This year, we can finally enjoy the Advent atmosphere in Hungary. However, we need to be aware that some of the Christmas fairs can only be attended under strict epidemiological restrictions. Hereby, we list the venues where you will be required to present an immunity certificate or a negative coronavirus test.
Last year, the Hungarian Advent fairs were cancelled due to the pandemic situation. However, this year we can finally enjoy the Christmas spirit! In order to make it happen, we need to be prepared as some Hungarian Christmas markets can only be visited with an immunity card or a negative coronavirus test.
As we previously reported, the most famous Budapest Christmas market starts on 19 November at Vörösmarty square. According to the organiser, the event can only be visited with an immunity certificate or other epidemiological documents that comply with the current legislation.
Accordingly, the spectacular Advent fair can only be attended by visitors who are protected against the coronavirus.
This includes visitors who are vaccinated as well as those who have recovered from the coronavirus infection and can prove it with an official medical certificate. The latter can be a positive PCR test or rapid antigen test recorded in the Electronic Health Services System, EHIC, or a subsequent antibody test confirming the infection.
Both Hungarians and foreigners will be checked whether
they can prove their immunity with an international certificate or a negative PCR test.
The use of mask at Vörösmarty Square is not mandatory but it is strongly recommended. For the first time this year, cashless payment solutions will be introduced at catering establishments to reduce epidemiological risk. Furthermore, the organiser may also limit the number of attendants. Upon reaching a certain number of people, the access can be denied to visitors for as long as the number of people in the area decreases – reported by the Hungarian news portal Pénzcentrum.
“In love and safety.” This is the slogan of Advent Basilica 2021 and it is taken rather seriously by the organisers. The event, which will be held from 19 November to 1 January,
can only be attended with a valid immunity certificate or a negative PCR test issued 72 hours before entry.
The Advent fair, awarded as The Best Budapest Christmas Market in 2020, awaits visitors with exciting festive programs. According to the event’s website, this year – in full compliance with the current regulations – the gastro and handicraft exhibitors will return to the fair in Saint Stephen’s square. Following the annual tradition, a huge Christmas tree will be decorated along with a giant Advent wreath and a Bethlehem manger. The venue will also house the Advent Basilica event series.
The Christmas fair in Óbuda will open on 26 November. Here, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of Advent programs, concerts, and a handicraft fair. Skating will be available free of charge at two locations, at the Main Square and in the community area of the Békásmegyer market. In addition, people can enjoy aromatic mulled wine, delicious chimney cake, and tasty bread flamand at the Gastro Promenade. The event’s website does not mention yet whether an immunity card will be required to enter the Christmas fair.
Due to the increasing number of infections, the traditional Zugló Advent Fair on Bosnyák Square (14th district) will not be held this year. However, locals can enjoy a short two-hour program on the first Sunday of Advent during which the skating season will open and the first candle will be lit.
Apart from the Hungarian capital, the majority of Christmas fairs will be held in the countryside as well. In many places, restrictive measures have not been announced yet. If you wish to spend the Advent period in the countryside,
you should not miss the Christmas fairs of Győr, Pécs, Miskolc, Szeged, Szombathely, Eger, Vác, Cegléd, and Debrecen.
According to the regulations currently in force, the Debrecen fair can be visited without an immunity certificate. Advent fairs in the countryside await visitors with Christmas programs, festive concerts, handicraft products, delicious Christmas food, homemade cakes, mulled wine, and other delicacies presented in a warm Christmas atmosphere.