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Aug 31, 2020

Hungary to close its borders to foreigners from midnight tonight

Starting on September 1, the government is re-introducing the border protection measures in force during the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic.

 

The Hungarian government will close its borders to foreigners from midnight tonight.

Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that starting on September 1, the government is re-introducing the border protection measures in force during the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic.

The minister said military convoys and business or diplomatic trips can be exempted from the regulations. He added that the humanitarian corridor for commuters transiting Hungary would remain open. Sports events will be governed by strict regulations.

Gulyás said Hungarians returning from abroad will have to self-quarantine for 14 days, or until they produce two negative tests taken two days apart. The measures are designed to ward off infections from abroad. Hungary will have to prepare to protect its elderly citizens, children preparing for the start of the academic year and ensure continued economic performance, he said.

Gulyás noted that the second wave of the pandemic had started in Europe, and the number of infections has also increased in Hungary. He added, however, that the situation was still better in Hungary than elsewhere. He said that the possibility of importing the virus was the greatest danger, but through closing the borders, wearing masks, social distancing and frequent disinfection of hands the virus could be kept under control.

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