Hungary to open for vaccinated tourists from Russia
Russian travelers who have been vaccinated against coronavirus will not need to take additional tests to enter Hungary, according to a statement by the head of the local Foreign Ministry Peter Siyarto.
According to him, the decision is mutually beneficial for both states: Russian tourists will be able to enter Hungary for tourism purposes, subject to full vaccination against COVID-19, and local residents will be able to arrive in Russia. They, however, need to present a negative PCR test for this.
The Foreign Minister also expressed the hope that it is the holidaymakers from Russia that will help restore the tourism industry, which has suffered greatly due to the pandemic and restrictive measures.
Earlier for a visit to Hungary, the Russians had to provide two negative tests for coronavirus, made within five days before entry with a difference of 48 hours, or go to a two-week quarantine after crossing the border.
It is clarified that the Hungarian authorities considered the possibility of opening the borders for Russian tourists a month ago, subject to a reciprocal step by the Russian side. The main requirement for the resumption of the Russian tourist flow was the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates between Hungary and the Russian Federation, and the Hungarian side was ready to take this step even earlier than the Russian one, which was finally done.