The EESZT app, which was developed to let you display your Hungarian coronavirus immunity certificate, has now been updated for Android phones to incorporate the EU green pass as well. Moreover, both documents can be saved in the app, so you can show them for inspection even if you do not have internet connection. The app is supposed to be available in English as well.
The Hungarian immunity certificate is available both as a plastic card and in the new EESZT app. In Hungary, it is still required to visit mass events, sporting events, and concerts or bars where you can dance – even with the July relaxation of pandemic related restrictions. You can also use it to enter Hungary without restrictions, and to enter some countries that accept it (see a list here).
The EU covid immunity certificate aims to facilitate travel within the EU. Holders may Hungary without restrictions, same as if they had a Hungarian immunity certificate. Whether you can use it to enter other EU countries without restrictions depends on the individual country, because not all types of vaccines available in the EU are accepted everywhere. The four vaccines accepted all over the EU are Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Janssen.
If the EESZT app on your phone has not been updated automatically, you can go to the app store available for your Android phone (for now) and update it manually – just search for “EESZT alkalmazás” in the store. (EESZT is short for Elektronikus Egészségügyi Szolgáltatási Tér, Electronic Healthcare Service Area, and it can be accessed at eeszt.gov.hu in browser.)
Once you have the updated app, you have to log in. The login screen will redirect you to your browser, where you can use your “Ügyfélkapu” (Customer Portal) registration to identify yourself. It is most commonly done with a username and a password, but it is also possible with a Hungarian electronic ID or via phone.
Once you have logged in, the app will ask you whether you want to activate simplified login (“egyszerűsített belépési mód”). If you choose this, you will not have to log in with Ügyfélkapu every time you open the EESZT app – which will make it possible for you to display your immunity certificates even when you do not have an internet connection. For this function, the app will ask for your a secure unlock method – fingerprint if biometric identification is possible and set up on your phone, while password or a pin code may also work. (If you do not want to activate simplified login now, you can do it later in the Settings.)
Once you have logged in, you will see four options displayed on the main screen. Let us take a look at them!
The next three options, marked in blue, refer to the EU digital COVID certificate. Only one of them will work for you, depending on what your eligibility is based on. Each will display the relevant QR code, your name, your date of birth, a unique ID for the certificate, and various data relevant to the specific type of certificate.
If you go to the “hamburger” (three horizontal lines) in the top right corner, you can get to the menu of the EESZT app. The first one is for Settings (“Beállítások”). Here you can set up simplified login if you have not done it when you first logged in, or you can deactivate it if you prefer logging in through Ügyfélkapu each time. Here you see a language selector as well. Unfortunately it does not seem to work properly: if your app was downloaded in Hungarian, you might not be able to switch to English. (Our colleagues who use their phone with English language settings managed to download the app in English, though.)
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