Entry rules in force

Updated: 23 November 2021


Regarding the international pandemic, new entry rules entered into force in Hungary, which are summarised below.

 

 

 

Government Decree No 408/2020 (VIII. 30.) on travel restrictions in the period of epidemiological preparedness sets out rules of entry during said period. 

Legal requirements relating to travel restrictions are not applicable to:

  • the border crossing of freight transport,
  •  border crossing with a diplomatic passport, foreign service passport, service passport, and seaman's passport,
  • persons who, upon entry to Hungary, provide satisfactory proof that they fell ill with the COVID-19 disease (hereinafter “infection”) during the 6 months prior to the date of making the border crossing,
  • persons who, upon crossing the border, provide proof of immunity to the coronavirus by presenting the official identification card referred to in Government Decree No 60/2021 (II. 12.) on provision of proof of immunity to the coronavirus (hereinafter “immunity card”), as well as official identification suitable for proving personal identity as indicated on the immunity card,
  • persons who hold an immunity certificate issued by a country which has concluded a bilateral agreement with Hungary on the mutual acceptance of immunity certificates, and who verify their protection against the coronavirus by presenting an official certificate issued by that country certifying protection against the coronavirus and persons under the age of eighteen travelling with and under the supervision of persons referred to above when crossing the border of Hungary,
  • persons who hold an immunity certificate issued by a country in respect of which Hungary unilaterally recognizes the immunity certificates, and who verify their protection against the coronavirus by presenting an official certificate issued by that country certifying protection against the coronavirus, as well as persons under the age of eighteen travelling with and under the supervision of persons referred to above when crossing the border of Hungary,
  • persons who enter the territory of Hungary from the territory of the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Austria, Romania, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Slovakia, the Republic of Slovenia and the Ukraine, excluding the case of entry by civil aircraft,
  • persons who are able to present an English or Hungarian language document containing the results of a molecular biological test (SARS_CoV-2 PCR test) not older than 72 hours, conducted in conformity with professional medical regulations in one of the following countries:

    a) a Member State of the European Union or in a candidate state of the European Union,

    b) a member state of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,

    c) a member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation,

    d) the Russian Federation,

    e) the People’s Republic of China,

    f) the United Arab Emirates,

    g) the Kingdom of Bahrain,

    h) the member states of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States: the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Uzbekistan,

    i) the state indicated in the decree issued by the minister responsible for foreign affairs in agreement with the minister responsible for public safety and the result of which is verified by the passenger with an English or Hungarian language document.

    (indicated in Section 3 (2a) a)-i) Government Decree No 60/2021 (II. 12.))

    verifying that SARS CoV-2 was not detectable in their body at the time of the test.

Mutual acceptance of immunity certificates is declared in the decree of the minister in charge of foreign policy, issued in agreement with the minister in charge of border policing. (Decree No 7/2021 [IV. 29.] of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on declaration of the mutual acceptance of immunity certificates).

Pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2021/953 Of The European Parliament and of the Council of 14th June 2021 on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate) in order to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic (hereinafter: Regulation), the EU Digital COVID Certificate shall be considered equivalent to the Hungarian immunity certificate if the person, by showing the EU Digital COVID Certificate (hereinafter: Digital COVID Certificate),

a) verifies that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus at least once with a vaccine

aa) authorised by the European Medicines Agency,

ab) listed on the World Health Organisation’s list of vaccines authorised for emergency use, or

ac) authorised by Hungary and used for the vaccination of the population,

and that one year from the first vaccination has not elapsed, or

b) verifies that they are protected due to going through the infection, or

c) verifies with a molecular biological test (SARS_CoV-2 PCR test) no older than 72 hours and conducted in conformity with professional medical regulations that SARS_CoV-2 was not detectable in their system at the time of the test.

Persons may be considered protected due to going through the infection if the Digital COVID Certificate verifies that at least 15 days but no more than 180 days has elapsed since the last positive molecular biological test (SARS_CoV-2 PCR test) capable of detecting the coronavirus and conducted in conformity with professional medical regulations, or an antigen test acceptable in accordance with the Regulation.

