UPDATE: New regulations apply starting from 1 September 2020. Read more here.
Last updated on 31 August 2020.
As of 18 June, the state of emergency in Hungary is officially cancelled. However, some of the preventive measures remain in place, including the requirement for wearing a mask in public transport and in shops, and the travel ban is still only lifted partially. Moreover, the 45 days of grace start ticking for people whose residence permit expired during the state of emergency.
With the state of emergency in Hungary over, things are slowly returning to normal. The most obvious change is that the 9 a.m. – noon period is no more dedicated to elderly customers in shops. From now on, people above 65 are allowed to shop all day, while people under 65 can do their shopping in the morning too.
At the same time, wearing a mask remains compulsory in shops and on public transport, and for the staff of restaurants and similar establishments in enclosed spaces. The mask of your choice should always cover both the mouth and the nose to achieve the maximum protection offered by it.
In other public places it is not compulsory to wear a mask, although it is recommended, since the incubation period of the coronavirus is still two weeks, which makes it impossible to determine whether you are infected or not unless you are tested regularly. The use of the Hungarian contact tracer app available from virusradar.hu is still encouraged.
Although the state of emergency is over and most of the relevant restrictions are lifted, Hungary remains in a state of alert at least until 18 December 2020, to be revised every three months. This means that the government will stay prepared for acting quickly if new threats to the health of the general public emerge.
From 18 June, the following people may enter Hungary without police clearance and without self-quarantine:
If you belong to the above categories, but you entered Hungary before 18 June, meaning you were asked by the police to stay in quarantine for 2 weeks, you are NOT redeemed from this obligation. Even if new entrants are not required to stay in quarantine, you must stay at home and be patient.
In other cases, e.g. if you are a third-country national (with or without residency in Hungary), you must apply for police clearance to enter Hungary from the Hungarian Police. Your health will be checked upon entry, and if you are suspected to be infected with the coronavirus, your entry may be denied even if your application had been formerly approved. If you seem healthy, you may still be asked to stay in self-quarantine for 2 weeks. The decision on whether or not you have to self-quarantine is made by the police upon your entry.
The form must be filled in in Hungarian, and the page itself is in Hungarian. Find the option on the bottom left tile: “Államhatáron történő beutazáshoz méltányossági kérelem”. Then click on it again on the next page. On the third page, you have the following options:
You will most probably need the option COVID-02, especially if you are not registered to „ügyfélkapu”.
For now, trade continues to be unrestricted, including the free entry of drivers of commercial vehicles.
It was communicated earlier that all residence permits and work permits expiring during the state of emergency would be automatically extended with 45 days after the end of the state of emergency. The extra 45 days start today, on 18 June. This means that if your permit expired between 6 April and 17 June, it will be valid until 2 August, Sunday.
Although August may still seem far away, you should start your renewal procedure as soon as possible. The Immigration Office will be flooded with applications now they are accepting applications again, so processing times might be longer than usual.
Check out the frequently asked questions related to the end of the state of emergency here, or contact us through the form below.
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