Registration of the asylum application


Country Report: Registration of the asylum application Last updated: 15/04/21


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There is no time limit for lodging an asylum application. Until March 2020, applications could only be lodged in the transit zones (except for those lawfully staying in the territory, and UAM below 14 years old) and the asylum seekers entering the transit zone were asked immediately whether they wished to apply for asylum. If they for some reason did not wish to do so, they were immediately escorted back through the gate of the transit zone.

As of 26 May 2020, only those who receive single-entry permit after submitting a “statement of intent” at the Embassy in Belgrade or Kyiv or certain exceptions described in the section on the Embassy procedure are able to apply for asylum once they enter Hungary.

The application should be lodged in writing or orally and in person by the person seeking protection at the NDGAP.[1] If the person staying in Hungary seeking protection, who is allowed to apply for asylum, appears before another authority to lodge an application for asylum, that authority should inform the asylum seeker about where to turn to with his or her application. If the asylum claim is made in the course of forced measures, measures or punishment affecting personal liberty, the proceeding authority must record the statement and forward it to the asylum authority without delay.

Numbers of applications for international protection are presented below:

Asylum applicants in Hungary
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
18,900 42,777 177,135 29,432 3,397 671 468 117

Source: Former IAO and NDGAP

[1]Section 80/I(b) and 80/J(1) Asylum Act.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation