Thursday, May 13, 2021

Hungary & Turkey Reach Mutual Agreement on Recognition of Immunity Certificates

The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, has announced that Hungary and Turkey have reached a mutual agreement regarding the recognition of the COVID-19 immunity certificates.

According to Szijjártó, Turkey has started to recognise the immunity certificates of Hungary since May 11, reports.

Previously, Hungary also reached the same agreement with Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Bahrain. Romania also recognises Hungary’s immunity certificates and vice versa. Thus, vaccinated citizens of one of these countries are allowed entry to Hungary for non-essential purposes.

Moreover, the Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyás, said that Hungary will also attempt to reach a bilateral agreement with other countries that wish to enter into such an agreement.

Following the agreement, all persons who hold the vaccination documents of Hungary will simultaneously enjoy the same rights as the immunity certificate holders of another partner country.

Based on Worldometers’ figures, more than 793,700 persons have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Hungary, and 28,888 persons have died.

The same source revealed that 592,440 persons have fully recovered from the Coronavirus, while the country currently numbers around 172,456 active cases. Taking into account these figures, the Hungarian Government has decided to keep in place its preventative measures to halt the further spread of the virus and its mutations.

In an effort to make the travelling process less troubling for all those vaccinated against the COVID-19, the Hungarian authorities introduced the immunity certificates earlier 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.

According to Your Europe, Hungary has closed its borders for all foreigners for an unknown period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only Hungarian nationals, non-Hungarian nationals who are permanent residents of Hungary, or non-Hungarian nationals who are permitted to remain in the country for more than 90 days, are allowed to enter the country.

All persons who enter Hungary must complete a ten-day mandatory quarantine. However, the quarantine period can be shortened by undergoing a PCR test five days after arrival, followed by a second test 48 hours after the first one, with both of them being negative.

On the other hand, passengers who transit in the EU+ are exempted from the travel restrictions.

In addition, entries from third countries generally are not allowed without any special reason. Still, flights to and from the United Kingdom have been continued, provided that the travellers undergo mandatory quarantine upon entry in Hungary.

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