IYPT 2024



Hungary is a member of the Shengen zone, an area covering 27 European countries. Travel into this zone requires a Shengen visa, but once you are inside the zone, you may travel to other Shengen countries without additional visas. If you arriving from a country that is not a member of the Shengen zone, then you will need a Shengen travel visa.

You can find more information about the visa on the Shengen website.

We provide assistance with visa-related matters. Feel free to reach out to us with any concerns you may have.

Any information regarding visa requirements and visiting Hungary by foreign citizens can be found at the following websites: https://konzinfo.mfa.gov.hu/en/visa-free-travel-hungary.

Note: Those countries listed as visa-exempt countries, however, require a special travel document for entry, and also need to obtain a visa alongside an ordinary passport.

Invitation letter: For countries requiring a visa, an invitation letter is necessary, providing confirmation of the purpose of the visit to Hungary. Invitation letters required for visa application can only be sent out after registration in the iypt cc. Please, register as soon as possible and fill out all the mandatory fields.






Chinese Taipei


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United Kingdom


** Teams from Hong Kong and Macao need the passport of their special administrative territory for visa-free travel.

Before you arrive

Before traveling, it’s good to be aware of some information about Hungary and the competition venue. What are the rules and regulations you need to follow, and what should you prepare for? The information provided here will assist you in making your stay in Hungary a pleasant experience.

Important for competitors

Insurance: Travel insurance is recommended.

COVID-19 regulations: There are no longer any COVID-related restrictions is Hungary.

Data connection: – Please be sure that your laptop contains HDMI-VGA ports.

Power plugs: In Hungary, we use F-type (the Europian) plugs, They are compatible with E and C types.  Socket output voltage is 230V. During the tournament we will provide each team with an extension cord ending with type F sockets. You may need to bring a travel adapter compatible with the type of plug you use.

About Hungary

Time zone: The Hungarian official time zone is CET.  More info here

Weather: Hungary has a typical continental climate with hot dry summers and mildly cold winters. In July the average temperature is 23 to 28 °C (73 to 82 °F). On the hottest days the temperature can be around 35 °C (95 °F). For more information visit the website of HungaroMet (Hungarian Meteorological Service). 

Public safety: The crime rate in Hungary is low by European standards. As in any other big cities, Budapest experiences pickpocketing and scams. You need to stay alert near tourists attractions and on the public transport. According to the travel site WayAway, Budapest is the 3rd safest city for solo female travellers

Language: Hungarian is truly unique in the world, being one of the most difficult languages to learn. The English and German language is relatively widespread in the capital, commonly used by those working in the hospitality sector.

Currency – cash and card: The Hungarian local currency is the Forint. Most of the places – restaurants, supermarkets and bigger shops, petrol stations, pharmacies – are card friendly, but we recommend you to have some cash with you just in case. Several ATM-s and currency exchange points can be found in the city – especially in malls.

Alcohol: It is prohibited to purchase and drink alcohol under the age of 18. Above the age of 18, it is also advisable to refrain from drinking alcohol in public places.

Tobacco: For buying/consuming cigarettes or other tobacco products you must be over the age of 18.

Tap water: The tap water in Hungary is of good quality and safe to drink. On arrival, you will get a water bottle. Feel free to refill it.

On arrival

Budapest is a modern city of about 2 million people located in the heart of Europe. Its airport, Liszt Ferenc, is a major transport hub located less than an hour from Budapest’s downtown. The city also has international train and bus stations, as well as highway connections to its 8 neighboring countries.

Once you arrive in Budapest, you will have numerous travel options. 

Budapest has an excellent public transport network, and travel passes will be provided by the organizers. However, students must carry a valid student ID with them at all times. The pass entitles you to ride on all Budapest public transport, including busses, undergrounds, and trams, but not on the train and suburban rail systems (HÉV). Many busses require front-door entrance. The underground metro system is often guarded by ticket inspectors, while trams are run completely on the honor system. Be sure to let passengers off before you board. 

Taxis are available, and it is best to use an app or call for a taxi rather than to hail one on the street. We recommend Bolt and Főtaxi. Ride share companies Uber and Lift do not operate in Hungary.