Hungary Import Restrictions

In order to enter Hungary, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Hungary government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Hungary, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Hungary.

Hungary Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Hungarian authorities before posting:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Cinematographic films
  • Medicines
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceutical goods
  • Vegetables and products of vegetable origin
  • Weapons

Automobile spare parts

Hungary admits gifts of automobile spare parts (one of each kind) for the use of an individual person, subject to 60% customs duty assessed on the domestic retail value.

Medicines and medical products

Hungary admits medicines and medical products for the use of an individual person, to the quantities shown on the prescription or medical certificate. Medical products and vaccines sent to authorised institutes do not require the permission of the Ministry of Public Health. Items sent to the Hungarian Red Cross, to schools and to medical institutes or other establishments for teaching, science or research, are exempt from customs duties only if these establishments become the owners of the items.

Gift items

  1. Medicaments addressed to private persons, in their original packing and packed by the pharmaceutical company or pharmacy, and therapeutic treatments prescribed by a competent attending physician, the quantity of which is determined by the latter.
  2. Items addressed to the Hungarian Red Cross.
  3. Gifts sent by foreign charitable organizations for Hungarian charitable organizations.
  4. Packages containing medicaments, nutritive provisions and clothing sent without recompense for churches and religions recognized by law, for free distribution amongst the Hungarian population.
  5. Building materials, installations and covering and decoration materials sent without recompense for the renovation or restoration of monuments classified as such by the issue of a certificate by the National Monuments Office.

Special documentation

All commercial items or merchandise must include an invoice on an original letterhead with date, reference number, original signature and stamp. The invoice must clearly describe the contents and itemise each by number of units, value, country of origin and terms of trade. It should also include the type of currency and the reason for export. The table shows other documentary requirements.

Item Required documentation
Jewellery, and other items with gold, silver or platinum in their make up. Hallmark of the Institute of Control and Authentication of Precious Metals.
Red pepper and pimento. Examination certificate issued by the National Agriculture Substances Quality Control Institute.
Mineral waters, animal products, plants and vegetable substances, veterinary medicaments. Written authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
Non-Hungarian films. Written authority of the Ministry of Culture.
Radio transmitters or transmitter-receivers. Written authority of the Ministry of Communications and Posts.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI and EPI – Parcels International Courier Regulations, Hungary prohibits:

  • Bullion and currency
  • Copied videos, DVD’s, cassettes and CD’s
  • Food and beverages harmful to health
  • Narcotics
  • Natural fertilisers
  • Press and publications and printed matter- offensive by nature
  • Publications embarrassing to the interests of the Hungarian Republic or contrary to public order of morality
  • Roots, stems and leaves of potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant.
  • Weapons