Last updated on 20 May 2021.
From 1 September 2020 until (at least)
1 October 23 May, border control is reinstated at all entry points to Hungary, and new regulations govern who can enter the country and on what conditions. Once you are in Hungary, you must observe the coronavirus related rules explained here.
The main changes are as follows:
*Time to be spent in quarantine was reduced from 14 to 10 days starting from 21 September.
Just like before, Hungarian citizens and residents are treated the same, and you can enter Hungary without a police clearance if you belong to the following groups:
*Visas with a total validity of less than 90 days e.g. C-type visas do not qualify.
NOTE: This category again does NOT automatically include EU citizens and their families unless they have residency in Hungary or are close family members of a Hungarian citizen.
Just like before, people who are not resident of Hungary may still enter the country with a police clearance. Various reasons may be accepted, but you can find a detailed list of possible reasons here.
If you enter Hungary with a police clearance, the procedures listed above in Section 3 related to COVID-19 testing on the border will be relevant for you.
You can fill in the form in Hungarian or in English (the page is also available in English). Go to the tile: “Submissions related to the epidemic control measures”. On the next screen, choose option 4: “On lodging an equity request to cross the border or an appeal against a decision taken in this subject”. On the next screen, you have the following options:
You will most probably need the option COVID-02, especially if you are not registered to “Ügyfélkapu”. If you need our assistance with the police clearance, you can contact us via the form at the bottom of this article.
NOTE: You will have to indicate your point of entry in the police form. If you are coming through the international airport in Budapest, start typing “Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülőtér” to select it.
Just like before, you can get out of quarantine with 2 negative coronavirus tests.
(From 1 September, updated on 5 September): The only change is that from 5 September, if you are carrying a negative PCR test prepared in a Schengen country, Croatia, the USA, or Canada (in Hungarian or in English), you will still need to get a second test done in Hungary (after being assigned to quarantine). If you do not have a negative test when you arrive or the test(s) you have were done in a country other than the above, you will need to get both tests done in Hungary after arrival. This means that in every case, you will be assigned to mandatory quarantine until you present the required number of negative tests to the authorities (link to the procedure below).
For those arriving by plane to the international airport in Budapest: some testing centers offer an option where you can indicate your expected time of arrival, and they will perform a test on you already at the airport. This way, if you already have one test from abroad, and get the second test done at the airport, you can shorten the time you will spend in quarantine significantly.
If you cannot arrange for the above, please keep in mind that since you will be in quarantine, you will not be allowed to leave your home even to get tested. Either you find a testing center that can deliver the test kit to your home or get a permission from your local police station to leave your home for getting tested.
The procedure is described in detail here.
NEW (from 1 November): If you are a Hungarian citizen sent to quarantine and you have a smartphone, upon entry the Police might ask you to install a quarantine tracking app that will automatize checking up on you. Instead of police officers visiting you at random times, your phone will prompt you to take a selfie and confirm that you are still at your quarantine location. You can learn more about this here or download the app here.
1. Similarly to as before, the following people can enter Hungary without restrictions:
2. You can also enter Hungary in transit, if you are only passing through, if you have all the necessary documents as per usual, and you are leaving Hungary within 24 hours. In that case, you will still be examined at the border, and you will be granted entry if you do not show any symptoms.
3. Update as of 1 March 2021: Business travel is permitted without restrictions (without a police clearance or a quarantine) from a list of countries indicated here for a verifiable “economic activity” if the business traveler is a citizen or resident of Hungary or the country of departure.
The Hungarian Police confirmed that to verify the business purpose, you will need at least a company extract and a business invitation letter. If you have any further documents that may support your claim, make sure to present these too.
There may be a medical examination at the border, and if you show any symptoms or COVID-19, you will be either turned away or ordered to quarantine for 10 days. However, if you have no symptoms, you do not need to quarantine, which means you will not need the PCR tests either.
4. Commuters who live and work within 30 km of the Hungarian border can pass the border freely.
5. Inbound traffic from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland:
6. (from 5 September): the audience of an international sports event or a cultural event if
If you have any questions regarding the new regulations for entry to Hungary, let us know, and we will do our best to find you a reliable answer. Our expert colleagues are also happy to assist you with the police clearance application, or with any other procedure related to Hungarian immigration.
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