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Note: This synopsis is made against the background of a serious refugee crisis and as the European Union cannot agree on how it should deal with situation any country may like Hungary implement without prior notice a different border policy. This may be difficult for non EU citizens or very difficult for anyone who is a refugee.

The European Union Member States:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Schengen Zone Border Information

Of the 28 countries listed above 22 are in the Schengen Zone. Switzerland  is not a member of the European Union but it is in the Schengen  zone. There are normally no border or passport controls for people travelling directly  by air land or sea between  two Schengen countries.

Countries in the Schengen Zone normally apply border and passport controls on their borders with other EU countries which  outside the Schengen Zone. Countries that are not in the Schengen Zone are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK. This means for example that entering Hungary by air or land from any of these counties particularly Bulgaria Croatia or Romania can be difficult.

General EU Border & Immigration Policy

All EU countries whether they are members of the Schengen Zone or not operate more rigid border and passport controls at their borders  with countries who are not an EU member state.  This means for example entering Hungary by air or land from the Balkan States including Serbia  and the Ukraine or Turkey can be very difficult for anyone without an EU passport.




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