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Hungarian Foreign Ministry: “You’d Better Be Extra Cautious While Traveling Abroad During The Holidays!”

By Tamás Székely // 2016.12.05.

Hungary’s Foreign Ministry has warned Hungarians to be extra cautious when traveling abroad around the Christmas holidays, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said. He asked travellers to register with the consular service website, specifying the city where they were going. He said embassies would be on call round the clock.

Szijjártó said the US state department has also warned US citizens of the risk of terror attacks when travelling in Europe and Europool has issued a warning that the Islamic State terrorist organisation is likely to plan further attacks. Whereas such attacks were earlier mostly directed at police or state officials, it is now believed that attacks against civilians may become more likely. Attacks against IS in some parts of Iraq could also encourage the terrorists to take revenge, Szijjártó said.

Meanwhile the Central Statistical Office (KSH) has released a report about Hungarian citizens’ trips abroad. Hungarians made 5.53 million trips abroad in the third quarter of 2016, 7.7% more than in the same period last year. 3.1 million trips were one-day trips and 2.35 million were for a longer time period. Hungarians in total spent 18.35 million days travelling and the average trip lasted 3.3 days.

The total time spent travelling was up by 4.8% compared to the third quarter of 2015. Hungarians spent 250.75 billion forints on travelling abroad, 16% more than in the base period. Around 82% of the spending was tied to tourist trips, 11% was spent on purchasing goods and services and 7.7% on work or studying. Most of the foreign travel targeted Austria, 1.67 million of the total, followed by Slovakia with 946,000 trips, Romania with 528,000, Ukraine with 492,000 and Croatia with 467,000.

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