Rules for entering Hungary
Monday, 28 September 2020
We have received several questions about entering Hungary. This description should give you all the answers you will need.
From 1 September 2020, all countries of the world are classified unsafe to travel to/from by the Hungarian authorities and as such, foreign citizens can only enter Hungary under special conditions. This measure is to protect all residents from the spread of the Coronavirus. Please be mindful of this and do NOT engage in unnecessary international travel (not even within the EU) until further notice.
Students at Hungarian universities can still enter Hungary despite the ban. However, there are strict rules regarding it! Also, in these volatile times, rules and regulations may change overnight, so please keep an eye on Hungarian news.
All students are subject to a 10-day-long mandatory home quarantine at their Hungarian address. This quarantine may be lifted after taking 2 PCR SARS-CoV-2 tests in Hungary (at least 48 hours apart). The university cannot provide you with a place to spend your quarantine, so we strongly advise you to arrange accommodation for yourself before arriving!
Testing is conducted at Semmelweis University, for scholraship holders it is free and for tuition fee paying students it is 30,500 HUF (arrange by BME – more information will be available later). If you decide to do the tests privately, you can request clinics to do the tests for you. They will cost you approximately 30,000-35,000 HUF. A complete list of competent clinics are available here in Hungarian. Also two of these clinics have websites in English: Rózsakert Medical Center and Buda Health Center.
Alternatively, you can stay in quarantine for 2 weeks. Online grocery shopping and deliveries work perfectly in Budapest, so you will not face any needs.
RULES FOR ALL STUDENTS
- If you do not have a residence permit and a visa is required from you, apply for a D-type visa.
- Download, fill and print the Neptun certificate, according to this page.
- Print your Letter of Acceptance.
- Request and print a student status certificate (E999 request on Neptun)
- Arrange quarantine accommodation if your long-term accommodation is not suitable for self-isolation.
- Submit a leniency form on the Hungarian Police’s website: https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/uj-ugy-inditasa/. This guide will help you: https://www.imt.bme.hu/wp-content/uploads/Police-Guide.pdf
If you need a place, where you can spend your quarantine, here are some hotel/hostel options:
- Corvin Hotel Budapest
- Mellow Moods Hotels
- Guest Student: the company’s profile include private dormitories and apartment rentals. They help with the quarantine only if you live in their establishments for a longer period (possibly full term)
Have a safe trip and a successful term!