The Hungarian Guide - Investing and retiring in Hungary

  • A stunning capital with unique setting A stunning capital with unique setting
  • walking and birdwatching paradise walking and birdwatching paradise
  • undisturbed nature rich in rare species undisturbed nature rich in rare species
  • enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track
  • Teeming with History Teeming with History
  • over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes
  • picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb
  • Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit
  • Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer
  • Tranquil Lake Balaton Tranquil Lake Balaton
  • Lush rolling hills of western Hungary Lush rolling hills of western Hungary
  • buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000.. buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000..
  • horsemen and nature lovers paradise horsemen and nature lovers paradise
  • Europe's second largest freshwater lake Europe's second largest freshwater lake
  • A paradise for watersport enthusiasts A paradise for watersport enthusiasts
  • Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature

Pets

Hungarians love their pets and most families have cats or dogs. In rural areas dogs can be found on farms where they contribute to the working of the farm eg, hunting or as guard dogs warding off foxes.

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 Bringing your pet to Hungary

Regulations:

Taking your pet to Hungary is now a very simple straightforward procedure:

The actual law can be read at the DEFRA’s website: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

Similar laws exist for Ireland https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/

Driving:

Several families drive to Hungary with their dog every year and there is never an issue. If you are worried in any way I can pass across contact details and you can have a quick chat on the phone. You have to pay extra for the dog on the ferry, and the dog has to stay in the car during the crossing but the staff will take you down if you want to check on the dog. Many hotels on the continent allow pets to stay but check before booking. Both Germany and Austria are very pet friendly and you can take the dog for a walk at service stations, and some even have a “dog station” with a bowl of fresh water. Please ask for route recommendations.

Flying:

None of the low cost companies take dogs at the moment so if you are flying, you will either have to use BA cargo or one of the many courier companies that offer door-to-door service for pets.

ANIMAL AIR LINES BASED IN CHESHIRE  specialise in transporting your animal overseas on the same flight as yourselves. If this was a dog then the dog has to be micro chipped, vaccinated for rabies and details entered into the pet passport by the vet. The vet has to stamp the passport within 5 days of flying. Please call 00 44 1625 827414 or e-mail   info@animalairlines.co.uk for further details.

From Ireland arrangements can be made directly with Aer Lingus http://www.aerlingus.com/travelinformation/baggageinformation/specialitems/

Horses:
We were recommended this company for transporting horses: http://www.horsetrans.hu/en/default.php?aid=1

In Hungary

Dogs are allowed on public transport with a valid ticket and in most cases a muzzle. Cats and small pets can travel in carriers. There are designated dog parks in cities where they can run free, otherwise they have to be kept on a leash. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Lake Balaton.
Dogs are not allowed in restaurants, but are usually allowed on pavement areas and outside seating areas. Guide dogs however are allowed everywhere.
Pet food can be purchased in any supermarkets and all the well known brands are present. There is a pet supermarket like “Pets at home” called Fressnapf which has stores at Veszprem and Keszthely, two towns close to Lake Balaton. http://www.fressnapf.hu/terkep

 Wilma dog

Vets:
Vet is “állatorvos” in Hungarian and can be found online, or in the phone directory. Most vet’s offices have a blue cross on the sign. There is an online database of vets here (http://allatorvos.lap.hu/) but not all vets are listed. The University of Veterinary Sciences also has a surgery in Budapest. (http://www.hungarovet.com/?p=2495) People don’t have pet insurances in Hungary, as the vet charges are a lot cheaper than at home. A consultation is around £13 / €15 , a vaccination is £15 / €18 . Make sure you register your dog at the local vet, and the chip in the national database if you are moving to Hungary on a permanent basis.

Pet threats in the country:
The biggest threat is ticks spreading Lyme disease or babesiosis. Vets recommend on the spot applications, collars, or ultrasound devices. Some areas are more infected than others. There is an online tick map where people can check and record the number of ticks per visit. http://www.kullancsterkep.hu/terkep.html
Vets recommend vaccinations against the most dangerous diseases: canine distemper, parvovirus, Leptospirosis and canine hepatitis.

Lost or found:
If an animal is lost or found report it to a vet first, if it is chipped then there is a good chance it will be returned to its’ true owner. The database of chipped animals is: http://www.petvetdata.hu/ but only registered vets have full access. Just like at home people who have lost pets will normally put signs up at the area where the animal was lost.

There are several internet databases for lost and found dogs:

http://ebtelep.hu/ is a central government run shelter, dogs are kept there for 2 weeks, after which they are given up for adoption or killed.
http://elveszettkutyak.hu/ a lost and found database.
http://noeallatotthon.hu/index.php?pid=7&lang=en is a no kill shelter, they have a big volunteer base and they run successful searches on Facebook.
http://www.feherkeresztliga.hu a shelter with an online lost and found database
http://www.elveszettallatok.hu/ a veterinary charity, shelter, and lost and found database.

In rural areas many dogs are free to ramble and do not assume that all free roaming dogs are lost.

Boarding kennels – in the Lake Balaton area suggest you contact stephen@mcleanevents​.com based at Sagvar near Siofok or at Karmacs the owners name is Henrietta and she speaks English and German. Her telephone contact is 00 36 209846405.

Dangerous breeds:
Pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes are considered “dangerous breeds” and it is forbidden to import or breed them. Pit bulls can only be kept under strict conditions: the owner must be over 18, have a clean criminal record, the dog must be chipped, neutered and inspected yearly by the local municipality’s notary. A warning sign “veszélyes eb” (dangerous dog) must be placed on their front door and these dogs can only be walked on a leash, with a choke collar and a metal muzzle.