Last updated on 4 May 2021.
The new regulations (published on 26 April) again tied relaxing pandemic related restrictions introduced in November, and then in March to developments in the fight against the pandemic. While some of the restrictions introduced earlier still apply, the below measures come into force on 1 May, Saturday, after 4 million people received at least their first dose of one of the available coronavirus vaccines by 30 April, Friday afternoon.
Some of the measures listed below are tied to being immune to COVID-19. In Hungary, this can be proved by a so called “immunity card”, which is mailed free of charge to everyone who has received their first dose of a vaccine or who has recovered from the disease.
Please note that immunity in fact develops gradually, and reaches its peak only 2-3 weeks after the second dose. Please do not visit crowded spaces without a mask before that, even if law allows you as a holder of an immunity card.
With the new regulations, as of 29 April people with a Hungarian immunity card or with an immunity card issued in a country that accepts the Hungarian immunity card (for now: Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bahrein) may enter Hungary without observing the 10-day quarantine.
Wearing a mask in all public spaces remains obligatory. It must be a proper mask that covers both the mouth and the nose (it cannot be a scarf or a bandana).
Many spaces so far closed to everyone now open to holders of an immunity card. They and minors in their care may visit these spaces without a mask. The host is allowed to confirm your immunity by checking your immunity card and the relevant ID document (ID card or passport).
For the employees at the shops, restaurants, and other facilities listed above, whether wearing a mask is compulsory is decided by the employer, observing that employees still must wear a mask if they do not have an immunity certificate, and they cannot be forbidden to wear a mask if they want to.
Work form home, if yo can: It is still advisable to stay at home as much as possible, which includes working from home whenever the job makes it possible.
Public gatherings continue to be forbidden, and private functions may still be held with a limited number of participants. Read more about this here.
Relaxing the curfew actually promotes social distancing, since if there is more time to take care of the same amount of affairs, people have more room to scatter.
The outdoor sections of restaurants and cafés (e.g. gardens, terraces) are allowed to seat patrons since 24 April.
Patrons can continue to eat indoors in restaurants and canteens if it is a facility
Tourism is allowed again: hotels and other accommodation providers can again accept not only guests who are on a business trip, but everyone who has a valid immunity card, together with their minor children.
If you have an immunity card, you and your minor children may visit the following spaces and events without a mask, up till 11 p.m.
Since there is no mention of the spaces below, there is no change to these:
All shops may open for business – rules are the same as since 7 April. To maintain social distancing, the below rules apply to all shops (including grocery stores, pharmacies, and other establishments that did not closed in March):
Customers should maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other while they are waiting to enter a shop, and while shopping – unless they live in the same household. The 1.5 meter distance should also be observed while strolling in a shopping mall. At the same time, customers are asked to spend as little time in any shop or shopping mall as possible. While the government is relaxing pandemic related restrictions in Hungary, we should still continue to pay attention to where we go and how we interact with the people around us.
If a shop does not comply with the above listed rules, it may be fined for a sum between HUF 100,000 and 1 million (ca. EUR 300 – 3,000), and may be forced to close for a period between one day and one year.
Even with the relaxation of restrictions, we should continue to take care of each other. Many people have not been vaccinated yet, so please continue to wear a mask in all public spaces, and observe social distancing. This is especially important for those who already have their immunity card but have not yet received their second dose of a vaccines.
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