status of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Budapest & Hungary

Maybe you want to travel to Budapest or Hungary this summer and you want to know what is the current situation with corona virus there. On this page you will find the state of affairs as it is in March 2021.

Last updated 17 March 2021

From 1 September, the borders of Budapest are closed to all foreign travellers. There are some exceptions though:

1. Most UK nationals are not allowed to enter Hungary. Residents may enter if they hold a permanent residence permit or a permit allowing them to stay in Hungary for at least 90 days, and can present their documents to the authorities at the border. UK nationals travelling with a family member who is a Hungarian citizen or resident should also be allowed entry.

2. UK nationals may also enter Hungary to attend sporting or cultural events, carry out business activity or for the purposes of transit. Otherwise, entry is limited to narrow circumstances, such as operating cargo transport or travelling on a diplomatic or official passport.

3. You can apply for an exemption to enter Hungary in a further set of specific circumstances, such as attending a funeral.

Read which jobs qualify for travel exemptions, when you need to self isolate and other travel advice on the website of the Government.

The Hungarian borders will be closed to all foreigners from 1 September, unless there are very urgent reasons for visiting. From this date, Hungarian residents who enter Hungary must either stay in quarantine for 14 days, or show two negative tests upon arrival.

Numbers corona Budapest & Hungary

The first official case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Hungary on 4 March 2021. At 21 March 2021, almost 500.000 people have been infected with corona. So far, over 1.2 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hungary. You can find the most recent figures about the virus here.

Official travel advice

From 1 September 2020, Hungary has closed its border for all travellers from abroad. Check the latest official travel advice for Hungary here on the website On this page you can also register for an email alert. In case the advice for Hungary changes you will receive an e-mail from the government.

Current corona measurements

  • Nurseries and primary schools are closed
  • All non-essential shops are closed
  • There is a curfew between 8:00 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • People are obliged to wear facemasks
  • Restaurants are closed except for takeout and delivery
  • Physical distancing of one-and-a-half meters remains in place
  • Fitness centers and gyms are closed. Outdoor sports activities are permitted if the minimum 1.5-meter distance can be kept
  • Public areas and parks remain open
  • There is a ban on visitation in hospitals and elderly homes
  • All forms of assembly are forbidden
  • Public parking is for free

What you can do yourself

You can also take a number of measurements yourself to reduce the risk of becoming infected or spreading the Corona virus. This what the World Health Organisation advices on their website:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.

Phone number for Corona emergencies Hungary

If you are in Budapest and want to speak to a doctor urgently, you can. Two toll-free emergency numbers related to Corona have been established that you can reach 24 hours a day: +36 80 277 455 and +36 80 277 456.

Looking for a hotel?
Check out my two personal favourites: TG Design suites Aparthotel & Hotel Rum (which is Buda-side of the city). Other hotels which are popular, have good ratings and are located very well are Roombach Hotel and AnVa House.

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