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Temporary closure of borders as of September 1, 2020

Hungarian Borders Temporarily Closed


The Hungarian government has ordered the temporary closure of the borders as of September 1, 2020. These rules are expected to remain in force until November 1, 2020.


Persons who are Hungarian citizens and their family members, persons with a Hungarian residence permit or a long-term visa (over 90 days) as well as professional sportsmen or persons working for a Hungarian sports organization may continue to enter Hungary. Entry for business purposes is possible without further restrictions, if the business purpose can be justified upon entry. Other persons are refused entry.

Exceptions to these regulations may be granted by the Hungarian authorities if certain criteria are met. Persons who are eligible for an exemption must submit an application in Hungarian or English. Exemptions can be granted to, among others, businessmen, students of a Hungarian university, persons participating in important family events and persons who have to care for a family member.

Anyone entering from abroad has to enter into a police-controlled quarantine for 10 days. The quarantine obligation can be lifted under certain conditions after two negative tests. Leaving Hungary is permitted without restrictions, however business travelers are also subject to the rules of their transit countries and possibly a quarantine obligation when entering their country of residence.

Below we summarize the most important rules for social interactions currently applicable in Hungary.  If you wish to learn more about the relevant rules of COVID-legislation in Hungary, please consult the special chapter on our website.


Social Distancing


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.


Obligation to wear a mask


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.


Store opening times


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: 19. 10. 2020.

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