Information on entering Hungary and the U.S.

Entering Hungary

The Department of State’s current Travel Advisory for Hungary is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.  If you are in the U.S. and plan to visit Hungary, please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html.

As of July 15, 2020, the Government of Hungary introduces entry restrictions.  Countries are classified into “red”, “yellow” and “green” categories, based on the severity of the COVID situation in each.

  • Hungarian citizens and their relatives can enter Hungary from a “green” country without a health check. A Hungarian citizen coming from a “yellow” or “red” country will be subjected to health checks at the border and must be quarantined for 14 days. An exception to this is if they can credibly show two negative coronavirus tests 48 hours apart in the previous 5 days. A Hungarian citizen coming from a “yellow” country may be released from quarantine after the first negative coronavirus test, but if coming from a “red” country, two negative tests are required.
  • In the case of non-Hungarian citizens, those coming from a “yellow” country can enter under the same conditions as Hungarian citizens, but it is not possible to enter Hungary from a “red” country.
  • Categories and countries (as of August 5, 2020):
  • “Red” Countries: Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, all African countries, all Asian countries, except for Japan and the People’s Republic of China, all countries belonging to the Australian continent, and most countries on the American continent.
  • “Yellow” Countries: Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Norway, Russian Federation, Romania, Republic of Serbia, Kingdom of Sweden, Japan, People’s Republic of China, United States of America, Canada, and Spain.
  • “Green” Countries: Countries that did not receive a yellow or red classification are green.
  • The Government of Hungary will regularly review the classification of countries, and will adjust it to possible changes in the COVID situation.
  • Transit and freight traffic are exempt but will have to follow an officially designated corridor. At the same time, health examinations may be carried out if needed.
  • See details with a map of Europe here (as of July 13, 2020):
    http://abouthungary.hu/news-in-brief/government-introduces-new-international-travel-restrictions/
  • Information about testing requirements:
    http://abouthungary.hu/news-in-brief/chief-medical-officer-is-continuously-monitoring-epidemic-situation-abroad-as-well/
  • Official list of countries by category (as of August 5, 2020):
    https://magyarkozlony.hu/dokumentumok/1738d89faf98120575e675ba8d1f7206d96f6cb9/megtekintes  (PDF 623KB) (in Hungarian)
  • Exception Requests: Foreigners may make a request an exception and entry permit with supporting documents on the National Police website. See https://ugyintezes.police.hu/web/guest/uj-ugy-inditasa/ (in Hungarian only)

Entering the United States

Travel restrictions barring entry to the U.S. from the Schengen Zone do not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and some family members of U.S. citizens, including any prospective adoptee who is seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications. For further information about the exceptions and the most current information regarding COVID-19, the March 11 and March 14 Presidential Proclamations, and its impact on travel to the United States, please visit www.coronavirus.gov, www.dhs.gov/coronavirus and www.whitehouse.gov/.

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest is currently offering limited appointments for some American Citizens services, to include passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Please refer to our  U.S. Citizen Services page (https://hu.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/) for an appointment.  Passport processing in the United States remains slow.  In case you need to travel to the U.S. in the next seven days please come to the Embassy to submit an application for an emergency passport. Official hours for emergency passport applications: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 9:30 am.  No appointment is necessary.  Visa applicants with interview appointments scheduled in the next 30 days should refer to the following website for more information: http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/hu/.