Hungary (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for some travellers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 11.08.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Hungary and their family members;
– passengers with a permanent residence permit issued by Hungary, and their family members;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Hungary with a validity longer than 90 days;
– passengers with a “D” visa issued by Hungary;
– passengers entering Hungary to transit by land to a third country. They must prove that they can enter the final destination, or prove that they can enter a neighboring country in order to reach their final destination;
– passengers traveling on business;
– passengers with a signed and stamped letter issued by the Deputy-Chief Officer of the National Police;
– passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) showing that:
– they have received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 1 year before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sputnik V; or
– have a positive COVID-19 test taken at most 6 months before arrival. They must also have a recovery certificate; or
– have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
More details can be found at http://www.police.hu/en/content/information-on-general-rules-of-border-crossing
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at most 6 months before arrival. They must also have a recovery certificate;
– passengers with an immunity COVID-19 certificate issued by Albania, Bahrain, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or Uzbekistan, and minors under 18 years in their company;
– passengers with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. The test result must be in English or Hungarian and issued in Albania, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russian Fed., Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA or Uzbekistan.
2. Passengers could be subject to medical screening.
3. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/3w7padwk
4. Airline crew are subject to medical screening and quarantine until their next scheduled flight.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

GENERAL EXEMPTION CATEGORIES

Regardless of the passenger’s citizenship, the restrictions do not apply to travellers:

-recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months from the date of entry;
-holding a Hungarian immunity certificate and their accompanying minor children (only if they travel together);
-holding an immunity certificate that is recognised by Hungary based on unilateral/bilateral agreements (see the list of these country), and their accompanying minor children (only if they travel together);
-arriving to Hungary through land borders from Serbia, excluding the case of entry by civil aircraft;
-crossing the border in relation to freight traffic;
-crossing the border with a diplomatic passport, foreign service passport, service passport and seaman’s passport.

Travellers fulfilling one of the above mentioned criteria do not need any permission, nor prior PCR tests in order to enter Hungary, they do not need to go into isolation, and their length of stay is not limited.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS BASED ON CITIZENSHIP AND PURPOSE OF STAY

Special measures apply to travels not falling into the general exemption categories, based on their citizenship and purpose of their stay as follows.

Hungarian citizens are allowed to enter Hungary (no need for entry permit or PCR test) regardless of the purpose of stay, but they must go into isolation for 10 days, or until they can present two negative PCR tests performed two days apart.

Non Hungarian citizens can enter Hungary only in exceptional cases depending on the purpose of stay.

-The entry of non-Hungarian travellers not falling into the general exemption categories (see above), or the essential and special entry purpose categories (listed below) is currently not allowed. Tourism is considered as a non-essential purpose of entry.;

-Non-Hungarian travellers with an entry purpose listed below are allowed to enter Hungary if they hold an entry permit issued by the Hungarian Police. No prior PCR test is needed. The permit holders must go into isolation for 10 days, that can be shortened by performing 2x PCR tests in Hungary. These are:

*attending a court hearing
*receiving medical treatment
*completing studies or exam obligations (certified by the education institution)
*transport related work activities
*participating at a family event (wedding, funeral)
*caregiving to a family member
*or any other, duly justified case that can be approved on equity bases.

The entry permit can be received by submitting an online application on the Hungarian Police’s website: https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/uj-ugy-inditasa/

Citizens of neighbouring states and Hungarian citizens living there may enter the territory within a distance of 30 kilometres from the state border for a maximum of 24 hours, but they may not leave this lane. Hungarians living in this 30-kilometre lane can also enter if they have stayed in the 30-kilometre lane from the border of the neighbouring state for less than 24 hours.

Special privileges are granted for citizens and residents of specified countries, arriving from the country of citizenship to Hungary with the purpose of business or gainful activities.

Further information on travelling to Hungary is available here visithungary – Entry rules (https://visithungary.com/articles/entry-rules-in-force) in force in force and on the police.hu – General rules of border crossing (http://www.police.hu/en/content/information-on-general-rules-of-border-crossing)
 

Lockdown Details

Masks are not mandatory in outdoor public spaces and indoors in shops or on public transport.

In health and social care institutions wearing a facemask is required.

-No minimum distance is required outdoors.

The minimum distance of 1.5 metres is recommended in public spaces indoors. Employers have to implement measures to ensure the interpersonal distancing.

-Up to 100 people can attend family and private events.

Sport is free in public spaces.

Weddings are limited to 400 participants.

Indoor sport and cultural events or outdoor events with over 500 people can only be attended by people with immunity certificate. People under 18 can only attend these events with immunity certificate or being accompanied by a person with immunity card

-Passengers are obliged to wear a face mask and keep a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres (if possible) while on board of the vehicles. In Budapest and in cities with county status, companies that provide local public transport services must increase the frequency of trips on weekdays between 7:00 and 9:00 and between 15:00 and 19:00.

Stores are open. It’s possible to enter even without immunity certificate.

Catering establishments are open. No restrictions in place for guests.
 

Sources

http://www.police.hu/en/content/information-on-general-rules-of-border-crossing
Data Source: covidcontrols.co