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Coronavirus: 30 Kilometer Limit for Commuters Abolished at Austrian Border

Hungary Today 2020.09.15.

The government has lifted the 30 kilometer area restriction, as well as the 24-hour time limit for commuters at the Austrian-Hungarian border with immediate effect as of Friday, according to Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer. The Hungarian authorities have notified the Austrian Ministry of the Interior of the lifting of the measure.

So far, based on the government decree of September 1st that banned the entry of foreign citizens to Hungary, commuters living in the 30-kilometer border zone could only travel to and from the 30 kilometer border zone of neighboring countries without restrictions, if they returned within 24 hours. Now, the government has lifted the 30 kilometer area restriction, as well as the 24-hour time limit for commuters at the Austrian-Hungarian border with immediate effect.

Karl Nehammer, the Austrian Minister of Interior said in a statement published on the ministry’s website, that he had been “in close contact with Hungarian colleague Sándor Pintér since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic. Ongoing dialogue is a key factor, especially at a time of such great challenges. Lifting travel restrictions will make things easier for many Austrian and Hungarian commuters.”

They recalled that the restriction introduced at the start of September due to the second wave of the coronavirus made it very difficult for Hungarians working in Austria to travel to and from the country. From now on, however, workers can commute between the two countries without restriction by presenting the appropriate certificates.

However, the change has not been published in the Hungarian government’s official gazette Magyar Közlöny. Also, there is no information yet whether the restrictions have been lifted at the common borders with the other neighboring countries.

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