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Mar 10, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Those who flout quarantine rules face being expelled from Hungary

People who refuse to cooperate will be detained by the immigration police for six months, which can be extended for another six months, before being deported.

Two Iranian students who are being detained at South Pest Central Hospital suffering from the COVID-19 disease have tried to evade quarantine rules.

Tibor Lakatos said the students had shown “unacceptable behavior at night and during the day” and tried to evade quarantine rules. Besides showing a lack of cooperation, they also threw chairs out of the ward.

Lakatos said any foreign patients who refuse to cooperate with the authorities risk being expelled from Hungary.

In the presence of police officers at St László Hospital, staff are maintaining the secure isolation of the students.

The foreign ministry has decided that visas issued to Iranian citizens that have not yet been stamped may not enter Hungary.

No action will be taken against any Iranians who have a valid visa and are already present in Hungary unless they break the law or refuse to abide by epidemic measures.

People who refuse to cooperate will be detained by the immigration police for six months, which can be extended for another six months, before being deported.

Iranian citizens have been informed about the rules, and the Iranian embassy, too, has been asked to pass on this information to its citizens.

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 under koronavirus@bm.gov.hu.