The European Commision's equivalence decision established the equivalence with the digital COVID certificate, for the purpose of facilitating the right of free movement within the Union, of COVID-19 certificates issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Armenia. According to the equivalence decision, from 29th October 2021 by presenting the COVID-19 certficates issued by these countries persons are allowed to entry Hungary without any restrictions.

 

For futher information please click the links below:

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32021D1895&qid=1636707699527&from=HU

 

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32021D1894&qid=1636707828606&from=HU

 

When proving immunity, the ID document of the person may also be required. The authority or person checking the Digital COVID Certificate may look at the data of the person included on the ID document and the Digital COVID Certificate, but these data may not be recorded in any form.

Foreign nationals

Non-Hungarian nationals may enter the territory of Hungary only in exceptional cases, and exemption to the rules of entry may only be granted by the appropriate police agency at the point of entry into Hungary, or at the 18th District Police Station of the Budapest Police Headquarters upon entry at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport.

The police agency may authorise entry if the applicant proves that the purpose of entry is:

 

1. participation in a procedural step of a Hungarian judicial or administrative procedure, proven with an instrument issued by a Hungarian court or authority,

 

2. receipt of health care with the referral of a health institution or other appropriate proof,

 

3. a study or examination obligation based on student or pupil status, if proven with a certificate issued by the educational institution,

 

4. passenger travel related to work associated with forwarding, the purpose of which is travel to the point of departure of the forwarding assignment (location for starting work), or return home by passenger travel after said work, if proven with the certificate issued by the employer,

 

5. participation in family events (marriage, baptism, funeral),

 

6. caring for or nursing a relative in accordance with Act V of 2013 of the Civil Code,

 

7. participation in an international, major religious event, or

 

8. other equitable grounds.

 

 

The application may be submitted only by electronic means using the relevant electronic forms in Hungarian or English. The original copy of the submitted document must be presented upon entry to the territory of Hungary.

 

Upon entry to Hungary, the passenger may be subjected to a medical examination. If such examination determines a suspicion of infection, the passenger may not be permitted to enter the territory of Hungary. If there is no suspicion of infection, the passenger shall be accommodated in quarantine designated by the competent epidemiological authority for 10 days, or in official home quarantine. The passenger may be granted exemption, if they present two negative tests in conformity with professional medical regulations within 5 days, with at least 48 hours difference between the tests. In this case, this test shall be considered a first test if it was conducted in

 

a) a Member State of the European Union or in a candidate state of the European Union,

 

b) a member state of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,

 

c) a member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation,

 

d) the Russian Federation,

 

e) the People’s Republic of China,

 

f) the United Arab Emirates,

 

g) the Kingdom of Bahrain,

 

h) the member states of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States: the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Uzbekistan,

 

i) the state indicated in the decree issued by the minister responsible for foreign affairs in agreement with the minister responsible for public safety

 

and the result of which is verified by the passenger with an English or Hungarian language document.

Business travel

Rules applicable to Hungarian nationals

 

After travel from Hungary for economic or business purposes, Hungarian nationals may enter the territory of Hungary – subject to the exception below – in accordance with rules defined in the sub-title “Rules on the entry of Hungarian nationals to Hungary”.

Where the purpose of travel is economic or business activity, as proven by the Hungarian national returning to Hungary, said Hungarian national may leave and re-enter the territory of Hungary without restriction from

 

a) a Member State of the European Union,

b) other states that are signatories of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, other than those under clause a),

c) a state with a legal status equivalent to that of a state that is party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area in relation to the freedom of movement and the right of residence, pursuant to an international agreement entered into by and between the European Community and its member states and with states not party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area,

d) candidate states of the European Union,

e) the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or

f) from a state designated by decree by the minister in charge of foreign policy, in agreement with the minister in charge of border policing, other than those listed in clauses a)–e),

Rules applicable to non-Hungarian nationals

Non-Hungarian nationals may enter the territory of Hungary for economic or business purposes – subject to the exception below – in accordance with rules defined in the sub-title “Rules on the entry of non-Hungarian nationals to Hungary”.

