May be you will be traveling to Budapest or Hungary soon and you want to know the situation with the corona virus over there. On this page you will find the state of affairs as it is on Friday 13
The Hungarian Prime Minister announced on 16 March that Hungary would close all borders to foreigners at midnight on the same day. Only Hungarian citizens and foreign residents who have Hungarian immediate family members are allowed to enter the country. British travellers who wish to leave Hungary should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible, due to the rapidly changing circumstances and airport closures in neighbouring countries. Please note that Budapest airport remains open until further notice.
Numbers coronavirus Hungary
The first official case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Hungary on 4 March. Here is what the numbers look like today (13 March):
- 31 confirmed cases of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19
- 159 people are quarantined
- Samples were taken from 1236 people
- 1 person is cured
- 1 deceased
The latest state of affairs of corona in Hungary
You can see the most recent figures about the virus on this Hungarian government website. These numbers are updated on their website every day. So you can always find the most recent figures there. However, there is no English translation on the site. Therefore, under the image, you find the translation of all the terms used. Here you see what the figures today look like:
Fertőzött = infected
Gyógyult = cured
Elhunyt = deceased
Karanténban = quarantaine
Mintavétel = sampled
Measures taken in Hungary
Since March 12, additional measures have been taken by the government in Hungary to combat the possible spread of the coronavirus. Many cultural, leisure and entertainment venues have been closed for the time being, and there is a travel ban on visitors from countries which were hit the hardest by corona.
Meetings of more than 100 people are cancelled. In addition, outdoor events with more than 500 people are cancelled too. Budapest universities are also closed from March 12, while nurseries, schools and kindergartens decide whether to close. Shopping centres remain open.
Which sights are closed in Budapest?
It is difficult to make a complete overview of all things that are currently closed in Budapest. But here is an, as complete as possible, overview of the main sights in Budapest that are no longer open for visitors:
- Ruin bars: like Szimpla Kert and Fogas
- Museums are closed
- All theatres including the Hungarian State Opera
- Movie theatres
- All Budapest baths
What is still open?
The following cases sights are still open on 13 March. For the latest state of affairs, click on the link behind the sights:
- The fisherman’s bastion (but this will not close quickly either, as it is completely outdoors)
- Churches such as the St. Stephen’s Basilica & the Matthias Church
- The great synagogue (latest info)
- The Hungarian Parliament Building (latest info)
- All thermal baths
- The zoo (latest info)
- New York Café
- Shopping centres
Suggestions to do
If you are in Budapest or if you are travelling to Budapest soon and you will not or can’t cancel your trip, there are some suggestions for things you can still do.
For example, take a Budapest sightseeing tour or a Segway tour, visit the Fisherman’s Bastion, climb Gellert Hill, view the Millenium monument on Heroes’ Square, walk over the Chain Bridge or visit Margaret Island for a walk. Some other alternative are:
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.
Official travel advice
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. Check also the official general travel advice concerning corona.
As governments and local authorities bring in measures to control the spread of the virus, some airlines are changing their schedules or suspending flights for some destinations. So make sure you also keep up-to-date with the latest information from your travel company or airline.
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.
Be aware! The above is the state of affairs on Friday March 13. Only the numbers are updates on sunday 15 March. For the most recent status, see the links on this page.
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.