From August 2021 the followings apply for international students arriving to Hungary:
Official sources of information:
- Ministry of Information and Technology
Who can be exempted from quarantine?
- Person who has the EU Digital Covid Certificate, which proves that:
- he/she has been vaccinated at least once with a vaccine that is authorized by the European Medicines Agency, is on the list of vaccines of the World Health Organization for emergency use, or is authorized in Hungary and used for vaccination of the population, and one year has not yet passed since the first vaccination,
- he/she has been infected, and is therefore immune to the virus, or
- he/she can prove with a molecular biology test – SARS-CoV-2 test – carried out in accordance with the professional rules on healthcare, not older than 72 hours, that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was not detected in his/her body at the time of the test.
- Coming from the following countries it is possible to enter with one molecular biology test – SARS-CoV-2 test – carried out in accordance with the professional rules on healthcare, not older than 72 hours, that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was not detected in his/her body at the time of the test according to the 60/2021. (II.12.) governmental Decree:
The test is acceptable if it was taken in:
- member state of the European Union or a EU candidate country,
- member state of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),
- member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),
- Russian Federation,
- People's Republic of China,
- United Arab Emirates,
- Kingdom of Bahrain,
- in the Member States of the Cooperation Council of the Turkish-speaking States: the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Uzbekistan, or
- in a country specified in a decree of the Minister for Foreign Policy in agreement with the Minister for Public Security.
Who can not be exempted from quarantine?
Anyone who does not meet the above conditions or their test is not taken in the above mentioned countries countries (2. a-i).
The quarantine period is 10 days.
The quarantine period is 10 days. During the quarantine period the students must not leave their designated accommodation unless they have two negative test results (with min. 48 hours between the dates of the tests). In case the student presents a fresh and negative PCR test taken in any of the so-called Schengen zone countries, the USA or Canada upon arrival in Hungary, and given that the Hungarian authorities deem it appropriate, that test result might be accepted as the first of the two required to leave the quarantine.
Staying in the quarantine means that the students have to order food and everything else online, and under no circumstances they are allowed to leave the accommodation. The authorities may check the compliance with the quarantine obligations at any time. If the persons sent to quarantine are not found at their designated accommodation when there is a check (and they are not able to show the official permission granted to leave the quarantine to take the PCR test), they might be subject to serious legal consequences such as being banned from Hungary.
Only healthy students may enter the university! It is forbidden to enter the university buildings with symptoms indicating a disease caused by the COVID-19 virus (or the high risk of carrying the virus).
Frequent hand washing and use of disinfectants are highly recommended. Disinfectants are located at the entrances of the university buildings and at many other places.
When coughing or sneezing a tissue should be used, or if the tissue is not available one should cough or sneeze into his/her elbow.
Typical symptoms of the coronavirus disease
The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, dry cough and the loss of taste or smell. Some patients might experience muscle aches, congestion or a running nose, a sore throat, diarrhea, shortness of breath, chills.
Where to take a PCR test in Hungary?
You can get tested at the airport (need to book an appointment): https://www.bud.hu/en/testing_center
If you do not feel well:
1. Stay home! If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation or taxis.
2. Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, consult your GP or call your healthcare provider immediately.
3. Get rest and stay hydrated.
4. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you may have COVID-19.
5. Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
7. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your accommodation. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of your accommodation, wear a mask.
8. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding.
9. Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, table tops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.