Be informed about the pandemic before deciding on cross-border employment.


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The rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide is also affecting the flow of workers within the Union.The movement, travel and employment situation of workers between Member States have also changed.It is therefore important that jobseekers, workers, young people, employers, recruiters also have up-to-date information before making cross-border mobility decisions for work or study. The EURES Hungary network monitors, collects and organizes information from authentic sources for these target groups and their relatives, but does not take a position on travel, residence, public health or epidemiology issues. Mobility is always an individual decision and responsibility.


Official sources of information on the coronavirus epidemic


New entry rules effective September 1, 2020

  • Entry restrictions from September 1st.
    See 407/2020. (VIII. 30.) on the temporary reintroduction of border control, (Magyar Közlöny 195. szám, 2020. augusztus 30)
    From 1 September 2020, the government will temporarily reintroduce border control at the entire internal border from 1 September. Hungarian citizens arriving from abroad or their non-citizenship family members may undergo a medical examination upon entry. If this is a suspected infection, entrants will be placed in designated quarantine or, if it does not pose an epidemiological risk, in official in-house quarantine. This may be waived by two molecular biological tests (PCR test) performed at least 48 hours apart. The scope of the regulation does not cover border crossing in freight traffic and with an official passport, as well as those who provide credible proof at the time of entry that they have been infected with a coronavirus during the previous six months. According to the decree, non-Hungarian citizens may not enter the territory of Hungary in passenger traffic. Exemption from this can only be granted by the police, for example, participation in court or official proceedings in Hungary, business or other work certified by a letter of invitation, use of certified health care, fulfillment of study or examination obligations, return to the starting point of the transport task, return home or return home - in the case of participation in a marriage, baptism, funeral, care of a relative, participation in an important sporting, cultural or church event or other justifiable reason. The application can be submitted electronically in Hungarian and English, or by a legal representative or proxy.

    Exemption request application form (Méltányossági kérelem beutazáshoz)
  • Citizens of neighboring states and Hungarian citizens living there may enter the territory of Hungary within a distance of 30 kilometers from the state border for a maximum of 24 hours, but they may not leave this lane. Hungarians living in this 30-kilometer lane can also enter if they have stayed in the 30-kilometer lane from the border of the neighboring state for less than 24 hours. According to the decree of the Minister of the Interior published in the Gazette, those arriving for business purposes may enter Hungary from the territory of any state.


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EURES Hungary general advice for employees


  1. The spread of the coronavirus can affect employment in the EU and reduce cross-border mobility, so be aware in advance.

    The right to free movement within the Union may be temporarily restricted as a result of measures taken to control the epidemic.Therefore, all jobseekers, workers and employers should take this into account when planning to work in another country, entering, staying abroad and traveling home.In all cases, find out about the current situation and plan your work and travel accordingly.

  2. Safety comes first, so don't risk it.
    Always observe the governmental and epidemiological measures of the given Member State!If entry or other restrictions have been imposed in a country, you must comply with them.Even if you have an employment promise, a signed employment contract from an employer in another country, first clarify the general rules, measures, restrictions, discuss them with your employer, consider the health risks and only then make a responsible decision.

  3. The job market won’t stop, but you may need to come up with several different plans afterwards.
    Recruitment in the labor markets of some target countries may fall or, on the contrary, more workers will be needed to repair the damage.In certain professions and occupations, there may be more or less advertised jobs and recruitment calls.Monitor labor market information, fluctuations in demand shortages and, if possible, develop more career plans.If you need to postpone your EU employment plan, take the time and assess your job prospects locally.Take stock of your online course, re-training, vocational training, or language learning opportunities.Don't stay passive, develop your skills and knowledge.Organize and update your personal portfolio and job application documents.

  4. Get ready for telecommuting.
    In the event of a protracted crisis, cheaper, safer, more technological solutions may come to the fore.Prepare yourself and your tools in case teleworking, working from home comes into play.Be prepared in case you have to work from home and check with your employer to see if you are open to such a solution and how it affects the legal conditions of your employment (eg. pay, working hours, social security, leave, etc.).

  5. Mobility is always an individual decision and responsibility.
    You make your decisions taking into account the measures and restrictions of the national authorities!If you are worried, do not feel safe working abroad, you have the right to make an individual decision.Neither employers, employment agencies nor temporary employment agencies can force or put pressure on them to act contrary to official measures and restrictions.If you are unsure about applying for a job abroad, accepting an offer or employment conditions, or need information and advice on occupations, sectors or your current labor market situation in a given country, you can contact the EURES network for guidance at any time.


To the attention of Hungarian citizens returning from abroad due to the coronavirus epidemic

  1. Keep the right distance from your fellow human beings everywhere.

  2. Contact the Hungarian Embassy or the Consular Service for the organization and rules of your trip home from abroad.
  3. Check information about the coronavirus situation in Hungary through official and authentic public information channels and government websites.
  4. Use our information page for Hungarians returning from abroad to prepare.
  5. Try to obtain the documents and certificates required for the benefits you need at home from foreign authorities, primarily online, before you leave the foreign country.
  6. You must stay in home quarantine for 2 weeks after arriving in Hungary.

  7. Contact the competent county / capital government office of your place of residence in Hungary and ask for information and guidance.
  8. Follow support information related to the labor market, job seekers, economic rescue and state aid.
  9. Contact the National Employment Service and EURES Hungary electronically or by telephone for further guidance on jobseeker registration, job search benefits and employment.


  10. DO NOT contact customer service in person unless absolutely necessary and cannot be resolved otherwise. Stay home.

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Update: 12/12/2020