From 7 March 2022, the pre-pandemic situation in tourism will be restored, travellers will be able to enter Hungary freely once again, without restrictions, and they will no longer need a test or vaccination certificate. According to experts, this could be a competitive advantage for Hungarian tourism in the next period.
A government decree abolishing protective measures against the coronavirus pandemic was published on Friday, revealing that the government would repeal the previous border control measures introduced from autumn 2020 onwards.
On Thursday, at the traditional press conference of the Hungarian Government, it was announced that the restrictions related to the epidemic, which were still in force, would be lifted by the end of the fifth wave of the epidemic, and the use of the immunity certificate would be abolished as well.
The abolition of entry restrictions in practice means that you will be free to enter Hungary again from Monday, March 7.
As before the pandemic, there will no longer be a need for vaccination or recovery certificates or PCR tests. Hungary’s land borders have been open without restrictions to those who came from neighbouring countries since June last year, but air travellers to Budapest or Debrecen and other possible smaller airports have had to prove their protection against the virus until now – this will be abolished from Monday.
Experts of the tourism industry say that the abolition of entry restrictions in Hungary could boost Budapest’s city trips, have a positive impact on festival and event tourism, and reduce the potential negative effects of the war in neighbouring Ukraine on Hungarian tourism.
It is an amazing pleasure for the travel profession that, after almost two years, it is possible to receive guests in Hungary again without restrictions, say the representatives of the profession in an article on turizmus.com. With this step, Hungary could find itself in a competitive position compared to those countries that continue to tie entries to a Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate.
As we wrote in our previous article, the obligation to wear a mask will also be lifted from Monday, and any restrictions that apply to events will be removed, too. Previously, larger mass events could only be attended with an immunity certificate, now, sporting events, cultural events, major music and dance events are open to everyone again.
However, the vaccination certificate system is not fully phased out, as they are still in use in most of the EU, says vg.hu.
Source: turizmus.com, vg.hu