Hungary has reopened its borders for international tourism and is now accepting visitors from select countries all over the world, depending on risk classification.
Below we have compiled a guide with everything you need to know about travelling to Hungary during these uncertain times, which countries can visit, entry requirements, and any other rules for Hungary you need to know about.
Hungary is closing borders for ALL international tourism, as of September 1. The ban is excepted to last at least 30 days. The below entry requirement and reopening information is not valid during this closure.
Update October 4:
Hungary has decided to extend the closure ban another month, until at least November 1, 2020
2021 Update: Hungary’s borders have stayed essentially shut since September. Updates to come for Febriary 2021…
Which countries can travel to Hungary?
Hungary has developed a color-coded entry system which they state is based on risk assessment, but must be based on other unknown factors, as some low-risk countries have been denied entry, while other extremely high-risk countries have been granted entry with restrictions.
Countries in the green category include: all member states of the EU, the EEA, and Switzerland, (except for, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Norway, as they show on the yellow list) and South Korea
Countries classified as yellow include: Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Norway, Russia, Spain, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Japan, China and Canada.
Countries classified red include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Kosovo, North-Macedonia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and then generally all of Central American and South American countries, the Middle East, most of Asia, and Africa.
Entry Rules By Classification
Each color classification has its own entry rules into Hungary
Green: No restrictions
Tourists arriving from Green category countries can enter Hungary without restrictions. There will be no mandatory tests or quarantine.
However, temperature checks and a health questionarie should be expected on arrival.
Yellow: 14-day quarantine
Tourists arriving from Yellow category countries will undergo medical examination on entry. If a suspicion of infection is established, the foreign passenger is not allowed to enter Hungary. If no suspicion of infection arises, then the passenger is allowed to enter, but it is mandatory for him/her to go to home quarantine or the quarantine designated by the epidemiological authority for 14 days.
Red: No entry
Tourists from red category countries are not allowed entry into Hungary.
Wearing of masks at the airport
While it is not mandatory to wear a face mask at Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport, it is obligatory to wear one on board flights. Signs have also been put into place to remind travelers to maintain a safe distance between one another.
Have Flights Resumed to Hungary?
Budapest is the largest airport in Hungary. Flights to and from countless cities in the EU have already resumed.
Major airlines that have the most routes into/from Budapest include: RyanAir, WizzAir, and LOT.
New York starts flying direct to Budapest on Sept 1 with LOT airlines.
This article was originally published July 16, 2020