Shooting in Hungary

Visa & Working Permit

Regulations and Process for International Film Crews

As Hungary is the member of the EU and part of the Schengen Agreement generally for visa and working permit issues for film crews the country has common regulations with the other EU countries and Schengen Area countries.

As Hungary is the member of the EU and part of the Schengen Agreement generally for visa and working permit issues for film crews the country has common regulations with the other EU countries and Schengen Area countries.

VISA to Hungary

Hungary is a very open country and we are proud of this. Citizens of 75 countries don’t need visa at all for entering the country and for staying for up to 90 days. Apart from the 26 European Schengen countries, here are just as a few examples of where a visa is not required for their citizens when coming to Hungary: USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Japan, Israel, Argentina or Mexico.

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Unfortunately there are countries where visa is mandatory for citizens willing to enter Hungary, but it doesn’t mean that people coming from these countries will not be warmly welcomed by Progressive Productions team or by the country. It is just an official process that needs to be planned properly while setting up the pre-production schedule.


Depending on the country the process takes 6-12 days. The application should be made at the local Embassy or Consulate of Hungary. Progressive Productions gladly helps with all the necessary documentation, like the letter of invitation or the hotel booking confirmations. A few examples of the countries where the citizens need visas to enter the Schengen Area: Russia, India, China, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Quatar, Lebanon, Iran, South Africa. For the full list click here.

Working Permit in Hungary

Progressive Productions is asked many times if a working permit is needed when someone is coming to Budapest for a film or photos shoot, even from the side of the client, agency or production company. Usually this question comes up if someone comes from a country which is out of the European Economic Area. Basically there is no need for a working permit as the legal relationship is between a third country employer and the third country employee, so the Hungarian State doesn’t interfere with this relation.

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In case of co-production or service production of a film, where the parties agree that some foreign crew members are employed by the local production company, then it is mandatory to apply for a working permit. There is a flexible and quick process for working permits related to the film industry. As a criteria, the Hungarian production company has to be a certified and registered film production company in Hungary. Since Progressive Production is a certified and registered film production company it has the legal license to manage working permits.

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