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The state of emergency in Hungary was lifted on June 18, following a 3 month lockdown.
After Hungary has successfully mastered the first phase of the pandemic with a relatively low number of COVID-19 cases, public life is returning to normal. Shops and restaurants can be visited, public administrations have largely resumed their operations, and many businesses are returning from home office systems to everyday office life.
During the state of emergency more than 200 pieces of legislation were published. The legislative process took place in an extraordinary and novel situation, which is why in many areas no complete or clear regulation could be made. In order to facilitate orientation in the current legal situation, we have published several articles on relevant topics which can be found on our website. Below we summarize the most important rules for international business travel currently applicable in Hungary.
Hungarian citizens and their family members, as well as foreigners with a residence permit or a permanent residence in Hungary are allowed to enter the Hungarian border without limitations. For those arriving from abroad, the rules vary depending on their citizenship and which country they are entering Hungary from. Citizens of the European Union and Switzerland may generally enter from their home countries without any restrictions. The rules that apply are adopted partly by international decision makers and may change on a daily basis, so it is advisable to seek official information that is valid for the day of entry.
Airport transit via Budapest Airport is possible, however, due to the differences in the rules of travel referred to above, certain travelers are not allowed to leave the transit area during the waiting period until boarding for the connecting flight.
People not belonging to the same family must keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters, especially in public transport, at work and when shopping.
Face masks must be worn in public transport, in all shops, shopping centers and taxis. The mask requirement can also be fulfilled by wearing a headscarf or scarf covering the mouth and nose area.
All shops, restaurants and hotels are allowed to open since the beginning of June including the operation of indoor areas in the countryside as well as in Budapest.
Further regularly updated information about the COVID-19 situation in Hungary can be found in several languages on the COVID information site of the Swiss Embassy in Budapest.
Updated: 18. 06. 2020.
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