The U.S. Embassy in Hungary has announced that it has made significant changes to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for Hungarian passport holders in response to security vulnerabilities in the application for Hungarian citizenship:
The shortened ESTA validity period for Hungarian citizens applies only to new applications submitted after August 1st, 2023. All existing ESTA authorizations issued before this date will remain valid for the original two-year period, allowing for multiple entries into the United States.
The ESTA program allows travelers from 41 countries to enter the United States without a visa for up to 90 days. Previously, all ESTA beneficiaries - regardless of citizenship - had to meet the same requirements to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
The U.S. Embassy recommends that Hungarian citizens who meet all eligibility requirements apply for ESTA well in advance of their intended travel to avoid possible interruptions or delays. It is also recommended to check the official website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Hungary for the latest updates and guidelines regarding the visa application process and ESTA approval.