Embassy of Switzerland in Hungary
Information on Coronavirus / Covid-19 in Hungary
Please be aware that the following information is not binding.
There are also several confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection in Hungary. The Hungarian government therefore declared a national emergency on 11 March. As a result, the extraordinary emergency law came into force on 12 March. The movement restriction were lifted nationwide on 18.5. However, the distance rules (1.5m) must still be observed everywhere.
The decision taken by the government entails various measures:
- Introduction of border closures
Only Hungarian citizens and their family members, as well as foreigners who have a residence permit and/or permanent residence in Hungary, may currently enter the country. All other persons are currently not permitted to enter the country. Anyone returning from abroad must go to a police-controlled self-quarantine for 14 days after entry.
The only exceptions to this rule are a few cases of hardship defined according to precise criteria and approved by the Hungarian authorities. At present, the application can only be submitted in Hungarian. Here you can find an inofficially translated version of the application form. Please note, however, that this is intended solely as a non-binding aid for you and that we do not take any responsibility for any changes or deviations. Furthermore, we strongly advise you to consult a Hungarian-speaking person to assist you in filling out the application form.
There is currently no information on when the border closure will be further relaxed.
Direct transit is possible under certain conditions.
For more detailed information regarding transit or hardship applications, please contact email@example.com, the official government hotline (+36 80 277 455 and +36 80 277 456) or contact us by e-mail.
- Mask wearing obligation
Masks are still mandatory in public transport, all shops, markets, shopping centres and taxis across the country. Until further notice, the measure requires that the mouth and nose area be covered with a mask, headscarf or scarf.
- Event bans
Even after 18.5., events with more than 500 people remain prohibited nationwide until 15.8. Funerals and marriages can be held (max. 200 guests are allowed at weddings). § Outdoor cultural and sporting events are allowed again. This also applies to outdoor events that are protected by tents or partially covered (stadium, outdoor stage, open-air cinema). However, strict distance rules apply. The casual event permit does not apply to music and dance events. However, open-air museums, beaches and swimming pools may be reopened. All cinemas, libraries, etc. are closed until further notice. Church services will take place again. Sports trainings are also allowed again.
- Regulations of shop opening hours
All shops are allowed to open again without time limit. Between 9:00-12:00, only seniors over 65 are still allowed to go to grocery stores, drugstores and pharmacies. Gastronomy businesses are allowed to reopen indoor areas, terraces and gardens throughout the country, provided that the safety distance is maintained. Accommodation establishments may also reopen in compliance with the rules.
- Keeping a safe distance
When staying outside, a distance of at least 1.5 meters must always be maintained to all people who do not live in the same household. This must be observed especially in public transport, at work or when shopping.
- Closure of school, university and college operations
At least until the beginning of June, only digital distance learning will continue to be allowed for schools nationwide. The heads of the colleges and universities, however, have the sole right to decide whether or not the respective higher education institution will start operating. Student residences will remain closed. Unless childcare can be guaranteed otherwise, on-call services are available in kindergartens and schools.
The government is still asking all elderly people to only leave their place of residence or stay when absolutely necessary. If a person over 70 undertakes to do so and informs the local government, the mayor of the given municipality is responsible for their care.
These measures are valid until further notice! The authorities monitor compliance with these regulations and impose fines for violations. Please note that the new measures can be changed at any time.
On 13 March the Federal Council called on all Swiss travelers to return. It may only be possible to leave Hungary by commercial means of transport for a short time. It is the case that you will have to bear the responsibility according to the ASG yourself and possibly accept alternative, more complicated travel routes and pay the corresponding costs for the travelers.
Many Swiss nationals travelling abroad ask the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA for recommendations and advice on their return journey. A list of questions and answers.
The FDFA calls on Swiss nationals travelling abroad to register on the "Travel Admin App" . This will enable the FDFA to provide you with better support on your return journey.
Information on the remaining air traffic is provided by Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport.
If you have any questions regarding your departure and return from Hungary, please contact the consulate of your respective transit countries. Please consult their websites first and call them only if necessary.
The daily updated case numbers can be found in Hungarian on the official government website. It also provides information on the current situation in Hungary.
The telephone hotline with 24-hour availability answers further questions in Hungarian and English at +36 80 277 455 and +36 80 277 456. The hotline can also be called in case you show any symptoms. If this number is not available due to increased demand, in case of illness, you may also contact your family doctor or the local emergency doctor (Orvosi ügyelet).
The FDFA's website Travel Advice also contains the latest travel information on Hungary.
During your stay in Hungary, please pay attention to information and always follow the instructions of local authorities.
On state level, the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland FHPO informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.
Detailed information on the currently valid entry regulations for Switzerland can be found here.
All information is based on official data provided by the Hungarian government. Due to the novel and complex situation, the Swiss representation in Hungary cannot guarantee the completeness of the information. The information is continuously updated and adapted.
Last modification: 29.5.2020, 11:45
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