Austria made its requirements for entry even easier on May 19, with quarantine no longer being required if specific conditions are met by those who decide to travel. Currently only Sinopharm and European Medicines Agency approved vaccines are authorized for exemption from quarantine, but negotiations are under way for Sputnik V as well. It may be an issue for Hungarians that all documents proving vaccination, negative PCR tests, antibody tests, and recovery from vaccination must be provided in either English or German.
Entry to Austria is now allowed through a negative PCR test, proof of recovery from the virus, or vaccination. In the case of vaccination, individuals can enter if they received their first vaccination more than 22 days prior.
The immunity certification of first vaccinations is valid in Austria for one month, while it is valid for six months after a second vaccination. Currently, only vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization or EMA are approved for this. The only other vaccine in Hungary for which this is not yet available is the Russian Sputnik V.
The option for Hungarians who have not been vaccinated, or have been vaccinated with Sputnik V, is to either show a negative PCR test or an antibody test. The PCR test must not be older than 72 hours, while the results of the antibody test must be shared within 48 hours of travel.
It is also important to note that these tests must be certified by a doctor, and that children under the age of 10 are not required to show a test, Turizmus.com reports. If someone recently recovered from the virus, they can enter Austria free of quarantine up to six months after their recovery.
Those who are not vaccinated and do not have an immunity card should also consider their return trip to Hungary, and check whether they can do so without going into quarantine.
Everyone entering Austria must first register to do so online, in order to have “Pre-Travel Clearance,” which will be checked at the border. It is also crucial that documents proving vaccination, a negative PCR test, or recovery from infection be provided in either English or German, which could prove to be a significant issue in Hungary.
While Hungarian immunity certificates are provided in both English and Hungarian, they lack specific details such as the time of vaccination and vaccine type. In order to avoid issues at the border, the government may need to ensure that more documents, such as PCR tests and antibody tests, are available in both English and Hungarian.
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