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 July.

Update 19 June: from 18 June, citizens of the European Union as well as Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland are allowed to freely enter Hungary, without restrictions. Hungarian citizens returning from the countries of the EU or the European Economic Area do not have to enter quarantine after crossing the Hungarian border either.

The following persons are allowed to enter Hungary without restrictions:

  • Hungarian nationals,
  • EU nationals and nationals of EEA member states and Switzerland (excluding UK),
  • third country family members of the above mentioned persons,
  • furthermore, granted through reciprocity, nationals of Serbia – based on the Decree of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade 9/2020 (17 June),
  • nationals of Ukraine for a maximum period of 24 hours and within 30 km of the border area – based on the Decree of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade 9/2020 (17 June),
  • exclusively from South Korea and Japan: any foreign national traveling for business purposes and being a senior member of or employed by a company registered in one of the above mentioned countries and operating as a related undertaking with a company registered in the above mentioned countries. Related undertakings are defined in Act LXXXI of 1996 on Corporate Tax and Dividend Tax Art 4 (23). The business nature of the visit is to be presumed upon entry.

Persons not falling under the above categories are not allowed to enter Hungary, with the exception of those given an exemption based on a leniency applicatio

Entry restrictions Hungary for visitors UK

Rules of immigration and emigration for visitors from United Kingdom are as follows:

  • UK nationals (including those holding Hungarian Permanent Residence Card or a Registration Certificate and Address Card) who wish to enter Hungary for exceptional reasons, or transit through Hungary, must submit an application for exemption on the official website of the Hungarian Police by completing an electronic form
  • Anyone entering Hungary following this application route will undergo a medical check. If you show no symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, you still need to follow a 14-day quarantine rule. If you show signs of COVID-19, entry will be rejected

See more information about the entry requirement

Numbers coronavirus Hungary

The first official case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Hungary on 4 March. Three months later, in early June, almost 4,000 people have been infected with the virus. In total, more than 500 people have died from the coronavirus. You can find the most recent figures here. Currently the number of corona infections in Hungary is decreasing.

Official travel advice

From 4 July, Hungary is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

Check the latest official travel advice for Hungary here on the website gov.uk. On this page you can also register for an email alert. In case the advice for Hungary changes you will get an e-mail.

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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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Hajni
    22 June 2020 at 17:47

    This information is false. Hungarian citizens can enter Hungary from the UK and they do not have to stay in quarantine. In fact, Hungarian citizens and their family members can enter Hungary without the two weeks quarantine from 18th June.
    However, British citizens cannot enter Hungary without quarantine.
    Source: Facebook page of the Hungarian Consulate and Embassy in Manchester – https://www.facebook.com/HunConsulate.Manchester

    • Reply
      maaikerijpstra
      4 July 2020 at 12:19

      Hi Hajni,

      I am sorry if the information was not clear. Indeed Hungarian citizens can enter from the UK and they don’t have to stay in quarantine. Also UK nationals who are family members of EEA citizens do not need to pre-register and can enter Hungary without restrictions. But for everybody else goes the following:

      UK nationals (including those holding Hungarian Permanent Residence Card or a Registration Certificate and Address Card) who wish to enter Hungary for exceptional reasons, or transit through Hungary, must submit an application for exemption on the official website of the Hungarian Police by completing an electronic form here. The form is currently only available in Hungarian and must be completed in Hungarian. The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommend applications are submitted at least a few days before the planned travel day, clearly stating the justification for the exemption application. The form sets out more details about the type of exceptional circumstances in which the authorities may allow entry.

      Best,
      Maaike

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