Hungary to close border to foreign nationals

From 1 September 2020, Hungary has closed its border to all foreign nationals, including Irish nationals, for an indefinite period due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The new rules allow for certain exemptions, including for international students. An unofficial translation of the main points of the Hungarian Government decree is set out below.

Under the new rules, only Hungarian nationals, non-Hungarian nationals who are permanently resident in Hungary or non-Hungarian nationals who have permission to remain longer than 90 days, are allowed entry into the country.

Exemptions

Foreign nationals, including Irish nationals, can enter Hungary for only the following specific justifiable reasons:

a) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in a Hungarian court procedure;
b) the non-Hungarian national is carrying out business or other activity justified by a letter of invitation issued by a central government body, an individual regulatory body, or an autonomous state body;
c) the non-Hungarian national is receiving health care service, certified by a document issued by the health care institution;
d) the non-Hungarian national is carrying out study or exam duty required by an educational institution, certified by a document issued by the educational institution;
e) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in cargo related passenger traffic if the aim of the travel is either to get to the cargo transport’s point of departure, or to get home after carrying out such cargo transport duty, if certified by a document issued by the employer;
f) the non-Hungarian national’s participation in family events (wedding, funeral, christening);
g) the non-Hungarian national is taking care of a relative;
h) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in an international sports-, cultural or religious event of a special significance;
i) the non-Hungarian national intends to enter the country for other justifiable reasons.

Foreign nationals wishing to enter Hungary for the reasons listed above must apply for an exemption online at https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/home . The form, which should be completed in advance of traveling, can be completed in English or Hungarian.

Please note that on entering, individuals must agree to undergo a medical examination (temperature check). In case a suspicion of COVID-19 infection arises during the health examination, the individual will be refused entry.

Quarantine & Testing Rules

All those entering Hungary (unless transiting) must agree to enter mandatory, legally enforceable 14 day quarantine. If the person has no place of residency in Hungary, they must enter a government designated place of quarantine.

The quarantined individual may request from the authorities permission to have two PCR tests conducted within 5 days of arrival, which must be taken 48 hours apart. If the two PCR tests are negative, the authorities can exempt the individual from their quarantine obligation. The cost of the PCR tests must be met by the individual.

Entry rules may change at short notice. You can find the latest announcements on the Hungarian government website (in English): http://abouthungary.hu/news-i…/coronavirus-heres-the-latest/

If you have any queries or require assistance, please go to the Embassy’s website: https://www.dfa.ie/embass…/irish-embassies-abroad/…/hungary/

Returning to Ireland from Hungary

The Government of Ireland’s current travel advice for Hungary, is ‘normal precautions’ (green).

This means that individuals arriving into Ireland from Hungary will not be required to restrict their movements on arrival. However, for contact and tracing purposes, individuals must still complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry (https://www.gov.ie/…/e885b2-covid-19-coronavirus-travel-a…/… ).

This is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in Hungary. This travel advice will be subject to ongoing review. Any updates or changes will be made in line with Government decisions.

Further advice for people who have recently returned from abroad is available from the HSE.

For flight information, please contact your airlines.

Please note that the pandemic is not over and the public health advice remains the same. The Government of Ireland’s advice is that the safest thing to do is not to travel.

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Hungarian Government Decree on new COVID-19 border restrictions

Unofficial Embassy of Ireland Translation of main points

On 30 August, Sunday afternoon the Hungarian government’s decree restricting entry to Hungary was published in the Official Gazette. The decree enters into force on 1 September 2020.
According to the decree:

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1) The scope of the decree extends to those intending to enter Hungary with a personal travel document without an official purpose.

2) Non-Hungarian nationals are treated equally to Hungarian citizens if
a) they have a permanent residence permit, or
b) a permit allowing them to stay within Hungary for at least 90 days, and they can present their documents to the authorities upon arrival; in cases a) and b), family members of the non-Hungarian national may also enter the country;
c) they are a registered athlete or a sports professional of a Hungarian sports association entering Hungary following the participation in an international sports event;
d) they are entering Hungary following the participation in an international sports event to which they were delegated or personally invited by a Hungarian sports association.

3) The scope of the decree doesn’t extend to
a) border crossing in cargo traffic,
b) border crossing by official passport,
c) persons who can present credible proof that within six months before the day of attempted entry into Hungary they recovered from COVID-19 infection

II. THE RULES OF ENTERING HUNGARY FOR HUNGARIAN NATIONALS

1) Hungarian nationals (including their non-Hungarian family members) may be subjected to a health examination upon their arrival in Hungary.