If the national of

 

a) a Member State of the European Union,

b) other states that are signatories of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, other than those under clause a),

c) a state with a legal status equivalent to that of a state that is party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area in relation to the freedom of movement and the right of residence, pursuant to an international agreement entered into by and between the European Community and its member states and with states not party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area,

d) candidate states of the European Union,

e) the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or

f) from a state designated by decree by the minister in charge of foreign policy, in agreement with the minister in charge of border policing, other than those listed in clauses a)–e),

or a person authorised to stay in such state for more than 90 days, enters Hungary for economic or business purposes, which they prove upon entry to the territory of Hungary, they may enter the territory of Hungary without restriction.

 

If, upon entry of a non-Hungarian national to Hungary, there are doubts as to the authenticity of proof of the above reason, rules on the entry of non-Hungarian nationals to Hungary are applicable.

Cross-border commuters

Nationals of neighbouring states, as well as Hungarian nationals living there, may enter the territory of Hungary for a period of up to 24 hours, within a 30-kilometre distance from the state border. Hungarian nationals may also return from the territory of neighbouring countries without restriction, if the duration of their stay abroad did not exceed 24 hours and if, in the neighbouring country, they did not leave the maximum 30-kilometre zone from the state border.

Travellers in transit

Non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad in road, railway or water passenger transit travel may enter the territory of Hungary, so long as they agree to a medical examination upon entry and such examination does not determine a suspicion of infection.

As an additional condition of entry for the purpose of transit travel

a) non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad shall meet the entry conditions prescribed in the Schengen Borders Code,

b) non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad shall provide satisfactory proof of the purpose of travel and the country of destination, and

c) the entry of non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad to the country of destination, and their entry for such purpose to states neighbouring Hungary located along the route of planned travel, is ensured.

During transit through the territory of Hungary, non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad in passenger road transport for transit purposes may only travel along the route determined by the National Chief Police Commissioner and published on the official police website. Save for exceptions determined by law, they may only stop for reasons essential for transit, i.e. for health or technical purposes at rest places determined by the National Chief Police Commissioner and published on the official police website and, additionally, may only interrupt travel and stop along the designated route in technical or health emergencies requiring immediate intervention. Non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad in railway or water passenger transit travel may, during transit through the territory of Hungary, only stop for reasons essential for transit, i.e. for health purposes, for technical and traffic purposes related to railway or waterway traffic, and for transfer purposes. They must leave the territory of Hungary during the time frame determined by the National Chief Police Commissioner for such purpose, but within 24 hours at the latest.

The National Chief Police Commissioner determines and publishes on the official police website the road border crossing points serving the entry and exit of transit traffic, the transit traffic routes for public road transportation and the rest places, and the time frame in which non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad in road, railway or water transportation must leave the territory of Hungary.

Sports and cultural events

The strict conditions applicable to entry and exit for Hungarian sporting events also apply to cultural events.

According to such conditions, attendees of international sporting events and cultural events organised in Hungary may enter Hungary only if they possess a negative PCR test result, with said single test having been performed within 3 days prior to entry, and if they present the ticket to the event and agree to a medical examination, if necessary. Attendees of international sporting events and cultural events held in Hungary must leave the country within 72 hours of entry.

Hungarian nationals

Hungarians returning from abroad must go into quarantine for 10 days, or until they can present two negative tests performed two days apart.

If the medical examination determines the suspicion of infection, such nationals shall be accommodated in a designated quarantine or, if this does not carry an epidemiological risk, in official home quarantine.

Upon the request of the person accommodated in quarantine, the epidemiological authority may authorise the quarantined person to take two tests – performed within 5 days, at least 48 hours apart – in conformity with professional medical regulations (molecular biological testing – SARS-CoV-2 PCR test). If the virus is not detected, such person shall be exempted from the quarantine.

Further information

For updated information, please visit any of the following sites:

ABOUTHUNGARY.HU,

KONZULISZOLGALAT.KORMANY.HU/EN

 

Foreign guests may submit questions through the following e-mail address: COVID19@MTU.GOV.HU.