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Major Change: V4 Citizens with Negative Tests Allowed into Hungary after Sept 1

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.09.01.

Citizens of the other Visegrad Group countries will be allowed into Hungary after Sept. 1, if they can show negative coronavirus test results not older than five days, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in a post on Facebook on Monday.

The Hungarian government is banning foreigners from entering the country from Sept. 1, in view of the rising numbers of coronavirus infections.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had talks in Bled, Slovenia, on Monday, and agreed to exempt from the ban Czech citizens who had already booked their accommodation in Hungary for September, Szijjártó said. The prime ministers have discussed the Hungarian security measures in detail, and the Czech Republic has given guarantees regarding its own security measures, he added.

Coronavirus Entry Ban from September 1st: Details and Exceptions
Coronavirus Entry Ban from September 1st: Details and Exceptions

Last week, the Hungarian government announced that the country is closing its borders to foreigners starting on September 1st, re-introducing the border protection measures in force during the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic. The government decree, issued by the prime minister, has been published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Sunday with the […]Continue reading

Later in the day, Slovak and Polish citizens were also included in the exemption, as the Visegrad countries have cooperated closely in the fight against the coronavirus, Szijjártó said on Facebook.

It is also a huge difference that in the case of Polish, Czech, and Slovakian citizens, tests taken abroad are accepted.

Hungarians spending their holidays in Visegrad Group countries will be allowed to forgo quarantine with just one negative test result, Szijjártó said.

In the featured photo illustration: PM Orbán with the V4 Prime Ministers. Photo by Zoltán Fischer/PM’s Press Office