The Hungarian Government has issued a new decree. This decree will enter into effect on the 1st of September, 2020, and is in effect for one month (UPDATED – see further below). This decree applies to all personal travel with a civilian passport and with other IDs.
Within this decree the following categories are considered equal with people with Hungarian nationality:
– anyone who is legally authorized for permanent residency within Hungary, and their family members, if they are able to prove this with a document
– anyone who has a permit allowing residency for more than 90 days issued by the Immigrations Office, and shows this permit upon entry into Hungary (Registration cards and Residency cards issued by the Immigrations Office in Veszprém for dependents of HAW military members; Residency cards issued by the Immigrations Office for third-country nationals working in NAM PO)
– anyone who is a member of a Hungarian sports club and is returning from a sports event organized abroad
This decree does not apply to:
– commercial traffic
– travelling with a service passport
– persons who can prove with an official document that they have had COVID-19 and have recovered within 6 months before entry into Hungary.
This decree considers as official travel any entry into Hungary with the purpose of an official visit.
Rules of entry for people with Hungarian nationality and those considered equal with Hungarian nationality (detailed above):
Hungarian nationals coming from abroad, and non-Hungarian family members of the Hungarian national will be subject to a health exam.
If the individual is suspected to have COVID-19, authorities will either assign a place of quarantine, or if it is feasible, the individual will be ordered to be in quarantine for 14 days (UPDATED – see further below).
If the individual is not suspected to have COVID-19 and the individual has a place of residence in Hungary, they will be ordered to be in quarantine in their home for 14 days (UPDATED – see further below). If the individual doesn’t have a place of residence in Hungary, they will be assigned a place of quarantine for 14 days (UPDATED – see further below).
It is possible to get an exemption for leaving quarantine for the time of carrying out two PCR tests with a difference of 48 hours. Getting the authorities to lift quarantine regulations is only possible with two negative PCR tests carried out in Hungary at the individual’s own cost (UPDATED – see further below). The process of getting out of quarantine can be found in this post.
Rules of entry for non-Hungarian nationals
Non-Hungarian nationals are not allowed to enter Hungary unless they fall under one of the exemptions of this decree.
Possible exemptions (UPDATED – see further below)
Hungarian Police may grant a waiver in the following cases:
– participation in a Hungarian legal case, proven by official documents
– official activities which must be proven by an invitation letter from a central governmental organization, an autonomous regulatory body, or an autonomous administrative organization
– appointment at a medical facility proven by a referral or other official document
– having to complete exams, proven by a document issued by the school
– commercial traffic, proven by a document issued by the individual’s workplace
– participation in family events (wedding, christening, funeral)
– having to care for a relative as described in Hungarian Legislation
– participation in international sports, cultural or religious events
– any other cases which can be exempt based on Hungarian Police decision.
The request can be submitted only electronically in Hungarian or in English (CLO disclaimer: the English platform is now available, however it is still half in Hungarian, so please visit us if you need help), and can be submitted with a power of attorney.
If entering at the same time and for the same reason, one applicant should submit one request for all those entering.
The request must include the reason of entry, details of the identification document used for entering Hungary (type and number of document), and the following attachments must also be included:
– a copy of the document proving the reason as detailed above (if applicable)
– power of attorney if applicable
The request must be submitted electronically through the Hungarian government portal (‘Ügyfélkapu’), or if not available, through the form which can be found on the Hungarian Police’s website. (https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/uj-ugy-inditasa/)
Requests will be disapproved
– if the Police has a doubt regarding the reason of entry
– if the Police sees the entry as a risk from a health perspective or from a security perspective.
If the request if approved, original copies of the abovementioned proof documents must be shown upon entry into Hungary. If the document is fake or if the requestor doesn’t present it, entry will be denied.
If the request is approved, the requestor will be subject to a health exam upon entry into the country. If the individual is suspected to have COVID-19, entry will be denied. If the individual is not suspected to have COVID-19, they will be placed into mandatory quarantine.
It is possible to get an exemption for leaving quarantine for the time of carrying out PCR tests. Getting the authorities to lift quarantine regulations is only possible with two negative PCR tests carried out in Hungary (UPDATED – see further below) at the individual’s own cost.
Military convoys are allowed to enter Hungary.
Owners or representatives of international companies linked to other companies (specifically defined by the relevant minister) may enter Hungary.
Daily commuters from neighboring countries may enter Hungary for a maximum of 24 hours within 30 km of the border.
This decree is an amendment to the above decree. Hungarians, their non-Hungarian family members, as well as people treated equally with Hungarians in the original decree can enter Hungary without quarantine coming from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland if:
– they have an accommodation booking in one of the aforementioned three countries on the day prior to their entry to Hungary, which was made before this decree amendment came into effect,
– they have a negative PCR test carried out in Hungary after their entry into the country.
Czech, Slovakian and Polish citizens can enter Hungary if:
– they have an accomodation booking for the month of September in Hungary made prior to the date of this decree amendment,
– they have a negative PCR test in Hungarian or in English not older than 5 days at the moment of entry into Hungary.
