When you arrive in Hungary, make sure that you have health insurance with you that you can use for health care services during your stay in Hungary.
Read carefully which health insurance (non-private or private) you can use for health services in Hungary.
If you are a non-EEA student (coming from outside of the European Economic Area), you should consider which option suits your situation the best and what are you entitled to have.
If you are an EEA student, it is advisable to apply for a European Health Insurance Card from your health insurance institution in your homeland before you leave home.
Please keep in mind that if you are a Stipendium Hungaricum holder, you are eligible for both a “TAJ card” (non-private health insurance) and supplementary (private) health insurance. After enrollment please start arranging them both!
Students with the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship can get a Hungarian social security number and card (TAJ card)
With the “TAJ card” (the card for Hungary’s national health insurance scheme), scholarship holders are publicly ensured and they are able to access public healthcare for free at the healthcare institutions in their district, not just emergency or urgent care.
Those who are entitled to have the TAJ card who have
- a foreign citizenship,
- who have no permanent accommodation in Hungary BUT
- have a temporary Hungarian accommodation
- who have Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship,
Before you ask for treatment, please always ask if you can use your TAJ card for the service. If you need help and would like to visit the doctor, please contact your local, Hungarian-speaking mentor who can help you with finding a doctor.
In case of emergency, do not hesitate to visit a medical emergency service (“ügyelet”). In urgent cases, you will receive the medical treatment. Until you receive your TAJ card, in case of emergency, please always take with you your “Letter of Award” (scholarship holders), your “certificate of student status” and your passport and residence permit with the accommodation reporting form
More about health care in Hungary:
Official website “Study in Hungary”
Official website of the National Health Insurance Fund
Required documents for TAJ card (Stipendium Hungaricum)
TAJ-card request sheet – filled and signed
Authorization document – filled and signed
Both sides of your Letter of Award
issued by the Tempus Public Foundation (in case of Stipendium Hungaricum and Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship Programme),
Passport pages that include your personal data and the date of expiry of the document
Both sides of your valid residence permit – It has to contain MTE as the host institution (back side).
Both sides of your Accommodation reporting form
The document has to be validated by the Regional Directorate of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing
Additional documents required for students from Albania, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia or Turkey :
E-104 form issued, filled and stamped by the health insurance authority of your home country, issued less than 1 month ago. If you do not have this document, you have to fill and upload the Request sheet for E-104
Declaration filled and signed
Additional document required for students from Ukraine:
Declaration filled and signed
When you fill out the forms,
- print them out first,
- get a blue pen
- fill in all the lines by hand,
- use only CAPITAL LETTERS
This is the only official way, otherwise, your application will not be valid, and you have to restart the whole process from the beginning.
from citizens of neighbour countries: Form E 104 (not older than a month), ID or passport) (both the one from the neighbour country and the Hungarian one), Hungarian address card
from EEA nationals: Form E 104 (not older than a month)+Registration ceritificate (“regisztrációs igazolás”)+Official address card (“lakcímet igazoló hatósági igazolvány”)
According to the Hungarian Law (Tbj. 39.§ (2)), EEA nationals with permanent Hungarian accommodation (at least existing fo a year) are requested to pay a flat-rate contribution. The flat-rate contribution amounts to 8,400 HUF/month (280 HUF/day)and entitles to the full range of health care services. The payment of this flat-rate contribution is bound to Hungarian residence of at least one year preceding the date of registration. E104 documents can be found here.
IMPORTANT! If you do not apply for a TAJ card through the Quaestura Office, but directly at NEAK Customer Service, please bring the document containing your completed TAJ number and the documents required for the application to the Quaestura Office so that we can record all necessary data in the Neptun system! Please note that the TAJ number will remain invalid until the required data are recorded and the TAJ card will not be issued!
What should I do if my TAJ number is invalid?
In this case, please submit a case in the Other category. Please include these information: when and where you got the information that the number is invalid.
What should I do if my TAJ card expired?
In this case, you have to submit a case and request a new card, in this case category.
Please write in the comment section that you already have a TAJ number. You will have to upload all the listed documents in your case.
What should I do if I lost my TAJ card, or it is damaged?
In this case, go to the National Health Insurance Fund of Hungary and request a new card in person. The process might have a service fee.
STUDENTS WITHOUT A HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP
EEA AND SWISS CITIZEN STUDENTS:
Receive medically necessary treatment with their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) during their temporary stay in Hungary if they are insured in their homeland.
Need to apply for the EHIC from their health insurance institution in their homeland.
Need to pay a flat-rate contibution if they are not insured in their homeland and they intend to be subject to the full range of health care services.
STUDENTS WITH SERBIAN, MACEDONIAN, KOSOVAN, RUSSIAN, AND UKRAINIAN NATIONALITY:
Are entitled to emergency health care services during their temporary stay in Hungary.
STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES:
Are entitled to the benefits in kind if they conclude an agreement with the health insurance body of the county government office.
The charge amounts to 30% of the minimum wage, which shall be paid monthly in advance until the twelfth day of the subject month.
Except for emergency health care, students, who concluded an agreement, are entitled to health care services from the first day of the sixth month following the month of conclusion of the agreement if they pay the total amount of charges for the first six months simultaneously with the conclusion of the agreement.
Please read carefully the full detailed description of the National Health Insurance Fund (in Hungarian: Nemzeti Egészségbiztosítási Alapkezelő):
Health insurance of university students in Hungary (in English) https://mte.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Taj-igenyles.docx