personally at the Consulate by the applicant or by a person who has a power of attorney from the applicant.
The appeal should be submitted in writing, in Hungarian or in any official language of the European Union (e.g. English). If the applicant submits an appeal in another language (e.g. in Chinese), an official translation also has to be submitted with it.
With the appeal, further supporting documents may be submitted and the applicant may be called in for a personal interview.
The fee for the appeal procedure is 235 CNY which should be paid at the time of submitting the appeal. This fee will cannot be reduced or reimbursed, not even for applicants who are otherwise waived from paying the visa application fee.
The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade decides on the appeal within 15 days (in 5 days on appeals against a refusal of the annulment or revocation of a visa). If the refusal is upheld in its decision, it may be subject to a judicial review initiated by the applicant.