Updated on 26 January 2022

In order to provide a safe environment for both our staff and clients, Hungarian consulates in the UK continue to follow relevant public health measures. For further details please click here.

*** The following summary is intended to serve as general information for those planning a trip from the UK to Hungary. Detailed rules and requirements are available in the relevant government decree. For further information in English please check the websites of the competent Hungarian authorities listed on the bottom of this page. Should you have further question, please contact the official COVID-hotline in Hungary at koronavirus@1818.hu or 003615501825 **

Entry requirements

The following categories, regardless of their nationality, are exempted from any covid-related measures (i.e. entry permit requirement, self-isolation requirement, etc) upon entry to Hungary from the UK (except if they visited a red list country within 14 days from entry): 

  • Those who have an NHS certificate as proof of COVID-19 vaccination* 
    • If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
  • Those who have an EU Digital Covid Certificate under Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of the European Parliament and of the Council*
  • Those who have a Hungarian Immunity Certificate* 
  • persons holding a certificate of immunity* issued by a country that has entered into a bilateral agreement with Hungary on the mutual acceptance of certificates of immunity who certify their immunity to coronavirus by presenting the official verification card certifying immunity to coronavirus issued by that country. List of bilateral agreements (in Hungarian) is available at the Hungarian Consular Service's website
  • persons holding a certificate of immunity* issued by a country, certificates of immunity issued by which are unilaterally recognised by Hungary who certify their immunity to coronavirus by presenting the official verification card certifying immunity to coronavirus issued by that country. List of unilaterally recognised certificated of immunity (in Hungarian) is available at the Hungarian Consular Service's website
  • Children (under 18) travelling under the supervision of an adult falling under one of the above categories
  • persons who, upon entering the territory of Hungary, provide credible evidence that they have gone through COVID-19 disease within 6 months before the day of presenting themselves at the border (a positive and a negative PCR /swab test is required);
  • persons (including children) who have a negative PCR test condudcted in the previous 72 hours of arrival (Please note that only certificates from approved private providers can be accepted - see the list on gov.uk; the PCR test result should be either in Hungarian or English and should contain: date/type of test/result of test/and evidence of where the test was performed)
  • Those who are travelling to Hungary to perform business or economic activity (and are able to credibly attest this at the border)
  • Those who enter Hungary from the territory of the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Austria, Romania, the Republic of Serbia, the Slovak Republic or the Republic of Slovenia, except in case of entry by civil aircraft.
  • Border-crossing freight traffic;
  • Border crossing with an official passport;
  • Official visits (the purpose shall be proved with documents);

* as of 15 February 2022 these certificates do not entitle their holders to enter Hungary without restrictions if one of the following applies

  • in case of a single dose vaccine, 6 months has passed since the first (only) vaccination and they have not received another one since.
  • in case of a double dose vaccine, 6 months has passed since the second vaccination and they have not received another one since.

Those foreign nationals who are not exempted based on the above should apply for a special entry permit to the Hungarian Police. The police may allow entry if the applicant provides evidence that the objective of entry is:

  • participating in court or other authority proceedings;
  • accessing healthcare services on the basis of a referral;
  • fulfilling a study or examination obligation, with certification from an education institution;
  • reaching the point of departure for cargo-related transit;
  • participation in family events, e.g. wedding, funeral, baptism;
  • caring for or nursing a relative as defined in the Hungarian Civil Code;
  • participating in church events of major international importance
  • any legitimate reason other than those specified above

Applications shall be submitted online directly to the Police (​Submissions related to the  epidemic control measures --> On lodging an equity request to cross the state border --> form COVID-02)

If you need a visa to enter Hungary, please check the "Visa information" part of our website.

Self-isolation requirements

All people entering Hungary who are not exempted (see 'Entry requirements') may be subject of a medical examination for COVID-19 (including a brief interview and temperature screening). Unless resident in Hungary, foreign nationals will be denied entry should they show signs of COVID-19. 

Those who are not suspected of being infected (and are not exempted - see below) will need to self-isolate for 10 days, or until they produce two negative PCR/swab tests within 5 days but at least 48 hours apart. Only tests performed in Hungary can be accepted. For the list of medical centres where approved PCR/ swab tests are available, please click -->here. Some providers perform PCR tests at home. Please note that the first test can be performed even at the Budapest Airport testing center.  Please note that children are not exempted from the testing requirement. In case the foreign national has no place of residence in Hungary (which can be a private home or hotel/airbnb as well), they must enter quarantine at a government - designated location. 

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To facilitate smooth entry, Budapest Airport and Airport Police Directorate ask passengers to prepare the necessary documents, so that the authorities can make their decision on the quarantine as soon as possible, and can issue the certificate ordering it or on the exemption from it. They also ask all travellers to monitor the travel information issued by their airline and Budapest Airport's website for all other relevant information. 

The quarantine subject shall travel directly to the location of the quarantine after entering Hungary; he/she shall only be allowed to interrupt the journey for health, technical or, if traveling by public transport, timetable-related reasons. After arriving to the location of the self-isolation the red sign (provided to him by the police upon entry) shall be placed on the front door of the quarantine flat in a manner that is clearly visible to all. Please note that self-isolation is legally enforceable (authorities perform regular checks) and those who brake the rules may be fined. The police might perform regular on-site visits to check if selt-isolation rules are respected.  

In order to leave self-isolation for the purpose of testing, the local police should be --> notified online (Submissions related to the  epidemic control measures --> Send information about the PCR test date --> form COVID-06) at least 24 hours prior to the test appointment. Once the Police acknowledged the receipt of the notification via e-mail, the self-isolation can be suspended for the time of the PCR-test. When leaving the quarantine flat, the quarantine subject shall only be allowed to interrupt his/her travel to the test location for health, technical, or, if traveling by public transport, timetable-related reasons. When the second test result is available and both of them were negative, they shall be uploaded to the Police's website (Submissions related to the  epidemic control measures -->  Send information on the results of PCR negative tests related to border crossing --> form COVID-08). The local police will download your test results and aknowledge the receipt via email including further instructions. Once you recieved the confirmation email from the local police you can end your quarantine.   

For direct contact details of local police please click --> here (only available in Hungarian). 

Transiting through Hungary

All foreign nationals transiting through Hungary must also undergo a medical examination at the border and show no symptom of COVID-19. In order to be exempted from all epidemiological restrictions you must be able to prove what your destination is, the reason you are travelling and that you are able to transit to your final destination (e.g. you have the necessary entry visa to Hungary as well as to the final destination). Throughout the transit you can only use the humanitarian corridor as set by Hungarian Police, dedicated petrol and rest stations and specific border crossing points.  
 
Further information in English is available on the following websites:

Hungarian National Health Agency

Hungarian Government

Hungarian Police

Budapest Airport  

Planet Budapest 2021

*** Should you have further question, please contact the official COVID-hotline in Hungary at koronavirus@1818.hu or 003615501825*