I am an American who is going to visit Hungary for a one week vacation. From the US Passports & International Travel website, here are the requirements for entering Hungary / a Schengen area nation:
What do I need to enter the Schengen area?
A U.S. passport (with applicable visas, if needed), valid for at least three months beyond your intended date of departure from the Schengen area.
A justifiable reason for your travel.
Proof of sufficient financial resources to support yourself during your stay.
Compliance with any other entry requirements for each country you will visit or transit.
What is others' experience of entering Hungary for a week? If I were asked the above questions, I would say yes I have a US passport valid for 6+ months beyond my intended date of departure. My reason for travel is A) desperately need a vacation and B) I am half Hungarian, so want to visit the city my grandparents are from. As for proof of sufficient financial resources, do they require a bank statement...? I will print out the receipt/confirmation for my accommodation (and of course have the itinerary for my return flight), and when younger I recall I did bring a bank statement to New Zealand and Australia -- never asked for it. Suuuuper simple and pleasant experience. Korea and Malaysia too ohmygosh, it was actually COMPLETELY underwhelming, how easy it was. Felt like the olden days you know? When you didn't even need a passport to go to Canada, no removing shoes at the airport, greeting relatives as they stepped off the plane and escorting them to their gate and waiting until their flight took off etc. Last year however I went to the UK for a week and the border agent was ahem not very pleasant shall we say. Crikey. (David Sedaris has also had a negative experience with UK customs folks, so it is not a unique experience unfortunately!)
I just want to avoid a repeat of what happened last year. When I step off the plane at Budapest's airport, what should I expect? Will they want bank statements? A copy of my lease?? A letter from my employer of my intent to return??? These are the things I felt the UK guard wanted...
Thank you so much in advance! (Köszönöm!)