TAJ Card

As a Stipendium Hungaricum, Christian Young Scholarship or Diaspora holder, you are eligible for free health care in Hungary once you have your TAJ card. As a fee-paying student, you still have some options to obtain a TAJ card. Your TAJ number is also necessary to be legally employed in Hungary.  Please read below for more information!

First Application for Scholarship Holders

TAJ Renewal

Application for Fee-Paying Students

Application procedure

First application for Scholarship Holders

(SH, SCYP and Diaspora)

Once you have your Hungarian residence permit, you are able to apply for a TAJ card.

We organize regular TAJ APPLICATION APPOINTMENTS in the Stipendium Hungaricum Student Office (Room 102 on the first floor of building R).

Please bring the following documents – PRINTED & FILLED – with you to our appointments to apply for a TAJ card.

We do not accept incomplete applications!

The following documents are needed:

  • This application form (you can find a guide here)
  • A copy of your passport (valid for at least 3 months)
  • A copy of your residence permit card (both sides, valid for at least 3 months)
  • A copy of your address card (both sides, stamped by the Immigration Office, or printed version if you received a QR code from the Immigration Office) – You should write this address on the Application form and the Authorization form!
  • An original student status certificate with both signature and stamp, that you can get only by visiting the CAO personally. It has to be issued no longer than 30 days ago
  • Your Letter of Award (a document that proves that you are receiving a monthly stipend),
  • Authorization form: You need to fill it out, print it and sign it. You will also need two witnesses to sign it, they can be anyone you know (“tanú” means witness). We have a guide on how to fill out. 

We will be having many TAJ application appointments, please check out our calendar for dates!

    Renewal – TAJ card expired

    (for both fee-paying and scholarship holder students)

    To renew your TAJ card, please follow the instructions below:

    (1) Make sure that your residence permit is valid!
    (The expiration date of your TAJ card is usually the same as that of your residence permit. Also, to renew your residence permit, you must have valid health insurance, so you should start the process by renewing your residence permit before your TAJ card expires!)

    (2) Print out all of the listed documents:

    • this application form (you can find a guide here)
    • A copy of your passport (valid for at least 3 months),
    • A copy of your residence permit card (both sides, valid for at least 3 months),
    • A copy of your address card (both sides, stamped by the Immigration Office or printed version if you received a QR code from the Immigration Office),
    • An original student status certificate from the CAO that was issued no longer than 30 days ago,
    • Your Letter of Award (a document that proves that you are receiving a monthly stipend),

    (3) Visit the NEAK office in person with all the documents listed in (2):
    address of the NEAK office: 1139 Budapest, Teve Street, 1/a-c. Google Maps link: http://bit.ly/2vZHcWA
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    (4) Bring your NEW TAJ card to the CAO office (BME, building R) during the opening hours (found on their website) to register your new TAJ card in Neptun.

    Application for Fee-Paying Students

    As a fee-paying student, you are not entitled to free health care in Hungary. NEAK, which is the governmental body responsible for issuing TAJ cards, cannot take your application without a payment for the healthcare services.

    As of January 2023, the payment equals 30% of the Hungarian minimum wage for 24 months, that is currently equals 69,600 HUF/month, or 1,670,400 HUF altogether. You can set up payment schemes that fit as closely to your needs as possible (paying in one sum, or monthly instalments for a specific number of months, etc.). If you opt for paying monthly, you need to pay until the 12th of each month.

    You must keep in mind, that you are only eligible for emergency treatment before paying the above-mentioned sum altogether! This means that as long as you haven’t paid the whole 1,670,400 HUF, you can only use the public healthcare in emergency cases! If, at the time of the contract, you pay the whole amount, you will be entitled to health care services with full coverage from the first day of the following month.

    After paying the whole fee, using the TAJ card still comes with some restrictions:

    • You can only use emergency dental care.
    • Your TAJ card is only valid in Hungary, you cannot get free treatment in any other country with it (not even EEA member states).
    • You cannot sign up for transplantation and surgical waiting lists.
    • Any examinations or medications that are related to a medical condition that was present before the application for TAJ card are NOT covered.

