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Covid-19 Update

Novel Coronavirus

From 1 September 2020, Hungary has closed its border to all foreign nationals, including Irish nationals, for an indefinite period due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new rules allow for certain exemptions, including for international students. An unofficial translation of the main points of the Hungarian Government decree is set out below.
 
Under the new rules, only Hungarian nationals, non-Hungarian nationals who are permanently resident in Hungary or non-Hungarian nationals who have permission to remain longer than 90 days, are allowed entry into the country.
 
Exemptions
 
Foreign nationals, including Irish nationals, can enter Hungary for only the following specific justifiable reasons:
 
a) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in a Hungarian court procedure;
b) the non-Hungarian national is carrying out business or other activity justified by a letter of invitation issued by a central government body, an individual regulatory body, or an autonomous state body;
c) the non-Hungarian national is receiving health care service, certified by a document issued by the health care institution;
d) the non-Hungarian national is carrying out study or exam duty required by an educational institution, certified by a document issued by the educational institution;
e) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in cargo related passenger traffic if the aim of the travel is either to get to the cargo transport’s point of departure, or to get home after carrying out such cargo transport duty, if certified by a document issued by the employer;
f) the non-Hungarian national’s participation in family events (wedding, funeral, christening);
g) the non-Hungarian national is taking care of a relative;
h) the non-Hungarian national is taking part in an international sports-, cultural or religious event of a special significance;
i) the non-Hungarian national intends to enter the country for other justifiable reasons.
 
Foreign nationals wishing to enter Hungary for the reasons listed above must apply for an exemption online at https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/home . The form, which should be completed in advance of traveling, can be completed in English or Hungarian.
 
Please note that on entering, individuals must agree to undergo a medical examination (temperature check). In case a suspicion of COVID-19 infection arises during the health examination, the individual will be refused entry.
 
Quarantine & Testing Rules
 
All those entering Hungary (unless transiting) must agree to enter mandatory, legally enforceable 14 day quarantine. If the person has no place of residency in Hungary, they must enter a government designated place of quarantine.
 
The quarantined individual may request from the authorities permission to have two PCR tests conducted within 5 days of arrival, which must be taken 48 hours apart. If the two PCR tests are negative, the authorities can exempt the individual from their quarantine obligation. The cost of the PCR tests must be met by the individual.
 
Entry rules may change at short notice. You can find the latest announcements on the Hungarian government website (in English): http://abouthungary.hu/news-in-brief/coronavirus-heres-the-latest/

The Hungarian Government continues to take certain measures aimed at controlling the spread of COVID 19. These include a social distancing rule of 1.5 m and the wearing of masks by everybody over 6 years old in shops and on public transport. 

If you are in Hungary, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below. The Hungarian Government also has a 24-hour, free, English-speaking help-line: +36 80 277 455 & +36 80 277 456. 

Returning to Ireland

With effect from midnight on 20 September, Hungary has been removed from Ireland’s 'green' (normal precautions) list, and the security status rating has been changed to ‘avoid non-essential travel.’ Passengers arriving into Ireland from Hungary will be requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from Hungary are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. The form is available online and paper versions of the form are also available at points of entry into Ireland, if required. Failure to complete the form is an offence. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements.

Further advice for people who have recently returned from abroad is available from the HSE.

For flight information, please contact your airlines. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for travel updates @irlembbudapest

Embassy Services

From 25 May 2020, the Embassy will re-open to the public but in a limited and with reduced capacity in order to comply with social distancing rules. The Department has also introduced new workplace arrangements in Dublin to combat the spread of Covid-19, please keep in mind that the processing of applications such as CDCs, FBRs and passports may take a little longer due to these temporary working arrangements. All applications are processed as fast as possible within these arrangements.

The Embassy is open Monday – Friday during the hours of 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00.
Consular services are by appointment only. Please phone the Embassy on +36 1 301 4960 or email us at budapestembassy@dfa.ie to arrange an appointment.

All passport applications should be made online.

Visa services will resume on a phased basis from Monday 22, June.
Only long-stay visas (‘D’ categories) will be processed initially.
No tourism or short-stay visas (‘C’ categories) will be processed at this time due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland.
Certain Priority/Emergency cases will continue to be processed as normal.
Those travelling will be expected to serve a 14-day period of self-isolation upon arrival to Ireland.
Please be assured that we fully intend to resume our full visa service just as soon as public health concerns have abated in line with Irish Government policy.
Please email budapestembassy@dfa.ie if you have any queries.

These changes which will remain in effect for the foreseeable future and will be reviewed depending on developments.

Stay safe. Thank you for your understanding.

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