In the era of remote work, Hungary has emerged as an enticing destination for digital nomads seeking a vibrant and affordable European hub. The Hungary White Card, introduced in 2018, caters specifically to non-EU citizens who wish to pursue their remote work endeavors while experiencing the rich cultural tapestry and bustling lifestyle of Hungary.

Unlocking the Benefits of the Hungary White Card

The Hungary White Card offers a multitude of benefits for digital nomads, making it an attractive option for those seeking a seamless remote work experience in Europe. Firstly, it grants a residence permit for up to 365 days, enabling you to immerse yourself fully in Hungarian culture and explore its diverse attractions.

Beyond the practical advantages, the Hungary White Card provides access to Hungary’s high-quality healthcare system, ensuring your well-being is well-protected during your stay. Moreover, the card allows you to freely travel within the Schengen Area, giving you access to a vast network of European destinations.

Eligibility Requirements for the Hungary White Card

To be eligible for the Hungary White Card, non-EU citizens must meet the following criteria:

  • Be employed or self-employed in a digital profession
  • Demonstrate a monthly income of at least €2000
  • Provide proof of comprehensive health insurance
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Secure accommodation in Hungary


In the case of issuance and extension of the White Card, the third-country national is considered to have sufficient resources to cover his/her subsistence if the third-country national’s monthly legal income is equal to or exceeds EUR 2,000 for at least 6 months before entry, and he/she must have this amount of income throughout stay in Hungary.

The requirement of subsistence may, in particular, be verified by:

–    a certificate issued by the employer evidencing regular income;

–    a certificate issued by the tax authority;

–    other credible means.


The place of Hungarian accommodation must be a property shown in the real estate register as a residential building or detached house, or any similar property suitable for habitation (minimum 6 square meters of living space per person) or a commercial or other accommodation deemed appropriate by law.

Compliance with the requirement of accommodation in Hungary may be verified by

·                     a residential lease contract as proof of the rental of a residence;

·                     a document on accommodation by courtesy;

·                     a document in proof of ownership of the residential property, using a certified copy of the title deed issued within 30 days to date;

·                     a valid letter of invitation with an official certificate affixed;

·                     documentary evidence to verify the reservation of accommodation and payment;

·                     a notarized statement made by a family member with the right of residence in Hungary as holding a long-term visa or residence permit, with immigrant or permanent resident status, holding a residence card or a permanent residence card by specific other legislation, or with refugee status, promising lodging to the applicant; or

·                     a real estate sales contract and a copy of the decision of the competent Budapest or county government agency granting permission for the acquisition of a real estate property;

·                     other documents.

Application Process for the Hungary White Card

The application process for the Hungary White Card is relatively straightforward and can be initiated online or at a Hungarian diplomatic mission. The required documentation includes:

  • Completed visa application form
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of employment or self-employment
  • Proof of sufficient monthly income
  • Health insurance documents
  • Criminal record certificate
  • Proof of accommodation

Complete set of information on requirements and applications on the official website of The National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing Hungary at the following link here.

1.    The administrative service fee charged for the procedure for issuing a residence permit is EUR 110, which is to be paid at the diplomatic or consular mission in EUR or in other convertible currency, or exceptional cases, in the legal tender of the state in which the application is submitted.

2.    The administrative service fee charged for the procedure for the extension of a residence permit is HUF 23,000 if the application is lodged electronically via NDGAP’s electronic procedure initiation platform (Enter Hungary).

3.    The administrative service fee charged for the procedure for issuing a residence permit for a third-country national holding the citizenship of a visa-free country, legally residing in Hungary is HUF 24,000 if the application is lodged electronically via NDGAP’s electronic procedure initiation platform (Enter Hungary).

4.    The administrative service fee charged for the submission of an application for the procedure for issuing a residence permit on the grounds of special circumstances, accompanied by a petition for equitable consideration is HUF 39,000 if submitted in person within the territory of Hungary.

Exploring Hungary as a Digital Nomad

Hungary offers a wealth of attractions and activities to cater to the diverse interests of digital nomads. From the cosmopolitan hub of Budapest to the serene countryside, Hungary provides a diverse range of workspaces, cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures.

Budapest, the capital, boasts a vibrant café culture, numerous coworking spaces, and a rich historical and cultural heritage. For those seeking a more tranquil environment, Hungary’s countryside offers picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring natural wonders.


The Hungary White Card presents a unique opportunity to combine work with travel, immersing yourself in a captivating destination while pursuing your professional goals. With its affordable cost of living, high-quality healthcare, and diverse attractions, Hungary is an ideal choice for digital nomads seeking a fulfilling and enriching remote work experience. So, pack your bags, grab your laptop, and embark on an unforgettable journey to the heart of Central Europe, where work meets adventure and lifestyle harmonizes perfectly

By agabimu