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COVID-19

Information on the pandemic regulation regarding travel restrictions, quarantine, vaccination and PCR tests


Hungary has gone through the third wave of COVID-19, and to date nearly 60% of the total population has been vaccinated with one of the vaccines available in Hungary, putting our country among the worlds’ leading field. Thanks to the high vaccination coverage, the vast majority of restrictions were lifted by the government at the end of June. According to this, the University of Szeged is planning on face to face education for the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year.

If the virus were to start spreading again in the autumn months, a prepared and protected society would be waiting for it. To ensure that the level of protection is as high as possible, in May the government made it possible for non-Hungarian citizens legally residing in Hungary to be vaccinated, and shortly afterwards to apply for an immunity certificate. At the same time, in order to prevent the spread of the virus in Hungary by those infected with new variants, restrictions on entry into the country remained in place for the duration of the state of health emergency.


In this section, we review the conditions under which foreign nationals are expected to be able to travel into Hungary for the start of the academic year, their options for receiving the vaccine and whether the Hungarian state recognizes them if they have already been vaccinated.




Travel restrictions, PCR test and quarantine related infromation

Yes, international students, learning in Hungary’s higher educational institutions are able to enter the country, even in the state of health emergency.
The Hungarian Government is constantly monitoring the worldwide and EU pandemic situation and will take the necessary measures accordingly. Please check this page and the website of the Hungarian Government for the latest guidance.
In principle, yes, but you can be exempted from quarantine in the following cases.

- If you enter the country on land from the direction of Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia or Ukraine.

- If you have already been vaccinated in Hungary and you have a Hungarian Immunity Certificate card.

- If you have been vaccinated abroad and the Hungarian state accepts it by mutual or unilateral recognition. As of now, Hungary accepts the vaccination certificates from: Albania, Bahrain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Northern Macedonia, Georgia, Cape Verde, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, San Marino, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Swiss Confederation, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbegistan. The list of countries is constantly expanding, so please inquire at your local Hungarian embassy/consulate about the latest information.

- If you can present a result of a molecular biological test - SARS-CoV-2 PCR test - in accordance with the Health Regulations, not more than 72 hours old, certifying that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was not detectable in your body at the time of the test, proven by a document in Hungarian or English, if the test was made in one of the following states: EU member state, NATO member state, OECD member state, Russian Federation, People’s Republic of China, United Arab Emirates, Bahrein, member of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States (namely: Albania, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Ciprus, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finnland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazahstan, Kirgizstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembrug, Malta, Marocco, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New-Zealand, North-Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan)

Yes. Upon arrival our epidemiological authorities can only accept one negative PCR test result if the assay was made in the USA, Canada, Croatia, or any Schengen-country within 48 hours prior to entry. There is a possibility to make a second test within 5 days, and after at least 48 hours from the first one.
Yes, after your arrival you have to make the two tests within five days and at least 48 hours apart (one negative test can be accepted if the assay was made in the USA, Canada, Croatia, or any Schengen-country within 48 hours prior to entry). Please keep in mind that you have to arrange and pay for the PCR test by yourself.
According to current legislation, the duration of the quarantine period is 10 days.
If you have a type-D VISA or a residence permit upon arrival, you only have to show your letter of acceptance to the authorities. If you are coming from a VISA-free country, or from any EU or EEA country, you will have to fill in a leniency application. Once approved, you can start your journey to Hungary.

Please click here for the link and a quick guide for the application.

Please check for updates on when visa offices (services) in your (or neighbouring) country are the expected to re-open.
It is preferable that students arrive by the start of the semester so that they can proceed with their education and settle in their new environment. However, our institution will assist those students who are not able to arrive on time due to the pandemic and will provide online assistance and support for them.
Quarantine accommodation is provided for those who are guaranteed accommodation in the dormitory. These are international students who hold governmental scholarships. As far as the legislation and the possibilities of the University allow, our staff will try to help in finding temporary accommodation in Szeged for those, who won't have any at their arrival. We can provide quarantine accomodiation in one of our dormitories on a first come first serve basis for a 2100,-HUF (approx. 6 EUR) daily fee if you will be able to travel into Hungary in mid-August. For those students who are staying in private accommodation, we can assist them in finding an accommodation where they will spend their quarantine period if necessary.

