The accommodation provider is required by law to scan the data on a photographic ID suitable for establishing identity when the guest arrives, using an ID scanner, then using the Property Management System, the data are recorded in the repository provided by the hosting provider specified by the Government in a decree. Section 34 (1) of Government Decree 414/2015 of 23 December on the rules for issuing identity cards and on the uniform recording of likenesses and signatures requires guests to present an identity card to the accommodation provider: “Hungarian citizens, immigrants, permanent residents, refugees and persons with protected status shall be required to hold a valid identity card, to keep it save and to present it in the cases and in the manner specified by law, when requested to do so. On expiry of the identity card, if it is withdrawn, if eligibility ends, or a new permanent identity card is issued, the identity card must be handed in to the authority authorised to receive it”.
Under operative Hungarian law, all citizens are required to have an identity document (identity card, passport or driving licence card) regardless of age, thus now including the newborn. The law makes no distinction based on age regarding the obligation to present the document, so all guests are required to present a photographic identity document upon arrival. There is no age limit for applying for identity cards for children. Please note that if you or anyone travelling with you does not have a valid identity document before setting off on your journey, we recommend that you read the conditions for the issue, replacement and renewal of Hungarian identity documents in good time, available on Government Customer Service [Kormányablak] information websites, and that you take the necessary steps to ensure that all travellers will have valid identity documents by the time they arrive at the accommodation:
The law only requires that statistical data be supplied to the National Tourism Data Supply Centre (NTDSC). This means that only statistical and turnover data pertaining to guests as recorded in the Property Management System by the accommodation provider must be recorded and submitted to the NTDSC. The NTDSC will not obtain any personal data. The VIZA system is entirely separate from the NTDSC. The personal data that the accommodation provider records in the Property Management System using the ID scanner are entered into the VIZA system in an encrypted manner. The NTDSC and VIZA are two independent systems that are connected to the Property Management System by two entirely separate IT channels.
You should contact the company which you purchased the ID scanner from, or the manufacturer or distributor of the Property Management System. If you are having trouble with the VENDÉGEM (My Guest) application, or have any questions about it, call customer service at +36-1-550-1855 or write to the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address.
No, expired documents are not able to identify guests. Under Section 9/H (1) (b) of the Tourism Act, the user of an accommodation service is required to present the accommodation provider with a document suitable for establishing their identity for the purpose of recording the data, and the given person can only be identified on the basis of a valid document. Under Act LXVI of 1992 on Keeping Records on the Personal Data and Addresses of Citizens, expired documents are not valid.
Under Act LXVI of 1992 on Keeping Records on the Personal Data and Addresses of Citizens, the identity card is invalid if
According to Section 9/H (2) of Act CLVI of 2016 on State Functions Pertaining to the Development of Tourism Regions, the user of an accommodation service shall present the document under paragraph (1)(b) to the accommodation provider for the purpose of recording the data. If the documents are not presented, the accommodation provider shall refuse to provide the accommodation service. The accommodation service is provided on the basis of a civil law agreement entered into between the accommodation provider and the guest. If the guest fails to present documents to the accommodation provider, the provider is required to refuse to provide the accommodation service; the accommodation provider is not given the option to act at his own discretion. In this case, it is the guest who fails to fulfil his obligations stemming from the agreement. According to the legal position of the HTA, this case is equivalent to the guest failing to appear at the accommodation at the start of the service. Thus, if the guest fails to present the required identity documents, the general rules for a breach of contract or for the cancellation of a booking may be applied. The parties agree on the rules pertaining to cancellation (the proportion of the price for the service payable by the guest) according to the rules of civil law (e.g. as part of the general terms and conditions).