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The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) demands that the government should pay for the cost of PCR tests to Hungarians who wish to travel to countries that refuse to accept non-European Union approved coronavirus vaccines.

DK spokesman Balázs Barkóczi told an online press conference on Monday that despite the government’s promises, Hungarian vaccination plastic cards are not sufficient for travelling to Croatia and Austria made it clear on Sunday that they do not accept eastern vaccines. Hungarians who received either a Chinese or a Russian vaccine will not be eligible to get Austria’s “Green Card” which is required to use hotels, restaurants and pools in the country, he added. Such persons must present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or an anti-gene test not older than 48 hours in order to get access to such services in Austria, Barkóczi said.

Hungarian Immunity Certificate Alone Not Enough to Cross Romanian Border
Hungarian Immunity Certificate Alone Not Enough to Cross Romanian Border

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Nobody should suffer disadvantage because of the “government’s failure”, Barkóczi said and added that the cabinet should bear the extra costs of tests. He also called on the government to “apologise for misleading Hungarians when it said they would be eligible to use every services even if inoculated with a Chinese vaccine”.

featured image: man being vaccinated with Chinese Sinopharm’s jab; illustration via Péter Lehoczky/MTI