Hungary is in bilateral negotiations with a number of countries on the mutual acceptance of immunity certificates, so there’s no reason to fear the possible travel restrictions brought on by certain vaccine types, Chief of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás said during the government’s press conference on Thursday. The vaccination campaign of foreign nationals living in Hungary has already started, and they can soon book appointments online, he added.
Gulyás said Hungarians returning from other countries no longer need to go into quarantine if they have an immunity certificate, adding that the measure was being extended to accompanied minors.
On the issue of immunity certificates, Gulyás said that Hungary, just like other countries, currently only accepts its own certificates automatically. That is why Hungary is trying to make bilateral agreements with as many countries as possible. These agreements will also guarantee that when traveling, the only important factor will be whether someone has been vaccinated, and not which vaccine they have received.
Therefore, Gulyás considers the fear of certain vaccine types due to possible travel restrictions to be unjustified.
The government has so far concluded bilateral agreements with Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Bahrain. In addition, the government is in talks with “a countless number of countries,” including all those which neighbor Hungary, as well as all countries where a large number of Hungarians tend to spend their holidays.
The minister also pointed out that the only thing that matters when it comes to vaccinations is where people received them. If someone was vaccinated in Hungary, regardless of their nationality, they are entitled to an immunity certificate. However, those who were vaccinated abroad are not.
The vaccination campaign of foreign nationals living in Hungary has just started, Gulyás said, adding that they can already register online. Due to a technical problem, however, – which he promises will soon be resolved – they cannot yet book an appointment.
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