Information on most relevant Hungarian regulation on guide dogs for blind people

The Hungarian legislation shall be implemented not only to Hungarians, but also to foreigners having a trained guide dog, if they have an official document (certificate) issued by a member organization of the Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEU) or Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

According to the Hungarian regulation, visually impaired people with their guide dog have the right to enter into and stay in all places open to public (public services, public buildings, or public institutions exept from closed areas), such as public transport means, shops (involving supermarkets, restaurants, markets etc.), hotels/accommodations, and social, educational, cultural  institutions, public baths, zoos, and any other public places. The blinds having guide dogs also have the right to use the operating but stopped escalons (E.g.: in the metro). Guide dogs can be used without muzzle. It means, that these dogs can travel on the board of public transport means without muzzle.

Referring to national rail travel, blind or partially sighted passsangers are granted 90% discount of ordinary fares, his or her guide dog can travel free of charge in Hungary. If the passanger has no guide dog, an accompanying person (guide) also is entitled for a 90% discount from the price.

The travelling by urban rail (HÉV),   within the administrative boundaries of Budapest is free of charge for blind passangers, as well as for  their guide dog or accompanying person. After having crossed the administrative boundaries of Budapest, the blind person and his/her accompanying person receive a 90% discount, meanwhile the guide dog can continue his/her travel free of charge.

The Hungarian Railways (MAV) and other Hungarian carriers (GYSEV) signed the IUR Agreement on Rail Transport for Blind People and their Guide issued in 1997 and amended in 2005. Visually impaired people residing in and travelling to any of the countries who signed this Agreement are entitled to a free ticket for their guide or guide dog provided that the return ticket is purchased in the country where the disability card was issued. In practice the Agreement does not apply to additional fees such as ‘reservation’ or ‘couchette’ which must be paid in full for both passengers.

Concerning the local transport  the blind passanger and his/her guide or guide dog can travel free of charge.

Regarding taxi services, ordering the service,  taxi company shall be informed in advance  about the demand of guide dog’s transportation.

Concerning accommodation possibilities, I suggest to inform the Hotel/accommodation ont he presence of guide dog in advance. There are many pet-friendly hotels in Hungary as well.

Referring to  the importation and  exportation of dogs, the EU legislation  to be applied in Hungary. When a dog is imported to Hungary an animal passport is needed set out by a veterinary, in which the administered vaccines and relevant dates are entered. No quarantine is necessary but anti-rabies vaccination is especially required. All dogs travelling to and from Hungary have to be vaccinated against rabies (vaccination has to be administered at least 21 days in advance and must be valid at least for one year) and be identified through transponder chip.

In public places guide dogs can be leaded only on doglead, exept from determined dog-tracks.