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Before You Go: Traveler Healthcare in Hungary

Tick-Borne Disease Warning

Hungary‘s medical facilities are satisfactory, though can be more basic in rural regions, though there is no private in-patient hospitals in Budapest. English is limited among medical staff.

Pharmacies: The pharmacies in Budapest are well-stocked. Each district has a 24-hour pharmacy.

Tick-borne Diseases: Ticks are at their worst in Hungary from spring to autumn, so if you’re traveling between March through November, you should take the appropriate precautions. Illnesses like tick-borne encephalitis are caused by tick bites. Symptoms include a rash at the bite area, fever, headache and fatigue.

If you’re planning on spending time in forested areas, you should wear long pants tucked into boots, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and an insect repellent containing DEET. Check for ticks after spending time in forests, and remove any ticks right away with tweezers.

If you’re bringing prescription medications:
  1. Check to see if there are restrictions on your medication in your destination country, especially if the medication contains narcotics, amphetamines or other often controlled substances
  2. Bring medications in their original, labeled container. Never carry loose medication
  3. Include your dated prescription signed by your doctor, certifying the condition the medications are prescribed for, dosages and their generic drug names. Ensure the name on the prescription, container and your passport all match.
  4. If you need syringes or needles, your doctor includes their need on the prescription.
  5. Before you leave, find out how you can legally access medications in the case of loss, theft or emergency – even OTC medication may require documentation from your doctor. Never have controlled substances mailed to you
  6. If legal, consider bring a second container of any essential medications, in case one is lost or stolen. Pack the primary bottle in your carry on, and the second one in another location. Personal-use quantity restrictions may limit you to 30-or 90-day supplies
Travel Health Insurance Checklist:
  1. Investigate travel health insurance options
  2. Be sure the plan includes any pre-existing conditions you have, and be sure to declare them before you go
  3. See if you need an “Extreme Sports” add-on policy if you’re planning activities like scuba diving or spelunking
  4. Find out the payment or reimbursement process and 24-hour emergency coverage contact