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An update on our pre-departure customs clearance process

From 1 March 2023, there is an additional change to pre-departure customs clearance process due to European Union Import Control System (EU ICS2).


The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • Bullion and currency
  • Copied videos, DVD’s, cassettes and CD’s
  • Food and beverages harmful to health
  • Narcotics
  • Natural fertilisers
  • Press and publications and printed matter- offensive by nature
  • Publications embarrassing to the interests of the Hungarian Republic or contrary to public order of morality
  • Roots, stems and leaves of potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant
  • Weapons

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Cinematographic films
  • Medicines
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceutical goods
  • Vegetables and products of vegetable origin
  • Weapons

Automobile spare parts

Hungary admits gifts of automobile spare parts (one of each kind) for the use of an individual person, subject to 60% customs duty assessed on the domestic retail value.

Medicines and medical products

Hungary admits medicines and medical products for the use of an individual person, to the quantities shown on the prescription or medical certificate. Medical products and vaccines sent to authorised institutes do not require the permission of the Ministry of Public Health. Items sent to the Hungarian Red Cross, to schools and to medical institutes or other establishments for teaching, science or research, are exempt from customs duties only if these establishments become the owners of the items.

Gift items

  1. Medicaments addressed to private persons, in their original packing and packed by the pharmaceutical company or pharmacy, and therapeutic treatments prescribed by a competent attending physician, the quantity of which is determined by the latter.
  2. Items addressed to the Hungarian Red Cross.
  3. Gifts sent by foreign charitable organizations for Hungarian charitable organizations.
  4. Packages containing medicaments, nutritive provisions and clothing sent without recompense for churches and religions recognized by law, for free distribution amongst the Hungarian population.
  5. Building materials, installations and covering and decoration materials sent without recompense for the renovation or restoration of monuments classified as such by the issue of a certificate by the National Monuments Office.

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 3.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

All commercial items or merchandise must include an invoice on an original letterhead with date, reference number, original signature and stamp. The invoice must clearly describe the contents and itemise each by number of units, value, country of origin and terms of trade. It should also include the type of currency and the reason for export. The table shows other documentary requirements.

Item Required documentation
Jewellery, and other items with gold, silver or platinum in their make up.

Required documentation

Hallmark of the Institute of Control and Authentication of Precious Metals.

Red pepper and pimento.

Required documentation

Examination certificate issued by the National Agriculture Substances Quality Control Institute.

Mineral waters, animal products, vegetable substances and veterinary medicaments.

Required documentation

Written authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Plants or seeds

Required documentation

Phytosanitary certificate in one of the official languages of the EU, addressed to the National Plant Protection Organisation. 

Non-Hungarian films.

Required documentation

Written authority of the Ministry of Culture

Radio transmitters or transmitter-receivers.

Required documentation

Written authority of the Ministry of Communications and Posts.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.

Delivery locations & exclusions data (Personal)

  • International Express (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels deliver to main cities and towns

    International Express (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels deliver to main cities and towns. Please ensure you include a telephone, mobile or fax number on the consignment note for International Express - Parcel and Airmail items. 

    International Express - Parcels does deliver to a Post Office Box and Poste Restante

For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Magyar Posta website.