There are two weeks to go until the kick-off of the first football European Championships game ever held on Hungarian soil. Lately, football federation MLSZ has published some additional information for fans. While for foreigners entry tickets will virtually serve as an immunity certificate, Hungarians have to collect a wristband before entry to the stadium. Moreover, UEFA will soon make some more tickets available.
According to the government decree, a person without Hungarian citizenship arriving for the Euro may enter the country with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry. After the games, a match ticket will serve as the equivalent to an immunity card, authorizing foreign visitors to enter inside restaurants, hotels, stadiums, or leisure events.
This certainly drew some criticism, as locals don’t have these rights at the moment. Hungarians can only enter the inside spaces of a restaurant, go to hotels or concerts if they hold an immunity card (received either after having been vaccinated or having gone through the infection).
Meanwhile, MLSZ also disclosed some information about the match day particulars. While Hungarian fans can only enter the stadium with a valid immunity certificate, these documents will have to be checked before even nearing the stadium. Checkpoints will be set up in three locations across Budapest where immunity certificate holders will be handed a wristband. These three spots are: the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Ferencváros’ (Groupama) Stadium at Népliget, and Dózsa György street right by City Park (close to the fan zone). Important to note that while wristbands can be picked up even days before the kick-off, different ones will be issued for each game.
In addition, those flying in for the Euro will be able to collect their wristbands at the airport upon arrival, according to MLSZ.
As we previously reported, Hungary is the only host country which has allowed full-house matches. And sold-out terraces, at least for the two games of the Hungarian national team, are something already virtually guaranteed, since on May 5th, fans bought up all of the tickets allocated in that stage in a mere hour.
There are still some chances for entry, however. UEFA announced yesterday that it would make some more (remaining) tickets available on Wednesday (first-come, first-serve). In addition, on Friday, fans who had their tickets canceled and refunded through the ballots which ran in May 2021 will be given priority to purchase some more remaining tickets.
The three games of Group F to be held in Budapest are:
- June 15 (Tuesday), 18:00: Hungary-Portugal
- June 19 (Saturday), 15:00: Hungary-France
- June 23 (Wednesday), 21:00: Portugal-France
In addition, Puskás Aréna will also host one round of 16 games on June 27th at 18:00.
The Hungarian team will take the field twice before the Euro. On June 4th, Marco Rossi’s team will receive Cyprus, then four days later Ireland will pay a visit to the Hungarian capital.
featured image: Puskás Aréna’s inauguration game in 2019; via Tibor Illyés/MTI