COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Digital Health Platforms: Hungary accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing.
• Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing: All travelers are subject to a general health assessment upon entry. Symptomatic travelers can be denied entry.
• 10-day home quarantine or quarantine in a government facility (depending on discretion of authorities) for asymptomatic travelers, except:
- Those recovered from COVID-19 in the six months before entry, or who hold a certificate of immunity issued by Albania, Bahrain, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Turkey.
- Those in transit for under 24 hours.
- Individuals on business or work trips, substantiated by supporting documents. This includes Hungarian nationals and residents returning from a business or work trip to a country from which business trips are permitted.
- Cross-border workers remaining within 30km of the border, staying up to 24 hours. This includes Hungarian nationals returning from cross-border work within 30km of the border for less than 24 hours.
• Travelers can reduce the quarantine duration by obtaining two negative COVID-19 PCR test results.
- If carrying a medical certificate in Hungarian or English, confirming a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted in a Schengen Area country, Canada or the US; travelers complete another COVID-19 PCR test in-country, within five days of arrival, with a time lapse of at least 48 hours between tests; and can cease quarantine upon receiving a negative result from the in-country test.
- Alternatively, travelers complete two in-country COVID-19 PCR tests, within five days of arrival, with a time lapse of at least 48 hours between tests.
- In-country testing must be reported electronically to the competent police body, in Hungarian or in English, at least 24 hours prior to the test. The policy body will issue an electronic confirmation of receipt.
- Test results must similarly be reported electronically to the competent police body, in Hungarian or in English.
• Most consular posts have reopened, depending on local pandemic-related restrictions. Out-of country applications have resumed for those locations. Applicants should contact their consular post to confirm local application requirements, which may include preliminary soft copy filing before attending a filing appointment.
• The personal customer service department of the Labor office has reopened for case status querieson Tuesday mornings.
• The Immigration and Asylum Office accepts applications without prior appointment.
• Travel Restrictions: The following categories are now permitted entry:
- Nationals and long-term residents of the following countries, seeking entry for documented economic or business activity (invitation letter or other supporting documents required – check with the airline prior to travel): Albania, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mainland China, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.
- Travelers carrying a certificate of immunity (vaccination certificate) issued by Albania, Bahrain, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, or Ukraine (typically vaccination must be at least 14 days before entry, and travelers may additionally have to carry their vaccination record card).
- Travelers holding an EU Digital COVID Certificate (confirming at least one dose of AstraZeneca, Jansse, Modern, Pfizer BioNTech, Sinopharm or Sputnik V at most one year prior to entry, a recovery certificate confirming a positive COVID-19 test at most six months before arrival, or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued as most 72 hours prior to arrival).
- Travelers who recovered from COVID-19 in the six months before entry.
- Hungarian nationals and permanent residence permit holders, and their family members.
- Those holding a valid Hungarian residence permit, issued for more than 90 days.
- Those holding a valid Hungarian D visa (Hungarian police department permission may be required – travelers should contact their airline to check whether policy permission is required).
- Individuals carrying entry permission issued by a locally competent policing body (Fragomen can support with exemption applications).
- Athletes or sports experts of Hungarian sports organizations or those entering to participate in an international sporting event.
- Employees of Hungarian cultural institutions entering to perform or participate as technical staff is a cultural event organized abroad.
- EU/European Economic Area nationals or long-term residents, seeking entry for documented economic or business activity (invitation letter or other supporting documents required – check with the airline prior to travel).
- Those in transit; cross-border workers remaining within 30km of the border, staying up to 24 hours; agriculture workers and athletes; among limited other exemptions.
Home SearchVirtual services, where possible.
• Yes, bookings are being made virtually.
• No face-to-face support is available.
• Apartments are available.
SchoolsAs of 4 May, a gradual return to education in schools and universities is in process.
• Restaurants and cafes/outdoor spaces are open; masks are essential.
• EEA citizens who do not have a permanent residence card and non-EEA citizens who hold a residence permit or a permanent residence permit, may make a special request to re-enter Hungary via an online portal provided by the Hungarian police. documents need to be attached to the request to prove a court appointment, business travel, medical treatment, school exam, travel connected to transportation, or the funeral of a close family member.
Public TransportAll services operating as normal.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Yes, both
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Normal service at present; very high rates
• Sea: Normal services at present
• Normal service at present despite broders
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?