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National Coronavirus Updates!

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

 

Entering Hungary during the Coronavirus Pandemic:

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, John von Neumann University 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.

 

 1. Will I be able to enter Hungary to do my studies?

Yes, international students, learning in Hungary’s higher educational institutions are able to enter the country, even in the state of health emergency.

 

 2. Will I have to go to quarantine upon entering the country?

In principle, yes, but you can be exempted from quarantine in the following cases:

According to the current legislation, you won’t have to go to quarantine after entering Hungary, 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, and if the test was made in one of the following countries.

-        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 (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan)

 Given that you are a citizen of one of the aforementioned countries, you may enter Hungary under this legislation without any restrictions with a negative PCR not older than 72 hours.

 

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

- If you have already been vaccinated in Hungary and you have a 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, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbegistan. The list of countries is constantly expanding, so please inquire at your local Hungarian embassy/consulate about the latest information.


3. If I have 2 negative PCR tests when entering the country, do I have to go to quarantine?

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.

Hereby we inform you that there has been a change in the legislation regarding Hungarian travel restrictions on the 7th of August.

 

According to the current legislation, you won’t have to go to quarantine after entering Hungary, 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, and if the test was made in one of the following countries.

-        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 (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan)

 Given that you are a citizen of one of the aforementioned countries, you may enter Hungary under this legislation without any restrictions with a negative PCR not older than 72 hours.

 

4. Can I get exempted from quarantine if I provide 2 negative PCR tests?

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.

 

5. If I have to stay in quarantine, how long will it last?

According to current legislation, the duration of the quarantine period is 10 days.

 

6. Do I need to notify anyone of my arrival in advance or present any documents upon arrival?

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.

 

7. Will there be someone to assist me while I am in quarantine?

Assistance will be provided for those students who are in mandatory quarantine and need help in managing matters. During quarantine you will not be allowed to leave the accomodation, 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.Buddy students will help during the quarantine.

 

9. Is there a lockdown now in Hungary, or are there any restrictions in effect?

Ince 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.

 

10. How can I get vaccinated in Hungary?

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

 

11. What type of COVID-19 vaccines are accepted in Hungary?

The following vaccines are accepted in Hungary: Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Szputnyik-V, Moderna, Sinopharm, Jansen.

 

12. Do I need a Hungarian social security number to be able to register for the vaccination?

No, the only precondition needed is that you have to reside in Hungary legally.

 

13. Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Hungary?

Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is not a condition for entry under current legislation.

 

14. Can I use my digital EU COVID Certificate to enter Hungary?

Yes, you can, and you won’t even have to go to quarantine.


Certificate (for Erasmus+ students)

 

A regularly updated feed of the latest information about coronavirus in Hungary:

Read more here:

http://abouthungary.hu

https://hungarytoday.hu

https://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/en

https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/travel-and-covid/hungary/index_en.htm

 

 

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Why choose Kecskemét ?

 

There are many good reasons for choosing John von Neumann University. In recent years, the university has undergone significant development, including the construction of its new, 21st-century campus. Our diverse, practice-oriented training portfolio includes attractive and competitive programmes. Both the impressive quality of higher education in Kecskemét and the market value of the qualifications awarded here are guaranteed by the professionalism and dedication of our teaching staff, as well as the long-term stability of our institution. Kecskemét and the university offer an appealing, inspirational and student-friendly learning environment for those who choose to pursue their studies here.

 

The real question is: Why shouldn't you? Kecskemét is Hungary's eighth-largest city by population, and seventh-largest by area. Having benefited from more than 800 billion Hungarian forints’ worth of investment, Kecskemét offers a flourishing infrastructure and real estate market, a multinational corporate environment, a buzzing cultural life, festivals, more than a hundred restaurants, a municipal theatre, a spa and pool complex, and of course, the University itself. I could go on and on, but I simply adore this lovely, liveable and hospitable city its beautiful main square with the holiday lights, for instance.

 

KECSKEMÉT is one of Hungary’s most dynamically developing cities. Besides its growing population, its development is reflected by an unemployment rate that has fallen from year to year. This spectacular boom can be put down to industrial developments. In 2012, the Hungarian Government declared its intention to priorities Kecskemét and its region as a centre for vehicle engineering. In addition to the production plant of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft., currently under expansion, other significant companies also envision their future here. At the same time, the city’s many Art Nouveau-style buildings create a pleasing aesthetic environment.

 

Why choose John von Neumann University?

The long-term objective of John von Neumann University is to become a citadel for state-of-the-art education, research, development and innovation (R&D&I), technology transfer and services in Hungary and East-Central Europe, contributing to the creation of a knowledge-based European society and preserving the educational and cultural traditions of its predecessors.

The cornerstones of the University s value system are: professional commitment, student-orientedness, an ethical and empathic approach, quality, efficiency, responsibility, and reliability. In the creation of its programmes, this University of applied sciences aims to strike a balance between core fundamentals, modern know-how that can prepare students directly for their professional careers, and the practical application of such knowledge. The University continuously adapts its educational potential to European trends and demands, and takes on a lion s share in regional research and development projects.

The University's network of relations, readiness to cooperate, and study programmes that are constantly adapted to accommodate changing trends in economic and social life, guarantee that, in accordance with the strategic aims of Hungarian higher education, our graduates will be highly-qualified professionals who are equipped with marketable knowledge and competencies that the labour market demands and recognises.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               ― Tamás Fülöp, PhD, Rector

 

John von Neumann University:

  • is widely known as Hungary's “citadel” of applied sciences;
  • is one of Hungary's youngest universities, but built nonetheless on long-standing traditions and impressive teaching experience;
  • has produced more than 4,500 university graduates;
  • boasts three Faculties in the following educational disciplines: Business Administration, Economics; Horticulture and Rural Development, and Technology and Information Science;
  • offers state-funded and tuition-based enrolment opportunities, as well as the possibility to study either full-time or through correspondence programmes;
  • provides 30 accredited training programmes: 18 BA/BSc programmes, 5 MA/MSc programmes, and 7 higher vocational training programmes;
  • has a highly qualified academic staff composed of 39 professors, 18 researchers, and 193 instructors.