State Dept. Decreases ESTA Validity Period for Hungarian Passport Holders

The US Department of State has notified the government of Hungary that, effective August 1, 2023, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) validity period for travel by Hungarian passport holders is reduced from two years to one year. Additionally, the validity of an ESTA for Hungarian passport holders is limited to a single use.

This reduction in ESTA validity will only affect new ESTA applications received after the effective date of this notice and is not retroactive. All ESTA approvals granted prior to August 1, 2023 remain valid for two years and for multiple entries.

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The change will remain until the security concerns underlying it are addressed. According to the State Department, the government of Hungary’s simplified naturalization process granted Hungarian citizenship to nearly one million people between 2011 and 2020 without adequate security measures in place to verify their identities.

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