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How can I escape the quarantine?

July 23, 2020

Last updated on 3 August, 2020

To escape the quarantine, you will need two molecular biological tests, meaning two PCR tests for nasal and oropharyngeal swabs (samples taken from your nose and throat). The tests will show that at the time of taking the swab samples the coronavirus was not detectable in your body.

Find a place to get tested

[CHANGE: Until August 1, you were supposed to call your GP from home, and they would order the tests for you from the emergency services. This is not an option anymore.]

You can get tested privately, for a fee, at a medical center of your own choice. You can find a list of available testing sites at the page of the National Public Health Center. Use the map to find the testing site closest to you, or browse the table below. You will need column 2 with the location of taking a sample (“a mintavétel pontos helyszíne”). The price of getting tested varies (it will be around HUF 30,000 per test), so ask the medical center you want to visit before getting an appointment.

If your regular clinic is not on the list, you might still be able to get tested by them. Contact them to see if their lab is listed under a different name, in which case they will still be able to provide you with a compliant test certificate.

However, since you are in quarantine, you are not allowed to leave your home, not even to get tested. So what to do?

Contact your local Public Health Department

Contact your local Public Health Department (“Népegészségügyi Osztály”) of the local government office (“a kerületi vagy járási kormányhivatal”) and start the procedure for cancelling your quarantine. It has a processing fee of HUF 3,000. You can do that in a simple email, there is no official form to fill in. When you apply, you get a permit that will let you leave your home for the purpose of getting tested.

You can find the contact data for your local Public Health Department in the information letter with your quarantine order. The name of your contact person, their phone number, and their email address is listed on top of the letter.

You can also find the government office relevant for you in the government office search at https://jarasinfo.gov.hu/. In desktop view, you can simply find your local government office on a map. In both the desktop and the mobile versions, you can start typing the name of your city, and choose your office from the dropdown. If you live in Budapest, you will have to select the district as well as the city. Once you find your local government office, its main departments will be listed – just choose “Népegészségügyi Osztály” and its contact data will be displayed, including its email address.

What to include in the application

When you are writing your email with the application, make sure to include the following details.

  • Write your name and the district where you are quarantined in the subject line
  • Simply state your name, address, the country you entered from, and the start and end date of your quarantine; then ask for the quarantine to be canceled based on your test result(s)
  • Attach a verification that you have paid HUF 3,000 application fee to the bank account of the Hungarian State Treasury (“Magyar Államkincstár”): 10032000-01012107.

Go and get tested

Once you have the permission from the local Public Health Department, you can call the medical center you want to get tested at and make an appointment. Going there, you are not allowed to take public transport: you can walk or take a car, even a taxi. You must wear a face mask all the time.

Your test result will be sent to you in email, or if you have a registration at the national electronic administration portal (“Ügyfélkapu”), through that. You will have to forward both your test results to your local Public Health Department.

FAQ

Are you a Hungarian resident coming from a yellow country?

If you are a Hungarian resident or citizen coming from a yellow country, your quarantine order may be withdrawn after the first negative result already, so you can already forward that to the Public Health Department. However, you will still have to do the second test and forward that too. If the second result is positive, you will be sent back to quarantine. If it is negative, the quarantine remains canceled.

Do you already have one negative test when entering Hungary?

If you already have one negative test result when entering Hungary, you will only need one more test get done in Hungary.

If you are a Hungarian citizen or resident coming from a yellow country, meaning that your quarantine order would be withdrawn after 1 negative test result already, on the border you will already get a permission to leave your home for the second test together with your quarantine order. This will make it easier to get the quarantine order withdrawn, since you will have to contact your local Public Health Department only once, with the two negative results.


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