2) If during the health examination the suspicion of COVID-19 infection arises, the Hungarian national must enter a designated quarantine, or, if it doesn’t pose an epidemiological risk, a home quarantine.

3) If during the health examination the suspicion of COVID-19 infection doesn’t arise, the Hungarian citizen must enter a designated quarantine or home quarantine for 14 days (depending on whether the Hungarian national entering the country has a Hungarian residence or not).

4) a) The quarantined individual may request the respective authority for a permission to have two PCR tests conducted within 5 days, at least 48 hours apart.
b) If the two PCR tests taken come back negative, the respective authority exempts the individual from their quarantine obligation.
III. THE RULES OF ENTERING HUNGARY FOR NON-HUNGARIAN NATIONALS

1) Non-Hungarians citizens are banned from entering Hungary in passenger traffic.

2) Local police of the point of entry may give an exemption from the regulation of point 1), and may allow the entry of a non-Hungarian national to the country if
a) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in a Hungarian court procedure;
b) the non-Hungarian national is carrying out business or other activity justified by a letter of invitation issued by a central government body, an individual regulatory body, or an autonomous state body;
c) the non-Hungarian national is receiving health care service, certified by a document issued by the health care institution;
d) the non-Hungarian national is carrying out study or exam duty required by an educational institution, certified by a document issued by the educational institution;
e) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in cargo related passenger traffic if the aim of the travel is either to get to the cargo transport’s point of departure, or to get home after carrying out such cargo transport duty, if certified by a document issued by the employer;
f) the non-Hungarian national’s participation in family events (wedding, funeral, christening);
g) the non-Hungarian national is taking care of a relative;
h) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in an international sports-, cultural or religious event of a special significance;
i) the non-Hungarian national intends to enter the country for other justifiable reasons.

3) The request for an exemption based on any of the causes listed in point 2) can only be submitted electronically in Hungarian or in English. The request can be submitted by a legal representative or an officially authorised proxy, too.

4) In case of more non-Hungarian nationals intending to enter the country at the same time for the same reason, one officially authorised proxy may submit one request on behalf of all the persons.

5) In case the non-Hungarian national and their relatives living in the same household intend to enter the country at the same time for the same reason, one request is enough to be submitted.

6) In the exemption request, the person submitting it must declare the aim of the entry, the travel document(s) intended to be used for identification, and the travel document’s identification number. To the request the requester must attach
a) – if possible – a copy of the document certifying the entry’s aim,
b) And, in case the request is submitted by a proxy, the official document of authorisation.

7) The exemption request can only be submitted either
a) via Cégkapu or Ügyfélkapu (the Hungarian online official administration site),
b) or via the online form on the Hungarian police’s website.

8) Police may reject the exemption request if
a) suspicion arises in connection with the entry’s aim, or
b) the entry is considered an epidemiological, public security or national security risk.

9) Appeals against the acting police’s decision are judged by the county- or Budapest police.

10) The original document certifying the aim of the entry (as described in point 2) must be presented upon request to the acting police officer when entering Hungary.

11) If the non-Hungarian national doesn’t present the original document certifying the aim of the entry (as described in point 2) upon request when entering Hungary, or a suspicion arises about the document’s genuine nature, entry must be rejected.

12) The non-Hungarian citizen permitted to enter the country (the permit holder) may be subject to a health examination upon entry.
a) In case a suspicion of COVID-19 infection arises during the health examination, the entry of the permit holder must be rejected.
b) In case a suspicion of COVID-19 infection doesn’t arise during the health examination, the permit holder must enter a designated quarantine or home quarantine for 14 days.

13) a) The quarantined individual may request the respective authority for a permission to have two PCR tests conducted within 5 days, at least 48 hours apart.
b) If the two PCR tests taken come back negative, the respective authority exempts the individual from their quarantine obligation.

V. REGULATIONS OF TRAVELLING BETWEEN ASSOCIATED ENTERPRISES

1) A person coming to Hungary from the territory of a country designated by the minister responsible for public safety may enter the country without any restrictions if they are an executive or employee of a company registered either in Hungary or in a country designated by the minister responsible for public safety that is in a contractual relationship with at least one other company registered in at least one of the countries designated by the minister responsible for public safety.

2) The form of unrestricted entry described in point 1) can only take place if the individual intending to enter Hungary suggests that the aim of their entry is business related.

