The Coronavirus Situation in Hungary
(as of January 7, 2021)
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State of Emergency is in effect since November 4, 2020.
The following restrictions come into effect on November 11:
The countrywide partial curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. everybody will be required to stay indoors either at home or at a temporary accomodation. The only exceptions are for commuting to and from work, and in case of health needs or health emergencies.
There are no restrictions on intercity or interstate travel
A compulsory 1.5-metre distance must be kept from others in public areas across the country.
It is mandatory to wear a mask in stores, malls, public offices, healthcare facilities and on public transportation.
Stores, shops and services are to close at 7 p.m.
Events and public gatherings are forbidden. Family gatherings are limited to 10 people (children under the age of 14 are exempted)
Hotels can only receive guests travelling for business purposes.
Restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs are closed, only home delivery is available.
Restaurants and leisure facilities do not have to pay a contribution for the first 30 days of closing and the state reimburses half of the workers' wages - on the condition that workers are kept on payroll.
Theaters, cinemas, museums, zoos are closed.
Gyms and indoor pools are closed.
- Kindergartens, nurseries and elementary schools are open for children under the age of 14. From October 1, only teachers and students will be allowed to enter the buildings and will be required to undergo temperature screening upon entry.
- Higher education will continue online.
- Hospital and care home visits are banned nationwide. The restrictions do not apply to severely or terminally ill patients. Also, one parent is also allowed to stay at the hospital with their sick child, and women due to give birth may also choose someone to accompany them.
- Hospital staff, teachers, nursery and kindergarten staff are subjected to weekly testing
- Record offices, government agencies remain open, but you are recommended to use e-services instead.
- Post offices are open, but you are kindly requested to wear a mask or face cover. Expect delays in international deliveries.
- Sporting events are closed for spectators.
- Public areas, playgrounds, and parks are open
- Participation at weddings is limited to the couple, their parents and siblings as well as the best man and the bridesmaid.
- Funerals are limited to 50 people.
- Please check with your local municipality regarding local restrictions.
Hungary closed its borders for foreign nationals on September 1, 2020 to contain the spread of the virus.
Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc airport is open. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry.
Hungarian nationals entering Hungary are required to quarantine for 10 days unless they present two negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests, 48 hours apart from the previous 5 days.
Hungarian commuters and citizens of neighboring states, who work and live within 30 kilometers of the border may enter or leave Hungarian territory for up to 24 hours but cannot move beyond the designated area.
Persons entitled to the same rights as Hungarian citizens are:
- family members of a Hungarian citizen;
- persons entitled to permanent residence in Hungary and their family members (official certification required);
- persons holding a valid residence permit issued by the aliens policing authority allowing for the residence in Hungary for a duration exceeding 90 days and presents this document upon entry (“D” type visa is equivalent);
- persons on official and diplomatic visits
- persons on business and trade travels
- cargo traffic
- persons with student status performing exam and other study obligations
- persons attending family events (wedding, funeral, christening)
- competitors or sports professionals of a Hungarian sports organization in accordance with the Sports Act, if he/she enters the territory of Hungary after participating in an international sports event held abroad;
- persons participating in an international sports event held abroad and holding a nominative invitation letter issued by a Hungarian sports organization or delegated persons, if he/she enters the territory of Hungary after participating in an international sports event held abroad;
- an employee of a Hungarian cultural institution, if she/he enters the territory of Hungary after participating in a cultural event abroad as an artist/performer or the member of the technical staff.
- persons required to participate in a Hungarian court or public authority proceeding (certified document by the authority is required)
- persons taking care of a relative in Hungary
- persons receiving health care service in Hungary
- persons attending religious events
Exception Requests: Foreigners may make a request for an exception or an entry permit with supporting documents on the National Police website.
Foreign citizens are also required to quarantine for 10 days unless they present two negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests, 48 hours apart from the previous 5 days.
Masks are required on all public transport.
Public transportation in Budapest remains operational.
- Passengers must wear a mask when using the services. Passengers who do not or wear a mask are fined by BKK inspectors in addition to being removed from the ride.
Cloths, scarves are no longer accepted.
- Do not get on packed vehicles if possible
- Please note that you can no longer purchase tickets from drivers. You are encouraged to use e-tickets.
- Minimize physical contact with handrails, doors, and buttons.
- Avoid contact with other passengers.
- Clean your hands after using public transportation.