*From within the EU:
Hungary adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Hungary are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.
Hungary has closed its border to all foreign nationals for an indefinite period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules allow for certain exemptions.
Under the new rules, only Hungarian nationals, non-Hungarian nationals who are permanently resident in Hungary or non-Hungarian nationals who have permission to remain longer than 90 days, are allowed entry into the country.
Foreign nationals can enter Hungary for only the following specific justifiable reasons:
- taking part in a Hungarian court procedure;
- carrying out business or other activity justified by a letter of invitation issued by a central government body, an individual regulatory body, or an autonomous state body;
- receiving health care service, certified by a document issued by the health care institution;
- carrying out study or exam duty required by an educational institution, certified by a document issued by the educational institution;
- taking part in cargo-related passenger traffic if the aim of the travel is either to get to the cargo transport’s point of departure, or to get home after carrying out such cargo transport duty, if certified by a document issued by the employer;
- participation in family events (wedding, funeral, christening);
- taking care of a relative;
- taking part in an international sports-, cultural or religious event of a special significance.
Please note that on entering, individuals must agree to undergo a medical examination (temperature check). In case a suspicion of COVID-19 infection arises during the health examination, the individual will be refused entry.
Is a quarantine required?
All those entering Hungary (unless transiting) must agree to enter mandatory, legally enforceable 10-day quarantine. If the person has no place of residency in Hungary, they must enter a government-designated place of quarantine.
Hungarian citizens returning from abroad are required to quarantine unless they undergo a double testing procedure. Also exempted people have to self-quarantine for 10 days.
Is a coronavirus test required?
The quarantined individual may request from the authorities’ permission to have two PCR tests conducted within 5 days of arrival, which must be taken 48 hours apart. If the two PCR tests are negative, the authorities can exempt the individual from their quarantine obligation. The cost of the PCR tests must be met by the individual.
Mandatory Travel Documentation
Foreign nationals wishing to enter Hungary for the reasons listed above must apply for an exemption online at https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/home.
The form, which should be completed in advance of travelling, can be completed in English or Hungarian.
Those who can prove with either a Hungarian or English language document that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (e.g.: PCR test results, verification by a health service provider or authority) can enter Hungary without restrictions.
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.