29.Jul .2021 21:00

Hungary Opens Borders for Vaccinated Russian Travellers

Hungary Opens Borders for Vaccinated Russian Travellers

Hungary has opened its borders for vaccinated Russian nationals, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, announced.

Following these changes, travellers from Russia can enter the country by providing a valid COVID-19 imHmunity certificate, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

This relaxation in entry restriction responds to Russia’s recent decision to start issuing again tourist and business visas to Hungarian citizens who can present a negative PCR test for Coronavirus.

“Hungary has always been a popular destination for Russians, and the fact that vaccinated Russian tourists can visit Hungary again will help the sector immensely,” Minister Szijjártó said.

He also said that this decision was made on reciprocity and intends to help the country’s tourism sector, significantly affected by the Coronavirus situation.

According to the European statistics provider, EUROSTAT, the number of tourists being accommodated across EU member states has dropped by 61 per cent from April 2020 to March 2021, accounting for 1.1 billion tourists lost, compared to 2.8 billion tourists in 2019.
EUROSTAT’s data reveals that Hungary has suffered an almost 90 per cent decline in overnight accommodations number, whereas the domestic tourism sector experienced over 60 per cent decrease.

In order to ease travel across the EU for all those vaccinated against Coronavirus, the Hungarian authorities started issuing the immunity certificates in February.

“To ensure safe travel during the continued coronavirus pandemic, the EU has agreed on a common approach to free movement restrictions. A traffic-light system to classify EU countries according to their epidemiological status has been put in place,” Your Europe, an official site of the European Union, stated.

In May, the country reached an agreement with Turkey to mutually recognise the respective COVID-19 immunity certificates mutually.
Hungary reached the same agreement with Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Bahrain. The Romanian government also recognised Hungary’s immunity certificates. All vaccinated citizens of one of these countries were allowed entry to Hungary for non-essential purposes.

However, the country announced it would connect to the EUDCC gateway by June 15, but due to delays, the country started issuing the EU Digital COVID-19 Passport on June 30.

The EU Digital COVID-19 Passport, which can be issued in paper or digital format, will ease travelling for individuals who have received both shots of the vaccine against Coronavirus, recovered from the virus, or recently tested negative for the disease. The document can be issued to those vaccinated with the EMA-approved vaccines such as Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer), Moderna, Vaxzevria (previously AstraZeneca, Oxford), and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

However, the country recognises both EMA and World Health Organisation-approved vaccinations such as Gamaleya, CoviShield, Sinopharm, and the single-shot vaccine, Convidecia.