Coronavirus: Rules On Travel For Non-Hungarian Citizens Remain In Place

  • 11 Jun 2020 10:39 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Coronavirus: Rules On Travel For Non-Hungarian Citizens Remain In Place
Border controls were lifted on all of Hungary’s Schengen borders effective Monday but general travel rules applying to non-Hungarian citizens remain in place, said the spokesman for the board coordinating Hungary’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Róbert Kiss told an online press conference that special rules apply to Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Austrian, Slovenian and German citizens, on international humanitarian transit and international freight transport to Hungary.

Police will continue checks within Hungary’s administrative area in line with the authorisation granted by the legal regulations in force, he added.

He also said that the operative board had decided to set up a deployment unit for the state of health security in the second phase of protection against the epidemic.

This unit will be tasked with taking necessary on-site action in case a novel coronavirus infection is reported in an institution or area, he added.

Summary of Key Travel Rules in Hungary, By U.S. Embassy Budapest

  • Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc airport remains open: only Hungarian citizens and permanent resident card holders of the European Economic Area (EU member states, Switzerland, and Norway), other permanent resident card holders who have close Hungarian relatives, and diplomats with resident cards are able to enter Hungary.
  • Per the airport authority, foreign citizens who are turned away by the authorities must wait in the designated transit area until departure. Passengers arriving at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport, which saw the relaunch of some flights, will undergo a compulsory medical test upon arrival. Depending on the test’s result, they may be taken to hospital quarantine or ordered to stay in home quarantine for 14 days.
  • As of May 4, businesspeople from six countries can enter Hungary according to a government decree published in Magyar Közlöny. Citizens of the Czech Republic, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Germany, Austria and Slovakia may freely enter Hungary from these respective territories for business purposes.

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Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller told the same press conference that the number of active infections was considerably and continually decreasing.

The number of recovered patients is now twice the number of active infections, she added.

In response to a question concerning a 37-year-old man who had died from the virus even though he had no underlying illness, she said in some rare cases the infection develops extremely fast.

The government office is carrying out an investigation and all contacts of the man are being closely monitored, she added.

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"The number of confirmed people infected with the coronavirus in Hungary now stands at 4,039. The number of deaths stands at 553, while the number of those recovered now stands at 2,391."

Also in this briefing: Action against similar cases to recent double child murder in Hungary.

Justice Minister Judit Varga said the justice ministry submitted a proposal to parliament on Tuesday to introduce stricter conditions on parole in an effort to enforce its zero tolerance on violence policy.

The proposal involves excluding the possibility of parole in case of convicted murderers and those that committed serious violent crimes against next of kin, she said on Wednesday.

In order to better protect relatives, the proposal also includes appointing a probation officer and issuing a restraining order against those who are on parole after committing violence against next of kin, she added.

The government aims to prevent cases similar to a recent double child murder in Győr, she said.

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