- 9 Apr 2021 9:54 AM
- Hungary Matters
It is an “eerie coincidence” that the government announced the relaxation of epidemic rules would take place on the very day of the deadline set by the European federation UEFA for potential host cities to announce whether they would be able to accommodate fans during the championship, board member Judit Földi Rácz told an online press briefing.
UEFA announced earlier that matches can only be held in cities that allow fans to enter the stadiums, she said, adding the government should make it clear whether the opening was announced on Wednesday just because of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “hobby”.
Budapest is scheduled to host three Group F matches on June 15, 19 and 23, and a round of 16 match on June 27.
MLSZ reports fans will be admitted under strict conditions
European football's governing body UEFA has announced in an official press release that this summer’s European Championship will be held in front of spectators. Budapest's aim is for the fans to be able to occupy 100% of the seats in the Puskás Arena during the three group matches and one knockout-stage match, but only if all of the strict entry requirements can be met.
In its communication, UEFA thanked the member associations and the national and local authorities which are working closely with the governing body to ensure the safe return of supporters to stadia. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also involved in order to reduce the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eight host cities have already confirmed the projected, amended capacity of their stadium based on the pandemic situation and the foreseeable development of vaccinations in their countries by June and July.
Fans travelling abroad to matches must comply with the country's border-crossing restrictions and rules (including quarantine rules). Host countries don't typically exempt fans with tickets from these regulations, but four host cities, including Budapest, have announced that the authorities may put in place special procedures to facilitate entry into their countries.
Foreign citizens travelling to Budapest may enter the country with two negative COVID tests taken in the five days prior to entry, or a document certifying recovery from COVID in the past six months.
Participation in the matches continues to still be optional, given that fans who wish to redeem the full price of their previously-purchased tickets can do so on UEFA's official ticket-sales portal until 18:00 CET on 22 April.
Also concerning Hungary, the members of the Supporters' Club have received news that UEFA will hold another round of ticket sales in May for the four national teams (Hungary, Northern Macedonia, Scotland and Slovakia) who successfully fought for qualification to this summer's European Championship last November.
For more information in English, click here: https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/news/025b-0ef33753d7d0-100629325be2-1000/