Details Of Exceptions To Ban On Foreigners Entering Hungary

  • 31 Aug 2020 1:23 PM
  • Hungary Matters
Details Of Exceptions To Ban On Foreigners Entering Hungary
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic foreigners are not allowed to enter Hungary from 1 September; however, certain people are exempt from the ban, a Government Spokesperson announced on Kossuth Radio’s programme ‘Good morning, Hungary’ this Monday.

Official exceptions are made for:

* foreigners on official business involving state organisations,

* those certified to receive health care,

* students with a certification from an educational institution,

* visitors taking part in family events such as weddings,

* participants of international sporting, cultural or church events.

Foreigners whose applications for entry are approved must go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine which may be lifted only after two negative Covid-19 tests taken at least 48 hours apart.

The decree allows for the unrestricted entry by foreign executives or employees of Hungarian companies as well as of foreign companies registered in some designated countries.

A separate decree issued by the interior minister specifies those designated countries as “any country”.

Foreign commuters residing no more than 30km from the Hungarian border are allowed entry into the country for periods of no more than 24 hours.

Foreign travellers in transit are also allowed entry into the country if they can certify their destinations and reasons for travel. They must remain on designated travel routes and must leave the country within 24 hours.

The decree stipulates that Hungarians returning from abroad must also go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The quarantine may be lifted only after the arrival produces two negative Covid-19 tests taken at least 48 hours apart.

'Visegrad Four' countries are also exempt from the ban e.g. Czech citizens with negative coronavirus tests will be allowed into Hungary after Sept. 1, if the test results are not older than five days, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a post on Facebook on Monday.

MTI Photo: Csaba Krizsán

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