VI. COMMUTERS

1) Citizens of neighbouring countries designated by the minister responsible for foreign affairs – with the approval of the minister responsible for border control –, and Hungarian nationals living in those countries may enter Hungary for 24 hours within a 30-kilometre range of the border.
2) Hungarian citizens living in Hungary within a 30-kilometre range of the border may return to Hungary without any restrictions from a neighbouring country designated by the minister responsible for foreign affairs in case their stay in the respective country didn’t last longer than 24 hours, and they didn’t go farther than 30 kilometres from the border.

VII. REGULATIONS FOR ATHLETES, SPORTS PROFESSIONALS, AND SPORTS EVENT ATTENDEES

1) If the person entering Hungary has a Hungarian residence, and is a registered athlete or a sports professional of a Hungarian sports association entering Hungary following the participation in an international sports event, or is an individual entering Hungary following the participation in an international sports event to which they were delegated or personally invited by a Hungarian sports association, the location where the sports association carries out sports activities may also be designated as the location of home quarantine.

2) If the person entering Hungary doesn’t have a Hungarian residence, and is a registered athlete or a sports professional of a Hungarian sports association entering Hungary following the participation in an international sports event, or is an individual entering Hungary following the participation in an international sports event to which they were delegated or personally invited by a Hungarian sports association, the location where the sports association carries out sports activities must be designated as the location of home quarantine.

3) Persons as defined by point 1) may commute between their residence and the location where the sports association carries out sports activities as organised by the sports association.

4) Persons as defined by points 1) and 2) may attend the trainings organised by the sports association.

5) Persons as defined by point 1) may also request their exemption from quarantine obligation as described in II. 4., but in their case, negative test results must come from two PCR tests taken at least 24 hours apart.

6) Non-Hungarian nationals
a) taking part in an international sports event in Hungary (not including spectators),
b) having personal invitations by the official organiser of a sports event in Hungary,
c) or arriving in Hungary to the invitation of a Hungarian sports association or a national sports federation as
ca) a licensed athlete,
cb) a sports professional, or
cc) a person taking part in the organisation of a sports event
may enter Hungary if they can prove with a Hungarian or English document that within five days before their entry into Hungary they were tested negative for COVID-19 twice, with the two tests having been conducted at least 48 hours apart.

7) Persons defined by point 6) may also enter Hungary if – taking UEFA protocol into account – they were tested negative for COVID-19 once within three days before the sports event.

8) The government may issue a specific decree regulating epidemiological measures to be followed during sports events of special significance.

VIII. TRANSIT TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

1) Non-Hungarian nationals may enter Hungary in passenger traffic if they are transiting the country, and in case during the health examination upon their entry to the country the suspicion of COVID-19 infection doesn’t arise.

2) Further conditions of entry for persons defined by point 1) are
a) meeting the requirements of the Schengen code,
b) satisfactorily proving the aim of their travel,
c) and being allowed to enter the country neighbouring Hungary on their way to their destination.

3) Persons defined by point 1) may only use the route as designated according to point 4), they may only stop for reasons absolutely necessary for transiting the country – technical or medical emergencies requiring immediate intervention –, and they must leave the territory of Hungary within the time limit defined by point 4), but not more than 24 hours.

4) The Chief of National Police designates the border crossings, the routes, and the rest areas for transit traffic, and the timeframe within which transit traffic must leave the territory of Hungary, and makes them public on the official police website.

IX. EPIDEMIOLOGICAL DATA MANAGEMENT

1) Persons in designated and home quarantine are registered by the respective epidemiological authority.

2) The government authorises the police to
a) check compliance with the rules of epidemiological isolation, epidemiological monitoring, quarantine, and epidemiological restrictions,
b) register people in epidemiological isolation, epidemiological monitoring, quarantine, and epidemiological restrictions,
c) register people exposed to public health – epidemiological danger, and people having been in contact with them.

3) In support of the police’s duties as an epidemiological authority, data owners must provide all personal data to the police free of charge, immediately, and with priority upon request.

4) Acting epidemiological authority forwards its resolution on the ordering of home quarantine, epidemiological isolation, epidemiological monitoring, or epidemiological restrictions to the police with priority in order to support the police’s work of monitoring compliance.

5) In order to be able to monitor compliance with home quarantine and epidemiological regulations, police keeps record of the data defined by point 4). No data can be kept on record that is not necessary for the monitoring of compliance with home quarantine and epidemiological regulations. Data must be deleted from the record at the time the home quarantine, epidemiological isolation, epidemiological monitoring, or epidemiological restrictions expire.

Source: Irish Embassy of Ireland, Hungary

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