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COVID-19 update: The latest news about the coronavirus in Hungary

Travelers can enter Hungary and either stay in quarantine or pay for a PCR test.

Starting August 1, those arriving in Hungary from countries with a yellow or red rating will still be required to remain at home for 14 days. If a person wishes to be exempted from compulsory home quarantine, they can undergo a PCR test at their own expense; if the test result is negative, they can be released from quarantine.

Following a medical examination at the border, new arrivals receive notification of the mandatory quarantine and a red card, which they are required to affix to the door of their apartment or home.

If a person wishes to be exempted from compulsory home quarantine, they must submit an application, which costs HUF 3,000, to the territorially competent district office or in Budapest. The applicant will then be given an order to leave quarantine and visit a location to take the PCR test. 

It is not possible to use public transport to visit the testing site; people must make an appointment and wear a mask as well. 

The National Center for Public Health has designated some 130 testing sites for tourists returning from yellow or red countries. The list is available on the organization’s website.

The cost of the test is HUF 3,500 for sampling and HUF 27,000 for the PCR test, a total of HUF 30,500. Results are released within 24 hours, and a certificate in English costs an additional HUF 1,000. The emergency price is HUF 45,750 for those who would like to receive their results on the same day. Applicants must notify the authorities of their result, which is sent by the laboratory via email.

Those coming from a yellow-rated country can leave quarantine after the first negative PCR test, but they are also required to take the second test. Those coming from a red-rated country are required to remain in quarantine until they receive the result of their second test.

The European Union has reviewed and further narrowed the range of countries whose citizens can enter the European Union without restrictions. According to the latest information, the list includes Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. 

Montenegro, Algeria and Serbia are off the list, and restrictions on China will only be lifted by the Council of the European Union if China does the same. The list is reviewed and updated every two weeks.

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