Briefing notes

COVID-19 Update: People can travel with all vaccines this summer

Today, we have reached a new milestone by reaching 4 million vaccinated, so the new rules will take effect on Saturday morning, PM Orbán said last Friday.

PM Orbán said that the start of the curfew would change from midnight on Saturday, and shops and catering establishments can now remain open until 11 p.m.

The interiors of restaurants, hotels, leisure facilities, museums, zoos, cinemas and theaters are now open to those with a vaccine certificate. Protected family members may take minors under the age of 18 with them.

After May 10, vaccinations for children between 16 and 18 will begin. The necessary amount of the Pfizer vaccine will be set aside for this age group, so the adult population is temporarily not being vaccinated with Pfizer. 

There is already enough protection in the country, but people still need to get vaccinated, the PM stressed.

Viktor Orbán said that they expected there would be a debate on the vaccine certificate, but people were also asked about this in the national consultation, and 65 percent said that this distinction could be made. So far in Hungary, more adults have received the vaccine than those who have not.

The PM also said that Montenegro and Serbia have already agreed to accept the Hungarian vaccine certificate when traveling, and the government is negotiating the same possibility with several neighboring countries. No one should be discriminated against based on the vaccine they received, and those vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine should be able to travel freely in the summer, he stressed.

The EU vaccine card is still up in the air and could take months, and we don’t want to wait for that. Until then, we will use our own card and conclude agreements with our neighbors on a reciprocal basis, he added. 

According to the prime minister, people can attend sports events with a vaccine certificate, but,  for example, wedding guests cannot be divided into protected and non-protected. People can also sit inside restaurants with a vaccine certificate, while people without the card can sit on the terrace. Also, if someone is not vaccinated but sits inside, they will be required to wear a mask.

The PM said that the wage subsidy provided for May is enough for restarting the economy but not enough for success. Those who have been out of business for half a year or a year need to be supported. This is why wage subsidies have been extended and investment development subsidies are being given to SMEs. The operational group responsible for restarting the economy will soon be up and running, and people will see the steps being planned, he added.

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