Hungary lifts entry ban for commuters from Austria

Travel has now resumed between Hungary and Austria

Hungary lifts entry ban on Austria

There’s been a goodwill move between Hungary and Austria lately with relaxing the travel ban between the countries. Commuters between Hungary and Austria who travel on a regular basis for work are now exempt from the entry ban imposed by Hungary on September 1, 2020.

Karl Nehammer, the Austrian Minister of Interior, has confirmed the latest move. On September 11, 2020, he said that Hungary was lifting the 24-hour and 30-kilometer restriction for commuters immediately.

The constant contact between Karl and Sándor Pintér, his Hungarian counterpart, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has been instrumental in leading to the easing of the travel restriction between both countries.

On September 1, 2020, Hungary decided to impose an entry ban yet again on travelers from the rest of the EU member states. They are not allowed to enter the Hungarian territory. Thus, Hungary became the first country to reimpose border closure on fellow EU countries.

Even then, residents of Hungary without Hungarian citizenship were allowed to enter the country. It was later that it was confirmed that the remaining Visegrad countries were also exempt from the entry ban. These include Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Now, with the new measure taken, commuters between Hungary and Austria can cross borders between the countries regularly without restrictions.

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