Official: Foreign nationals may NOT enter Hungary for the purpose of residence
As of today, September 1, 2020, foreign citizens can NOT enter Hungary for the purpose of residence. The measure is in force until September 30, but with the possibility of extension.
Exceptions and derogation from the rule
Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule. There may be exceptions to the ban in the following situations:
- for participating in an administrative or judicial procedure, by presenting a document issued by a court or institution;
- for carrying out a business or other professional activity, justified by an invitation issued by central, local public authorities or autonomous administrations;
- if the presence in Hungary is justified by medical purposes, by presenting a medical letter or other medical certificate;
- for the participation in examinations of pupils and students, if the educational institution attests this fact by a certificate;
- Exemptions may also be granted to employees working in the field of freight transport when entry into the country concerns travel to the place of work (departure of transport), respectively return to the country after completion of transport of goods, proven by a certificate from the employer;
- for participating in the ceremonies of close relatives (marriage, death, baptism);
- for the care of relatives, according to Article V of the Hungarian Civil Code;
- for participating in international events in the fields of sports, culture or religion;
- for other legitimate reasons.
The request for a derogation will be addressed to the competent local police, depending on the point of entry into Hungarian territory. In the case of people arriving by plane at Budapest airport, the competent police is that of Sector XVIII Budapest. Requests for derogation shall be sent exclusively by electronic means in Hungarian or English to the address https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/home.
Applications may be rejected by the police if:
- there are doubts about the real purpose of entering Hungary;
- there are epidemiological, public security or national security risks on the part of the person wishing to enter Hungary.
The documents underlying the justification for the derogation will have to be submitted in original to the Hungarian border authorities on the date of entry into the country.
Hungary allows Romanians access within a radius of 30 km from the border, for a maximum of 24 hours.
However, The MFA states that the Hungarian authorities may allow access to Hungary, for a maximum period of 24 hours, for citizens of countries neighboring Hungary, within a maximum radius of 30 kilometers from the border. They are obliged to remain within a radius of 30 km and must leave Hungarian territory within a maximum of 24 hours.
Hungarian citizens living in the border area at a distance of 30 km and returning from neighboring countries may enter without restrictions if their period of stay abroad does not exceed 24 hours and if they have not left the radius of 30 km from the border line. border on the territory of the neighboring state.
Seasonal workers in Romania can also enter Hungarian territory, provided that the Hungarian employer submits an electronic form with their identification data to the Hungarian police. The border crossing points for this purpose will be established by the Hungarian police leadership.
COVID-19 test is NOT required for transit through Hungary.
With regard to transit, the Hungarian authorities stated that it is allowed, under the following conditions:
- the duration of the transit should not exceed 24 hours;
- people should not show symptoms specific to COVID-19 infection
- persons in transit must present a document which unequivocally shows the purpose of the trip and the country of destination, respectively to have secured entry into the territory of the neighboring state of Hungary, located on the transit route to the country of destination.
Exceptions and provisions regarding passenger transit
The transit will take place only on the designated routes and published on the web page a Hungarian police (see below), explicitly indicating the places of stop / rest.
The following border crossing points are open for the transit of Romanian citizens:
- PETEA - CSENGERSIMA, intended for the international trafficking of persons and goods (transit);
- URZICENI - VÁLLAJ, intended for international trafficking in human beings (transit);
- VALEA LUI MIHAI - NYÍRÁBRÁNY, intended for the international trafficking of persons and goods (transit);
- BORŞ - ÁRTÁND, intended for the international trafficking of persons and goods (transit);
- VĂRŞAND - GYULA, intended for the international trafficking of persons and goods (transit);
- TURNU - BATONYA, intended for the international trafficking of persons and goods (transit);
- NĂDLAC (NAGYLAK) - MAKO, intended for the international trafficking of persons and goods (transit);
- NĂDLAC 2 (highway) - CSANÁDPALOTA, intended for the international trafficking of persons and goods (transit);
- CENAD - KISZOMBOR - intended also for the transit of cross-border workers;
- CURTICI - LOKOSHAZA (railway);
- SĂCUIENI - LETAVERTES - intended for all types of traffic;
- SALONTA - MEHKERE - including for the transit of cross - border workers.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ROMANIAN CITIZENS TRAVELING TO / FROM ROMANIA:
- By road: no special recommendations
- By railă: According to a statement issued by the Hungarian Railway Company (MÁV), starting with July 1, 2020, the circulation of international trains to Romania was resumed, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. The number of high-speed trains on the Budapest-Vienna and Budapest-Munich routes is also supplemented.
- By air: International flights are allowed at Hungarian airports.
The airport transit will continue without restrictions, the airport can still be used as a boarding / disembarkation gate by Romanian citizens.
Romanian citizens will be able to enter Hungary (land border), to board from Budapest / Debrecen airport, without having to present the two negative COVID tests19, insofar as they will have on them the travel document, the document from which to unequivocally result the purpose of the trip and the country of destination, the plane ticket.
Airport transit from Western European states is also allowed. Romanian citizens landing in Budapest or Debrecen from other states will be able to transit Hungary to reach Romania, the condition being to have the transport provided from the airport to the border. Those coming from the red list countries will have to obtain an entry waiver in Hungary beforehand.