Please be advised that you have to arrive in the dormitory between the 15th of August and the 25th of August if you would like to have self-financed quarantine accomodiation in one of our dormitories. If you would like to apply and for more information, please write an e-mail to: arrival@szte.hu

Assistance will be provided for those students who are in mandatory quarantine and need help in managing matters. Please note that there are no canteens in our dormitories and you will have to supply yourself with food, below you can find som useful information on this. During quarantine you will not be allowed to leave the flat, you may need to order everything you need. It is highly recommended that you have a bank card which can be used for payment in HUF.

Here is a list of restraunts, pubs and shops that have a delivery service.

Useful information during quarantine

Students are not required to show a negative PCR test upon entry to Hungary. However, those students who do not have a vaccination protection certificate accepted by the Hungarian authorities or those students who are not coming from a country specified in the legislation will be subject to quarantine.
There are several private testing centres in Szeged where PCR tests can be performed if necessary. You can find several of them by clicking the links below. You can find the contact details of other private clinics online.

Coronavirus Testing Center at Ferenc Liszt International Airport

Uni-Med - Szeged

SurgosCovidTeszt - Szeged.

Koronavirusteszteles - Szeged

Whitelab - Szeged

Yes, the insurance covers COVID-19 related medical fees but up to a certain limit.
SInce more than 5.5 million people have now been vaccinted in Hungary, masks are no longer mandatory (except for social care settings and hospitals). You can go to pubs or restaurants without any restriction and one hundred people are allowed to attend private events. Please note that Immunity certificates are still required for participation in sporting, music and dance events, as well as concerts held indoors and outdoor events with more than 500 spectators. For more, up-to-date information, please click here.

Vaccination and immunity certificate related information

Please keep in mind, that you have to be in the posession of a valid residence permit or a registration certificate (EU residents) in order to be able to register for the vaccination (you will need the 9 digit identification number on it).

You will find information on getting the residence permit or registration certificate by clicking here.

You can register for the vaccination on this specific website, after you will get a confirmation email of your registration. Once you have the confirmation email you can schedule an appointment for the vaccination online on this webpage.

Guide for registration for vaccination.

The following vaccines are accepted in Hungary: Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Szputnyik-V, Moderna, Sinopharm, Jansen.
No, the only precondition needed is that you have to reside in Hungary legally.
Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is not a condition for entry under current legislation.
Yes, you can, and you won’t even have to go to quarantine.
Yes, but you have to meet all the following conditions.

- The vaccine you got have to be one of the accepted ones in Hungary (Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Szputnyik-V, Moderna, Sinopharm, Jansen).

- The state that administered your vaccine has to be one of the following: EU member state, NATO member state, OECD member state, Russian Federation, People’s Republic of China, United Arab Emirates, Bahrein, member of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States.

- You can apply for the immunity certificate in person after your arrival to Hungary at the government office.

Please be advised that you have to prove that you have been vaccinated by a written authentic document in English or Hungarian.
To obtain the certificate, you have to submit an application in person at one of the Government Offices. Government Office of Csongrad - Csanad County address: Rákóczi tér 1, Szeged, Csongrád 6722, HU.

Guide for obtaining the immunity certificate.

To obtain the certificate, you have to apply for it online or you must submit an application in person at one of the Government Offices. Government Office of Csongrad - Csanad County address: Rákóczi tér 1, Szeged, Csongrád 6722, HU.


For further details and up to date information on travel restrictions and vaccination, please visit the following pages.


If you have any further questions regarding COVID-19 regulations, please write an e-mail to arrival@szte.hu.