Bureaucracy is no one’s friend in Hungary

I would say it is difficult for foreigners in general to go to any Government Office in Hungary, but even Hungarians tell me they struggle. No matter who you speak to, there is no logic to the red tape and paper work,no one understand the system. Funnily enough I always get the impression not even the government employees really know what is going on.

Over the last 6 months I’ve visited many offices and the story is always the same.

You get your number, you wait ages, you get to the counter and they either claim you are in the wrong place, you do not have the right paper work or you’re not in the system.

I always get the impression they don’t want to help you or in reality they don’t know what the real answer is (because no one understands the system) so they tell you anything, like you need another paper, just to get rid of you so they don’t have to deal with it!

More often than not you go back for the 2nd or 3rd time with the requested paper work, you speak to a different person and they tell you it’s not required and amazingly they can deal with your request.

The below blog by mia some ups the immigration office very well and I had a similar experience.

http://miaworld.blogspot.hu/2006/08/i-hate-hungarian-bureaucracy.html

I can laugh about these experiences now, but at the time it is very frustrating and time consuming.

The moral of the story is!

If you do ever have to deal with these offices, take every physical piece of official paper work you own (original and copies) some one who speaks Hungarian and don’t forget your mothers maiden name!

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