Hungary has significantly eased entry restrictions to people who wish to enter from both inside and outside of the European Union. According to a decree published in the Hungarian Gazette, the official periodical of the Hungarian government, starting Saturday August 7, proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of flying will be the only required Covid documentation to travel into Hungary from multiple parts of the world.
Turizmus.com reported on the government statement, explaining that this is the first decree to open entry for people with non-Hungarian and non-EU Covid documentation.
No Vaccination Required for Entry
The areas of the world from where people can travel to Hungary with negative PCR tests issued in English or Hungarian now include:
- The European Union or its candidate countries
- Member states of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- The United Arab Emirates
- Members of the Turkic Council (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkey)
- Countries specified by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in agreement with the Minister of Public Security
The wide-ranging invitation to international organizations and countries opens Hungary up to key trading partners, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, and South Korea.
Minimal Covid Threat in Hungary
The decree also opens unrestricted travel to Ukraine, the only neighbor of Hungary which did not benefit from it opening its land and water borders to neighboring countries back in June.
Aside from air travel, all citizens of countries neighboring Hungary can enter without any kind of Covid documentation.
Furthermore, all of Hungary’s hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions are accessible without any kind of Covid documentation.
This open approach can likely be attributed to the current minimal Covid threat in Hungary and the virus’ diminishing threat around the world. Whether it will be revoked and followed by a return to restrictions in the Fall, when the virus is expected to make a comeback, remains to be seen.
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