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Depart on a trip to Hungary and return home looking and feeling better than ever! If you live outside of Budapest, we invite you to travel to our beautiful city for a relaxing retreat and rejuvenating cosmetic enhancements performed by Dr Kovacs Annamaria. Our friendly staff will work with you to help plan your appointments, surgery and recovery within your scheduled stay with us. We have provided some helpful information about visiting Hungary and Budapest to get you started on planning your trip. We look forward to meeting you.


Things to Remember Before Your Trip


We have provided a list of some important things that you do not want to forget about before your trip to Budapest:

Medical Insurance
You are strongly advised to take out adequate medical insurance coverage before traveling to Hungary. Your travel agent will be able to suggest some suitable policies for you to choose from.

Visa, Documents and Vaccination
Please check with the nearest Hungarian Embassy or Consulate regarding visa requirements and information regarding vaccinations. Requirements for a tourist visa include a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. Most international airlines can advise you on visa requirements for tourists.

Voltage
The electrical voltage in Budapest is 220 volts.


When You Are in Budapest – General Information


Bank Hours

Generally, weekday bank hours are from 10am (1000) to 4pm (1600). All banks are closed on public holidays. Many branches have 24-hour banking machines (ATMs) that offer several services. Overseas visitors should check with their local banks to find out if they can gain access to their funds through these facilities. In some cases, your bank may charge an additional fee for overseas transactions.

Climate
  • The climate in Budapest is continental, four seasons, with local variations depending on altitude and other factors.
  • The average annual temperature is approximately -10+5° C in winter, with summer highs ranging from 30°C to 39°C.
  • Rainfall can vary from an annual 534 mm.
  • December to February marks “cold winter” in Hungary, and the very hot days are rare at the summer.

Money
Hungarian money is based on the “forint,” which is represented by the symbol ‘Ft’. One Euro is equivalent to 275 “Forint”.
  • Bills (notes) are issued in the following denominations: 500; Ft 1000; Ft 2000; Ft 5000; Ft 10000; Ft, 20000; Ft.
  • Coins are issued in the following denominations: of Ft 10; Ft 20; Ft 50; Ft 100; Ft 200.

Credit Cards
Any credit card that bears the Visa, MasterCard or American Express symbol will be widely accepted in Hungary. Visitors with other types of credit cards should check to see if their card is accepted in Hungary. Please note that retailers have the option to charge more for goods and services bought using a credit card. We advise that you ask a retailer beforehand whether an additional charge applies.

Language
Hungarian is the language spoken in Hungary and is one of the most difficult languages in the world. In Hungary the second mostly speaking-language is English.

Shopping
Shops in Hungary are generally open Monday through Saturday, 9am–7pm (0900-1900). Shopping malls are open Monday through Saturday, 10am-08pm (1000-2000) and Sunday, 10am- 20pm (1000-2000).

Tipping
The following is a guide to customary tipping practices for the following services:
  • Hotels − Most hotel bills include a service charge of 10 percent. If a service charge is not included on a room bill or a hotel restaurant check, it is customary to tip 10 percent of the total amount.
  • Restaurants − Some restaurant bills will include a service charge. If a service charge is not included, it is customary to tip 10 percent of the bill.
  • Luggage − It is customary to tip 500 ‘forint’ (500Ft) per suitcase.
  • Hairdressers − It is customary to leave a tip of 10 percent of the bill.

Security and Safety Tips
As in any large, busy city, crime can sometimes be a problem in Budapest. When visiting Budapest, you will need to take extra caution to ensure your personal safety and protect your belongings. Here are a few safety tips that are very helpful for travelers to Budapest:
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your room – keep them in the hotel safety box or safe.
  • Make sure the door of your room is closed when you leave the hotel.
  • Hotel lobbies and reception areas are open to the public, so do not leave your bags or any valuables unattended at any time.

Out and About
  • Do not carry your camera and other valuables in a camera bag or around your neck.
  • Avoid wearing flashy jewelry or expensive items, such as designer glasses and valuable watches, in the streets.
  • When in restaurants, bars, theatres or cinemas, never leave your bag on the floor or over the back of your chair. Always keep it where you can see it.
  • If you’re out and about at night on foot, try to stay within busy, well-lit areas.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road. Always remember to look both ways as traffic may be coming from a different direction than you are expecting.


Tourist Assistance in Budapest


Other Useful Numbers for Tourists
Police: 107
Ambulance: 104
Fire: 105
Help: 112
International direct dialing from Hungary: 00  + (country code) + (area code) + (number)
International direct dialing to Hungary: 00 + 36 + (area code) + (number)
Mobile: +36-20/30/70 + (number)
If you have any questions regarding procedures, planning your trip or scheduling your surgery, our staff at Silvermount Klinik® would be happy to assist you. Contact our practice in Hungary today!
 

 
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