The Hungarian government decree on travel restrictions during the epidemiological crisis is going to change from 21 September. From Monday, the obligatory quarantine will be reduced from 14 to 10 days.
According to Turizmus, the latest Hungarian government decree modifies some of the points in the existing decree about travel restrictions. According to the new decree, Hungarian citizens entering Hungary from foreign countries that have a high risk of infection, or any foreign citizens entering Hungary, still have to be quarantined, but if no infection is suspected,
the quarantine period is reduced from 14 days to 10 days, starting from 21 September.
The rules for exemption from the quarantine remain unchanged, meaning one would need two negative COVID-19 tests two days apart. Only those have to pay for the tests who want to be tested voluntarily or those who entered from foreign countries and want to end their quarantine earlier than 10 days.
The Hungarian government also maximises the cost of the PCR tests at 19,500 forints (~€55) from Monday.
On September 4, the Health Ministers of the Member States of the European Union agreed at a meeting that the 14-day quarantine requirement for those who return from regions that have an increased risk of infection should be reduced to a 10-day quarantine.
According to the calculations of the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the leading governmental institution in biomedicine, in the case of a 14-day quarantine, 2 out of 100 people who return from regions with an increased risk of infection are not filtered out by the epidemiological system, but in the case of a 10-day quarantine, this number is 4. Several European countries now only require a 10-day quarantine, and it will be in effect from 21 September in Hungary as well.