UPDATE: New regulations apply starting from 1 September 2020. Read more here.
Last updated on 31 August 2020.
UPDATE: The state of emergency ended in Hungary as of 18 June 2020. However, some restrictions remain; read more here.
As of 1 May 2020, citizens of 6 countries are allowed to enter Hungary if they travel for business purposes. This is a partial lift of the travel ban announced on 17 March, since when only Hungarian citizens have been allowed to enter Hungary.
Citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter Hungary as of 1 May 2020 when travelling for business purposes:
Upon entering Hungary, citizens of these countries will be required to verify the purpose of their travel, which must be a business purpose. Travel related to tourism remains prohibited even for citizens of the above listed countries until further notice.
Update: As of 22 May, citizens of Austria may enter Hungary if they are not infected with that coronavirus, which they can prove by showing their negataive test results for the SARS-CoV-2, written either in English or Hungarian, received within the last 4 days.
Update: As of 25 May, citizens of Serbia and Hungary, as well as Hungarian permanent residency card holders may enter Hungary from Serbia and do not have to self-quarantine unless they show symptoms of COVID-19.
Update: As of 28 May, citizens of Slovenia and Hungary, as well as Hungarian permanent residency card holders may enter Hungary from Slovenia and do not have to self-quarantine unless they show symptoms of COVID-19.
Update: As of 5 June, citizens of Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, as well as Hungarian permanent residency card holders may enter Hungary from these countries without restrictions.
Update: As of 7 June, citizens of Germany and Hungary, as well as Hungarian permanent residency card holders may enter Hungary from Germany without restrictions.
Update: As of 12 June, citizens of Croatia and Hungary, as well as Hungarian permanent residency card holders may enter Hungary from Croatia without restrictions.
Update: As of 17 June, citizens of Romania and Hungary, as well as Hungarian permanent residency card holders may enter Hungary from Romania without restrictions.
Since the most effective method for reducing the spread of a highly infectious disease without a reliable cure is to reduce contact between people, the EU decided to close the Schengen borders as of 17 March, meaning that non-EU citizens cannot travel to the EU since then. In line with this, Hungary also closed the Hungarian borders before anyone who is not
This list is now extended with citizens of the countries listed above. In other cases, the Hungarian Police may grant you entry to Hungary if they decide you have a valid reason to enter the country.
As of 13 May, the Police accepts entry applications only online, in Hungarian.
The latest regulations specify some changes to restrictions as of 1 May.
Budapest is considered to pose a higher risk of a coronavirus outbreak, since more than 2 million people live, and even more people work here. As a result, there is a travel ban for those living in Budapest, as they cannot make trips to other parts of Hungary. Moreover, some restrictions remain in place in Budapest and Pest county, but are loosened in the rest of Hungary. Accordingly, outside Budapest and Pest county:
Update: As of 18 May, the same rules apply to Budapest and Pest county as to the rest of the country.
Should you have any questions regarding measures to fight the spread of the COVID-19 disease and to mitigate its social impact in the form of social distancing, restrictions, travel bans, or economic relief measures, feel free to contact our colleagues through the for below. We will be happy to answer your questions.
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