Entry into Hungary from Austria will be permitted if people present a document showing the negative result of a test for novel coronavirus carried out in the previous four days, according to a government decree published on Thursday.
But if Covid-19 symptoms become apparent within 14 days of entry, home quarantine will be obligatory and the authorities must be notified by phone.
The rule also applies to anyone with permanent residence in Hungary who is a citizen of a European Economic Area country.
The regulation does not apply in the case of freight carriers crossing the border.
The government is negotiating with neighboring countries on the possibility of opening additional crossings, according to a police official.
The Hungarian government also decided to lift quarantine rules from Friday for Slovak citizens who travel to Hungary and stay for no longer than 24 hours.
The measure is in response to the Slovak government’s decision to allow its citizens to travel to a neighbouring country without requiring them to enter quarantine on their return, Péter Szijjártó said on his Facebook page.
The measure, which applies from today, will help the reunion of families and communities living in the border region, he said.
In view of bilateral economic relations, commuters were already allowed to cross the border for work, Szijjártó noted.
Slovakia, like to Hungary, has been effective in containing the epidemic and has kept the number of infections low, he said.