Hungary will conclude agreements with other countries on COVID-19 immunity certificates
Hungary is trying to reach a bilateral agreement with each country that will allow this, said the Head of the Prime Minister's Office, Gergely Gulyás, on the mutual recognition of COVID-19 travel certificates. At the same time, the Hungarian government has authorized the country's Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, to conclude bilateral agreements on the mutual recognition of these documents, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Hungary has announced that all vaccinated persons in Serbia and Montenegro they will be allowed to enter the country, as Hungary has reached a common agreement for the mutual recognition of immunity documents. Under the agreement, persons holding vaccine documents in Hungary would benefit from the same options as the holder of an immunity certificate of the partner country. Gulyas stressed that Hungary would also recognize the vaccine passports of the partner country.
Hungary will conclude bilateral agreements with other countries on COVID-19 immunity certificates.
According to Gulyas, the Hungarian government is also trying to amend the penal code to include certificates of immunity and make their violation a serious crime. "Service providers could face serious consequences if they do not require customers to present certificates, with fines of HUF 100.000 (EUR 280) to HUF 1 million or even imprisonment," he added.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Hungarian authorities have reported 785.960 cases of infection, and 28.173 people have died. According to figures published by Worldometers, more than 538,965 people have fully recovered from the disease, while there are still more than 218.829 active cases. Such figures have prompted the country's government to maintain some preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus and new strains.
In an attempt to make the travel process easier for all people who have been vaccinated against Coronavirus, the Hungarian authorities have previously introduced immunity certificates, following the example of other European countries. At the time, Gulyás pointed out that such documents would not have an expiration date, as there was insufficient information on how long immunity lasted after two doses of vaccine.