COVID-19 Information (updated on workdays)

Last updated: December 3, 2021

U.S. Travel Requirements are changing! Starting December 6, 2021, ALL air passengers, regardless of vaccination or citizenship status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.  Until then, the rules below apply.

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Hungary Country-Specific information: 

The Department of State’s current Travel Advisory for Hungary is Level 4 – Do Not Travel. If you plan to visit Hungary, please refer to Travel.State.Gov for additional information.

Rising COVID case numbers have put a strain on Hungary’s health system, and some routine care and elective surgeries have been postponed. Visitors are not currently allowed at inpatient healthcare facilities.

Up-to-date information on the COVID situation in Hungary can be found on the Hungarian government’s official website: https://koronavirus.gov.hu/aktualis.

  • As of November 20, 2021, masks are required in most indoor spaces, including inside retail establishments, hotels, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, government buildings, medical facilities, and on public transport.
  • Immunity certificates continue to be required for large gatherings, such as sporting events, music festivals, or Christmas markets.

Please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive health and security updates.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Hungary? Yes. As of August 8, 2021, U.S. citizens may enter Hungary by air with a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours. The test results may be in Hungarian or English. There are no restrictions for entry into Hungary by road, rail, or waterway, regardless of a traveler’s nationality.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, if entering by air.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Possibly. Upon entering Hungary, those suspected of infection may be subject to medical examination.

Complete information on Hungarian Entry Restrictions can be found at http://www.police.hu/en/content/information-on-general-rules-of-border-crossing.

Information regarding flights is available on the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport website:  https://www.bud.hu/en/coronavirus. The site also contains a listing of all airlines operating at the airport.

Movement Restrictions: 

Is a curfew in place? No.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information: 

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, not at this time.

Cruise ship passengers: U.S. citizens who test positive during mandatory ship-board testing will be required to disembark and quarantine at a hotel for 10 days at their own expense.

Transportation Options: 

Are commercial flights operating? Yes.

Is public transportation operating? Yes.

COVID-19 Testing: 

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Hungary? Yes.

If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.

The providers below provide COVID-19 tests. The officially regulated prices are 19,500 HUF for the PCR test and 12,900 HUF for the antigen test.

Ferenc Liszt International Airporthttps://www.bud.hu/en/testing_center
The airport’s coronavirus testing center is open 24 hours in Terminal 2B.
Phone: +36-20-537-9300

First Med Centerhttps://firstmedcenters.com/cov19test/
Address: 1015 Budapest, Hattyú utca 14, 5th floor, Hattyúház
Phone: +36-1-224-9090

Rozsakert Medical Centerhttps://www.rmc.hu/en/specialities/covid-19
Address: 1026 Budapest, Gábor Áron ut 74-78
Phone: +36-1-392-0505

SYNLAB Diagnostic Centershttps://www.synlab.com/coronavirus-tests
COVID testing is available in Budapest, Kaposvár, Győr, Székesfehérvár, Dunaújváros, Kiskunhalas, Kecskemét, Miskolc, and Debrecen.
Phone: +36-1-588-8500

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: 

Has the government of Hungary approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.

Are vaccines available in Hungary for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.

Which vaccines are available in Hungary? Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik V

The U.S. Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the FDA – Food and Drug Administration website to learn about COVID vaccines approved for use in the United States.

The Hungarian government announced that a COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to everyone who is legally present in Hungary who is old enough to receive an approved vaccine. The vaccine will be provided free of charge. For more information and to register your interest in receiving a vaccine, visit https://vakcinainfo.gov.hu/. After you have registered, book an appointment at www.eeszt.gov.hu. Contact +36-1-920-1050 or email helpdesk.eeszt@okfo.gov.hu with any questions about booking an appointment.

Consular Operations: 

American Citizens Services: Most routine services to U.S. citizens have resumed. Appointments are required for all services (including passport applications, reports of birth abroad, and notarial services).

American Citizens Services

Book an Appointment
E-mail: acs.budapest@state.gov
Phone: +36-1-475-4164 (M-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CET)
Address: 1054 Budapest, Szabadság tér 12
Emergencies Only: After-hours/Weekends/Holidays +36-1-475-4400 (Ask for the Duty Officer)

U.S. Visas: Both nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services are being offered.

Local Resources: 

The Hungarian government has created a public hotline for individuals to talk to infectious disease specialists about COVID. Call 06-80-277-455 and 06-80-277-456 (within Hungary).

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 1-0-4 within Hungary. Please tell the ambulance service if you are experiencing COVID symptoms!

U.S. Department of State COVID-19 Traveler Information Page

CDC Information on COVID-19