This decree comes into effect at 09:00 on the 1st of September, 2020.
This decree becomes void on the 1st of October, 2020.
A new amendment to the above decree has been published, valid as of 05 Sep, 2020.
Employees of Hungarian cultural institutions are to be treated equally with Hungarians if they are entering the country after attending a cultural event abroad as a performer or a technician.
The first of the two negative PCR tests needed to be able to get out of quarantine can be done in a Schengen-member country, the USA or Canada, and will be accepted if the results are in English or in Hungarian.
A new paragraph has been added regarding business travel. If Hungarians and those to be treated equally with Hungarians leave the country for business purposes, and they can prove this upon returning to Hungary, they can enter the country without any restrictions. If border police has doubts regarding the validity of the document used for proving that it was a business trip, the same restrictions apply as in the original decree (14-day quarantine).
If a non-Hungarian is entering the country for business purposes, and they can prove this at the border, they can enter the country without any restrictions. If border police has doubts regarding the validity of the document used for proving that it was a business trip, the same restrictions apply as in the original decree (they will be denied entry).
It is now not only sportsmen that can enter the country if they have two negative COVID-19 PCR tests done within 5 days and with a minimum of 48 hours difference, but also employees of cultural institutions if they are entering as performers or technical personell of a cultural event to be held in Hungary.
Spectators of sports events and cultural events can enter Hungary. They might be subject to a health check at the border, and they must be able to present their ticket to the relevant event, as well as one negative PCR test result done within 3 days before entering the country. They must leave Hungary within 72 hours of entering.
The latest updated decree is as follows:
- Mandatory covering of the nose and mouth – in effect from 21.09.2020
Everyone is obliged to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth in the following situations. This does not apply to children below 6 years old.
– on public transportation
– in restaurants, pubs, bars, etc.; except if you are a sit-down guest
– in shopping malls; except if you are a sit-down guest in the food court, in the office areas, in gyms and technical rooms
– in all performance art venues (especially theaters, dance venues, music venues); except if you are the performer
– in movie theaters; except in office areas and technical rooms
– in museums, in libraries, in image- and sound archives, in community venues, in integrated cultural venues, in archives, during opening hours in customer service offices, post offices, in any space where customers are welcome and there is a possibility for more than 5 people (including the employees) to be in the space at the same time
– in public transportation waiting areas
– anyone entering a health institution (hospitals, doctor’s offices, etc.); except for patients in their own hospital rooms
– in social institutions (old people’s homes, public aid facilities, etc.)
In all cases it is the venue’s (shops, stores, malls, theaters, etc.) manager’s responsibility to make sure everyone adheres to the rules, and they are authorized to implement sanctions as per their own regulations.
On public transportation, any of the transportation company’s employees are responsible for making sure everyone wears their masks in the correct manner, and must implement sanctions if someone breaks the rules – at least by fining them.
Anyone who refuses to wear a mask in the correct way or to leave the vehicle, will be banned from travelling, and will be handed over to the police.
Anyone not wearing their mask in the correct way in any of the abovementioned venues, will be ordered to leave the premises. The Police may step in at any moment in any of the abovementioned venues.
If the Police finds that management isn’t checking their guests, they will receive a first warning the first time, a fine between 100 000 HUF and 1 000 000 HUF the second time, the store will be closed for between 3 days and 1 year the third time. These warnings can happen on the same day, and sanctions may not be implemented if management asked the guest to adhere to the rules, refused service, asked the guest to leave, and called the Police if none of the above worked.
- Protective measures in educational institutions – in effect from 01.10.2020
Employees of educational institutions, workers entering the school to carry out their job, and students above 18 years old may only enter the building if their body temperature isn’t higher than the limit specified by the Surgeon General of Hungary, which is 37,8 degrees Celsius.
Students below 18 years of age, whose body temperature is higher than the limit specified by the Surgeon General must be isolated, and their parents/legal caregivers must be notified immediately.
The Surgeon General will announce the limit specified.
The head of the educational institution is responsible for making sure that these rules are followed.
Everyone entering the building must accept to have their temperature measured.
Only employees, contracted workers, students are allowed to enter the building. One person is allowed to accompany the child until the point of temperature check, given that they are wearing a mask in the correct way.
- Music, dance events, and opening hours of restaurants, pubs, bars, etc. – in effect from 21.09.2020
Dance and music events may be held if the number of participants is below 500, including the employees. This goes for all events, regardless of where and how they are organized.
It is forbidden to be present at the venue between 11pm and 6am the next day, unless you work there, and unless you are picking up pre-ordered food and drinks.
- Regulations regarding entering Hungary – in effect from 21.09.2020
Regulations mentioned in the original decree have been extended until midnight of the 31st of October.
The 14-day mandatory quarantine mentioned in the original decree is reduced to 10 days.
- Regulations on prices of medical services
The flu vaccine can be requested for free in 2020 and 2021 – in effect from 01.10.2020.
SARS COV-2 RT-PCR tests have a maximum price of 19 500 HUF in all accredited testing points, unless the test is prescribed by a GP, in which case it is for free. – in effect from 21.09.2020