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Jun 04, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Change to border restrictions now in effect

New rules came into force on June 2 regarding crossing of the state border of Hungary in passenger and freight traffic.

Border restrictions will remain in force in the sense that no foreign citizen can enter Hungary due to the coronavirus pandemic (unless they hold a residency permit, address card and registration certificate), but other restrictions have been lifted.

Exceptions include business trips for nationals of certain countries (Poland, Czech Republic, South Korea, Japan, Slovakia, Germany and Austria); the entry of seasonal agricultural workers from neighboring countries; and foreign citizens to whom the Deputy Police Chief has issued a license.

Hungarian citizens who want to return to Hungary from a foreign country must undergo a medical examination and should undertake compulsory home quarantine for 14 days. People are exempt from the compulsory home quarantine if they arrive back from a business trip from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, South Korea or Japan.

Citizens of a neighboring states using the humanitarian corridors may enter the territory of Hungary if they submit to a health examination upon entry and it rules out COVID-19 infection. They may enter during the transit period and are obliged to leave the territory of Hungary in the shortest possible time following the route designated for this purpose.

In freight traffic drivers must also undergo a health examination and they must comply with precautionary measures and all requirements for participation in transport.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu