New Rules For Entry Of Guest Workers Heading For Western Europe Through Hungary

  • 22 Apr 2020 2:26 PM
New Rules For Entry Of Guest Workers Heading For Western Europe Through Hungary
Ukrainian, Romanian and Serbian guest workers heading for Western Europe are only being allowed to enter the territory of Hungary during a fixed period of four hours.

Further conditions are that they do not display symptoms of coronavirus infection, verify that they meet the Schengen entry requirements, and have proof that their entry into the country of destination is guaranteed, a staff member of the duty centre of the Operational Group responsible for the containment of the coronavirus epidemic said at an online press conference held on Tuesday.

Róbert Kiss said guest workers have four hours to enter the country at Röszke, Nagylak and Záhony. Upon entry, yellow warning stickers are displayed on their vehicles in which they are only allowed to travel on the designated transit routes. A fixed time slot has also been determined for the exit of guest workers.

Guest workers entering the territory of Hungary are given written information about the fixed time slots, but their attention is also drawn to the new regulations verbally.

The new border traffic control system serves to ensure that guest workers heading for Western Europe should leave the country within the shortest possible time, he added.

Regarding the restrictions on movement, the Lt. Colonel said people mostly violate the rules by leaving their homes for non-essential reasons, and frequently fail to observe the rules relating to social distancing. In a smaller number of cases, people commit infringements by not going to shops during the hours determined for them, or by staying on the premises of catering establishments for purposes that are not allowed.

He said at present there are minor delays in incoming cargo traffic at Rajka and Hegyeshalom.

Since the introduction of the restrictions on movement on 28 March, the police have been required to take action in 27,497 instances; they have cautioned 14,946 persons, have imposed 6,568 onsite fines, and have prosecuted 5,983 persons.

In connection with the epidemic, 255 criminal procedures have been instituted, 65 due to scaremongering, 26 due to the threat of public danger, 13 due to the violation of disease control regulations and 73 due to fraud. In these cases, 49 suspects have been questioned.

In answer to a question from the press, Mr Kiss said those required to stay in compulsory home quarantine are allowed to work from home. The rules in effect do not restrict the right to work; they only lay down that persons in compulsory home quarantine are registered by the competent government offices and the police check whether they comply with the rules.

He observed that the number of persons in compulsory home quarantine had further decreased to 11,172; on Monday, 615 persons were required to undergo quarantine restrictions.

The police have checked persons in compulsory home quarantine more than 260,000 times, he added.


MTI Photo: Zoltán Gergely Kelemen

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