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Coronavirus update Hungary October 2021

October 7, 2021

While Hungary remains relatively little affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which is in part thanks to the high vaccination rate of the population, there have been few changes since our last update in August. Read on to find out what has changed.

State of emergency until 1 January 2022

The state of emergency (which was supposed to end on 4 October) was again extended, this time until 1 January 2022. In line with this, documents expired since 4 November 2020 continue to be accepted as valid in Hungary. However, please note that since the expiry date on the documents themselves does not change, they might not be accepted abroad.

  • The validity of Hungarian documents is extended until 60 days after the end of the state of emergency (1 March 2022)
  • The validity of the documents of third-country nationals in Hungary is extended until 30 days after the end of the state of emergency (30 January)

Border crossing

Rules for entering Hungary remain unchanged. While entry to Hungary remains restricted, there are many exemptions. To sum it up:

  • You can enter Hungary without restrictions if you are crossing a land border, coming from any neighboring country.
  • You can enter Hungary without restrictions if you have a valid Hungarian immunity certificate, an EU Digital Green Certificate, or an immunity certificate issued by a country that accepts the Hungarian certificate.
  • If you do not have a valid certificate as indicated above, you can still enter Hungary with only a negative PCR test done within 72 hours before your travel if you are coming from EU member states and candidates, OECD, NATO, and Turkic Council member states as well as Russia, China, Bahrein and the UAE.

Read in detail about the exemptions here.

Social distancing, masks, immunity certificate

Wearing a mask is still not obligatory in public spaces, shops, or in public transport, but you do need to wear a mask when visiting a healthcare facility or a nursing home. However, with the impending fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people recommend wearing a mask when in crowded, enclosed spaces, and some universities even made it obligatory on their premises.

For invasive therapies (surgery or dental care) that are not emergency measures and could be postponed, you either need an immunity certificate or a negative PCR test from the last 48 hours. The PCR test is financed by the government for minors (under 18) and for those who did not get vaccinated for a medical reason. Otherwise, you must pay for the test on your own.

Participation at events remains restricted:

  • At most 100 people are allowed to attend private events and family functions without restriction (400 people if it is a wedding).
  • You need an immunity certificate to participate at mass events, sporting events, or to visits concerts and bars where there is dancing.

New symptoms caused by the Delta variant

The traditional symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection include fever, dry cough, loss of smell and taste, and shortness of breath. However, since the new, Delta variant of the coronavirus is on the rise, you should learn to recognize some additional symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

In any case, if you are feeling ill, contact your doctor (do not visit at first, just give them a call or write an email), describe your symptoms, and they will be able to tell you what to do next.

Get vaccinated

The best protection against the current coronavirus (both the original and the newer variants) is getting vaccinated. In Hungary, even foreigners without a Social Security or TAJ number can get vaccinated. You can even make an online appointment for the vaccine of your choice, and 4 months after vaccination you can even apply for a booster shot. You will get an immunity card in your mail, but you can also download it on your phone. You can also apply for an EU Digital Green Certificate at any government office (“kormányablak”) or online.

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