[Important Notice]

Dear applicants,

We regret to inform you that TLScontact will no longer be accepting visa applications on behalf of the Hungarian missions in China.

  • Visa Application Centres in Changsha, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Jinan, Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Wuhan and Xi’an will be closing on the 10th of August.
  • Visa Application Centres in Beijing and Shanghai will be closing on the 15th of August.

Receipt of the postal applications has been discontinued. If you have already registered online to apply by post and have paid your fees, please send your application to TLScontact Visa Application Centre as soon as possible.

We advise you to contact the Embassy or Consulates of Hungary in Shanghai and Chongqing in order to receive guidance on where you can lodge your visa application after the closing dates.

All applicants who are currently expecting their passport to be returned from the diplomatic missions will have a possibility to pick up the passport at the TLScontact Visa Application Centres until the 15th of September. If you have purchased courier return service, your passport will be shipped to you.



On this page, you can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding general visa rules, application process and detailed requirement of documents. Please click on the questions you want to view or type “Ctrl+F” in order to search by key word, you will find the corresponding text on the page.

If you still have additional questions, you can Contact Us.

1. Schengen visa information

1.1. What is the Schengen Area?

1.2. What is the European Union?

1.3. Do I need a Schengen visa?

1.4. Where can I apply for a visa?

1.5. When should I apply for a visa?

1.6. What are Schengen visa, national visa and Airport Transit visa?

1.7. Where can I get a visa application from?

1.8. How to read the visa sticker?

1.9. What is the Visa Information System (VIS)?

1.10. Family members of EU/EEA and Swiss nationals

2. Application procedure

2.1. What will happen on the day of my appointment?

2.2. Can someone else apply for a visa on my behalf?

2.3. What do I need to consider when applying through a representative?

2.4. Do I need to enroll my biometric data in the visa application centre?

2.5. Could the Visa Section request me to provide additional documents or information?

2.6. What are the special requirements for minor applicants?

2.7. How can I collect my passport?

2.8. What is the average processing time?

2.9. Can I submit my application documents by post?

2.10. What do I do in case of visa refusal?

2.11. How to book an appointment on TLScontact website?

3. Visa documents requirement

3.1. Passport

3.2. Photo

3.3. Travel health insurance

3.4. Bank statements

4. Biometric data capture

4.1. I have already submitted my biometric data when I last applied for a visa. Do I have to come in person and submit them again if I re-apply for a visa?

4.2. How do I know whether fingerprint scans have already been provided during a previous Schengen visa application?

4.3. I got a refusal for my last visa application and I had provided my biometric data during the application process. Do I have to come in person and submit them again if I re-apply for a visa?

4.4. In which cases can I be exempted of biometric data capture?

4.5. Can the application be firstly submitted by a representative or by post and the fingerprints provided at a later stage (for example: one day after the application submission)?

4.6. Will the visas which have been issued before the 12th of October remain valid?

4.7. Can fingerprints from a previous national visa be copied into a Schengen-Visa?

4.8. Can fingerprints be copied from a previous UK- or US-Visa into a Schengen visa?