    Application

    You can apply for a TAJ card in NEAK’s central office (address: 1139 Budapest, Teve Street, 1/a-c, Google Maps link: http://bit.ly/2vZHcWA). You need to present the following documents (they may ask for some more, depending on your country of origin):

    You need to present the following documents (they may ask for some more, depending on your country of origin):

    • Residence permit AND a photocopy of both of its sides
    • Passport AND a photocopy of its personal data page
    • Address card AND a copy of both of its sides (printed if you have a digital QR code version)
    • An original student status certificate (from the CAO)
    • Filled and signed health status form (you can download the document from here, the guide from here)

    Be aware that at least the first part of the fee (69,600 HUF) needs to be paid when the application is submitted at the NEAK’s office.

    Termination of contract

    The agreement is terminated if the contribution is not paid and can also be terminated by giving notice. If the monthly fee is not paid by the 12th of the month, it will be terminated from the start of next month or can be cancelled by visiting the NEAK central office personally.

    Be aware that within 3 days of termination the agreement, the physical card TAJ card (if you already received one) must be handed in at the government office.

    Downloadable documents for the application

    Visiting hours for Scholarship holder students are placed in the Stipendium Hungaricum Student Office, located on the ground floor of Building R. Check the appointments on the sheet below!

    Fee-paying students must visit the NEAK Office in person with all their documents! (address of the NEAK office: 1139 Budapest, Teve Street, 1/a-c. Google Maps link: http://bit.ly/2vZHcWA)

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    Letter of Authorization

    Fill this out, print it, and get it signed by two witnesses

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    Guide

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    Application Form

    Print it out, fill it and do not forget to sign it!

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    Microsoft Word

    Guide

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    Health Status Form

    ONLY FOR FEE-PAYING STUDENTS – Print and fill out

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    Guide

    More info about the process

    1. The International Mentor Team gathers your applications (for Stipendium Hungaricum, Christian Young Scholarship and Diaspora holders) and forwards them to the TAJ (NEAK) office if you are a Scholarship holder. If you are a fee-paying student, you hand in your documents directly at the NEAK office.
    2. A clerk at the TAJ office logs your data on their digital system and generates your TAJ number.
    3. Your number is sent to BME and added to your Neptun (you can find it on the ‘My Data’ tab as ‘Social Security number’). Your number is still inactive; hence, you cannot access healthcare with it, but you can apply for jobs.
    4. After your TAJ number is added to Neptun, the Central Information System for Higher Education processes your application and decides whether you are eligible for it, or need further supporting documents.
    5. Once the TAJ office receives a notice from the Central Information System, they can launch the production of your TAJ card.
    6. When ready, your card is sent to BME. You will receive a Neptun message once your card is ready for collection.

    For the renewal procedure, step 3 is omitted.

    What can you do if your card gets destroyed, damaged or lost?

    In case of loss, theft, destruction or damage of the TAJ card, you can request a new TAJ card by filling in an application form (downloadable from the homepage of the National Health Insurance Fund Management Company) (TAJ card duplicate).

    Once you filled in the application form, it must be filed at the government agency of District XIII., Budapest (address: 1139 Budapest, Teve Street, 1/a-c.,
    Google Maps link: http://bit.ly/2vZHcWA).

    Please note that the replacement cost of the TAJ card is 3,000 HUF (administrative service charge). In case your card is stolen, you need to report the loss at your local Police station and the replacement will be free of charge.

    If the TAJ card issuing office becomes aware of the theft of the TAJ card, it will arrange the replacement of the card without special request. In the event of police accusations, the police will always notify the health insurer of the theft of the TAJ card.

    Healthcare in Hungary

    Everyone, who is entitled to the Hungarian National Health Insurance, has the right to have access to adequate, permanently accessible (24 hours a day) medical care within the limits set by the law. The health care service must meet the requirements of equal treatment.

    There are certain health care benefits which are free of charge, and there are some for which you need to pay a supplementary fee.

    Please read our Medical Help guide, it contains a lot of useful information!

     

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