Traveling to Hungary – COVID-19 Updates
Hungary is a central European country with a multiethnic background and a progressive economy. It came to prominence in the early 20th Century following its merger with Austria to form the Austria-Hungary Empire. Having collapsed after World War I, Hungary began to build a name of its own.
COVID-19 travel restrictions are strict in Hungary for both native Hungarians and foreigners. The country was on a total lockdown from March to May of 2020, and restrictions on indoor venues would last for another year. Even since late May 2021, unvaccinated Hungarians still find themselves facing many restrictions.
With a handful of exceptions, only Hungarian citizens and relatives can enter the country. Anyone who enters the country is subject to a 10-day quarantine unless they show two negative COVID tests.
The U.S. State Department and the CDC have placed Hungary on a Level 4: Do Not Travel and a Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 advisory, respectively.
The future of traveling to Hungary after COVID-19 should be a light at the end of the tunnel. Despite having tight lockdown measures last year and highly restrictive travel, the country seems to be showing signs of reopening — at least, for the vaccinated. As the world begins to reopen, Hungary will likely follow suit. In the meantime, however, Hungary COVID-19 travel remains very limited for foreigners, the unvaccinated, and for non-essential purposes.