11 September 2020

Procedure of travelling into Hungary for foreigners in film industry - REVISED VERSION

Provisions for business and economic related travel

Article 10/A (1), in force since 5 September 2020, of Government Decree No. 408 of 2020 (VIII. 30.) on travel restrictions during the state of disease control preparedness states that if the objective of leaving Hungary is to pursue business or economic activities and it is certified by the Hungarian citizen upon re-entering Hungary, he will be able to enter Hungary after leaving the country without restrictions.

In pursuance of Article 10/B (1), foreign citizens can also enter Hungary without restrictions if the objective of their entry is to pursue business or economic activities and they certify this upon entry.

Such trips are considered of business or economic purpose that are in connection with the entrepreneurial activity of a commercial enterprise or other entity and is pursued in the interest of or is in connection with obtaining material benefit or income.

Let us emphasise that those wishing to enter shall provide satisfactory proof of the objective of their trip. Trips of business or economic nature can take several forms (business negotiations, taking part in an exhibition, purchasing raw materials, etc.), therefore the commercial enterprise or other entity, in the interest of which the entry is to take place, shall certify in a private document representing conclusive evidence (signed on behalf of the company) that the entry is to take place for a business or economic purposes, also indicating the specific reason for the entry.

In order to assist the issuing of the above document, please use the sample certificate on our homepage, which, if duly completed and presented in original upon entry, contributes to turning the checking of business or economic purpose of the trip smoother.

However, it shall be emphasised that in the absence of restrictive provisions of the Government Decree, certifying business or economic purpose with other appropriate documents cannot be excluded in general either.

Border crossing of non-Hungarian citizens

Foreign citizens arriving from abroad in passenger traffic – unless otherwise specified by law or government decree – shall not enter Hungary.

Until 1 October 2020, citizens of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Poland and the Slovak Republic can enter Hungary if

  • he/she certifies that he/she has a reservation for at least one day at an accommodation facility in Hungary by 30 September 2020 at the latest, and the reservation was made before the entry into force of that Government Decree, and
  • he/she certifies with a document issued in English or Hungarian that he/she has undergone a molecular biological test (SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests) performed according to health professional rules within 5 days prior to entry and the document proves that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was not detectable in his/her body at the time of the test.

The competent local police body located at the place of the planned entry into the territory of Hungary - in case of crossing the border at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport the BRFK XVIII District Police Headquarters – may grant an exemption upon request.

The police authority may allow entry if the applicant proves that the purpose of entry is

  1. participation in a Hungarian court or public authority proceedings and the participation is certified by a document of a Hungarian court or an authority,
  2. -
  3. receiving health care service, certified by a document issued by the health care institution or by other appropriate document,
  4. meeting study or exam obligations under student status certified by a document which is issued by the educational institution,
  5. taking part in cargo related passenger traffic if the aim of the travel is either to get to the cargo transport’s point of departure, or to get home after carrying out such cargo transport duty, if certified by a document which is issued by the employer,
  6. participation in family events (wedding, funeral, christening),
  7. taking care of a relative pursuant to the Act V of 2013 on Civil Code,
  8. taking part in an international religious event of a special significance;
  9. other justifiable reasons outside that covered by point (a)-(h).

The request may be submitted

(a) only electronically in Hungarian or English,

(b) by a legal representative or through an agent with a certification of an authorisation granted in a private document with full probative value.

If the entry takes place at the same time and the reason for entry is the same, an authorized representative may submit an application on behalf of several persons if the receipt of the authorization of the persons concerned is attached.

In the case of crossing the border for the same reason and time, it is sufficient to submit an application for close relatives living in the same household as the applicant.

The application shall indicate the purpose of the entry, the identity document to be used for crossing the border, the identification number of the document and the application shall be accompanied by the following:

(a) a copy of the document – where possible due to the reason of the request – certifying the purpose of entry,

(b) the authorization letter if acting through an agent.

The request can be submitted only

a) using the electronic administration portal sending the necessary electronic form via client gateway or company official gateway,

b) in the absence of the possibility to use a company official gateway or client gateway: it can be submitted by filling in and submitting an intelligent e-form which available on the police website.

The competent police authorities will reject the application if

a) any doubt exists in relation to purpose of entry

  1. the entry poses

(ba) epidemiological risk,

(bb) risk to public order or security

bc) risk to national security.

An appeal against the decision of the competent police authority shall be reassessed and adjudicated by the county police headquarters, which has right of adequate oversight.

The original copy of the document submitted in order to prove evidence for the justification of the application (hereinafter referred to as: the document certifying the justification) shall be presented by the person exempted from the entry ban (hereinafter referred to as: licensee) upon entry into the territory of Hungary at the request of the police officer. The entry shall be refused if the licensee does not present the original copy of the document proving the validity, or if its authenticity is in doubt at the time of entry.

Upon entering Hungary, the person may undergo a medical examination to which he/she is obliged to submit,

a) a person who is suspected of being infected by a health inspection or test cannot enter into territory of Hungary,

b) who is not suspected of being infected during the health inspection shall be placed in quarantine or official home quarantine designated by the competent epidemiological authority for 14 days.

At the request of the quarantined person, the epidemiological authority competent to issue the quarantine decision may allow the quarantined person to undergo, within 5 days, at least 48 hours difference, twice a molecular biology examination in compliance with professional medical practice - SARS-CoV-2 PCR test - attend in order to grant the waiver.

The first test (molecular biological test in accordance with health professional rules - the SARS-CoV-2 PCR test) made in a Schengen member state, in the United States of America or in Canada must be taken also into account. The result of the test must be certified in Hungarian or English.

If the two molecular biological tests, the SARS-CoV-2 PCR test, attest or confirm that person in the quarantine SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was not detectable at the time of the test, the competent epidemiological authority shall issue a decision on the quarantine order to  grant an exemption.





The health protection plan was written by János Papp, HSA expert at the request of National Film Institute. Download the revised version here.