In 2011 when visiting Hungary, we were very unsure what to expect. Reports were conflicting and the press seemed to have a new view on their politics – daily. We could not have been more presently surprised. After more than a decade of integration and time spent in Cyprus, Malta, Spain and Portugal and more recently Slovenia; Hungary was a breath of fresh air.
Budapest, in particular, seemed to encompass all the very best that the other countries we had visited so frequently, had on offer, whilst culturally offering a new level of interesting and sophisticated experiences. The people were highly receptive and friendly, and we were immediately aware of how reasonably priced everything was.
Once we had furnished our apartment and moved in, things started to connect. After some first meetings with the foreign ministry, we came to realize that South Africans were truly welcome in Hungary. Now some 11 years later and after helping many South Africans to acquire Hungarian EU Residency and Citizenship, we can truly say that Hungary offers the easiest and most affordable pathway by far when compared with any of the typical jurisdictions on offer.