Latest regulations in Hungary for outgoing and incoming CEEPUS scholarship holders

18-09-2020

News | Higher education

CEEPUS scholarship holders can find the latest rules related to entering or exiting Hungary during the coronavirus pandemic on this website. The information is being updated continuously on this webpage.

Please follow the official rules and regulations related to entering or exiting Hungary and make sure to be informed of the latest rules during your application procedure and before your planned travel.

 

Information for CEEPUS schlarship holders travelling abroad from Hungary

You can follow the latest recommendations on travelling abroad in Hungarian language on the website of the Hungarian Consular Service. Outgoing mobilities - at one’s own risk - can currently be realized to the CEEPUS countries listed there: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Please study and follow the rules below:

  • Outgoing scholarship holders must comply with the latest entry conditions and rules of the host country. It is the responsibility of each traveler to have up-to-date information on these.
  • It is recommended to use the latest information for each country provided by the Consular Service in Hungarian.
  • After the mobility, Hungarian entry rules must be followed by those returning to Hungary (10-day quarantine or 2 negative PCR tests taken within 5 days with a 48-hour difference between them).
  • Forms of virtual or blended (partly physical and partly online) mobility will come to the fore in the coming period, therefore, please consult the host National CEEPUS Office (NCO) if you are eligible for the grant in case of online activities (this practice may vary from country to country).
  • Before your travel please consult your host institution about their readiness to host you.
  • If the mobility cannot be realized under the current circumstances, please consult your host coordinator about postponement and try to reschedule your mobility. The host NCO must also be informed.
  • Contact details of NCO’s can be found on the website of the Central CEEPUS Office under country data.

 

Information for CEEPUS schlarship holders travelling to Hungary

As per ’Government Decree 408/2020 (30 August) on travel restrictions during the epidemiological preparedness’, Hungarian higher education institutions may receive incoming scholarship holders under the below conditions.

I. Incoming students:

  1. Foreign students travelling to Hungary with a long-stay-type ’D’ visa, or with a valid Hungarian residence permit for a period exceeding 90 days, are treated equally to Hungarian citizens.
    1. Thus, they may enter Hungary without submitting a special request prior to their arrival as the residence permit procedure covers it.
    2. They may be subject to a medical control upon entry in Hungary and are obliged to stay in a 10-day-long self-isolation (quarantine). The quarantine may be shortened by the competent epidemic authority in case of 2 negative COVID tests (taken within 5 days with a 48-hour difference between them). The first of the two above-mentioned tests can be taken in a country belonging to the Schengen zone, and its result has to be certified by an official document in Hungarian or English language. The following CEEPUS countries belong to the Schengen Area: Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
  2. Non-Hungarian citizen students
    1. May enter Hungary with the purpose to fulfill study or exam obligations if a certificate issued by the host higher education institution certifies it. Please, see the certificate in Annex 2 – Learning mobility at the end of this document.
    2. In possession of the certificate, prior to entering Hungary, have to submit an equity request to the competent local police authority which may approve the entry (the certificate and all other supporting documents need to be uploaded).
    3. May be subject to a medical control upon entry in Hungary, and in case of infection, they are not allowed to enter Hungary. If no infection can be detected, they are obliged to stay in a 10-day-long self-isolation (quarantine). The quarantine may be shortened by the competent epidemic authority in case of 2 negative COVID tests (taken within 5 days with a 48-hour difference between them). The first of the two above-mentioned tests can be taken in a country belonging to the Schengen zone, and its result has to be certified by an official document in Hungarian or English language. The following CEEPUS countries belong to the Schengen Area: Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

II. Incoming teachers:

  1. Foreign teachers travelling to Hungary with a valid Hungarian residence permit for a period exceeding 90 days, are treated equally to Hungarian citizens.
    1. Thus, they may enter Hungary without submitting a special request prior to their arrival as the residence permit procedure covers it.
    2. They may be subject to a medical control upon entry in Hungary and are obliged to stay in a 10-day-long self-isolation (quarantine). The quarantine may be shortened by the competent epidemic authority in case of 2 negative COVID tests (taken within 5 days with a 48-hour difference between them). The first of the two above-mentioned tests can be taken in a country belonging to the Schengen zone, and its result has to be certified by an official document in Hungarian or English language. The following CEEPUS countries belong to the Schengen Area: Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
  2. Non-Hungarian citizen scholarship holder teachers
    1. Should ask their host institution for an official acceptance letter (we propose to use Annex 2 of this document for composing the letter).
    2. In possession of the acceptance letter, prior to entering Hungary, have to submit an equity request to the competent local police authority which may approve the entry (the certificate and all other supporting documents need to be uploaded). They may be entitled to enter Hungary according to point i) (any legitimate reason other than those specified in points a) to h)) of section 6 (2) of Government Decree 408/2020.
    3. May be subject to a medical control upon entry in Hungary, and in case of infection, they are not allowed to enter Hungary. If no infection can be detected, they are obliged to stay in a 10-day-long self-isolation (quarantine). The quarantine may be shortened by the competent epidemic authority in case of 2 negative COVID tests (taken within 5 days with a 48-hour difference between them). The first of the two above-mentioned tests can be taken in a country belonging to the Schengen zone, and its result has to be certified by an official document in Hungarian or English language. The following CEEPUS countries belong to the Schengen Area: Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

 

Further information for incoming scholarship holders

  • Before your travel please consult your host institution about their readiness to host you.
  • With regard to the fact that forms of virtual or blended (partly physical and partly online) mobility will come to the fore in the coming period, in line with the guidelines of the European Commission regarding the Erasmus+ Programme, incoming CEEPUS students are eligible for the grant in case of online activities during the pandemic situation,
    • provided that the physical mobility is realized (the student actually travelled to Hungary),
    • but the activities can be carried out only or partly online due to restrictions arising from the epidemic situation.
      The principle that incoming scholarship holders are eligible for the grant only for the period actually spent in Hungary is valid in these cases, too.
      The above-mentioned do not currently apply to incoming teachers.
  • Closing of the mobility in case of (partly) virtual mobilities is in the usual way, that is, the scholarship holder first fills in the Mobility Report and then the Letter of Confirmation is issued by the host institution and both documents need to be signed and stamped by the host and uploaded to www.ceepus.info. The Letter of Confirmation can be issued only for the period the scholarship holder actually spent in Hungary. If applicable, the period when the scholarship holder continued the activities online but not in Hungary may be indicated at the ’Additional information’ part of the Letter of Confirmation.
  • Incoming mobilities postponed from the Academic Year 2019/2020 can be realized until 15 December 2020, the latest, upon agreement with the host coordinator. Please inform the National CEEPUS Office Hungary about the rescheduled period of the mobility.
  • Incoming mobilities of the Academic Year 2020/2021 can be postponed until 31 August 2021, if necessary, upon agreement with the host coordinator. Please inform the National CEEPUS Office Hungary in case of any change in the mobility period.
  • Incoming scholarship holders may submit a force majeure request - if applicable - via https://vismaior.tka.hu website to ask for the reimbursement of their extra costs related to the CEEPUS mobility and incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please follow the guides below in order to get a clear picture of the possible steps and solutions you can take.

For further information in English please visit this webpage where you can find the official sectoral recommendations, procedures and guidelines issued by the Ministry responsible for higher education.

 

Should you need any further assistance please contact the National CEEPUS Office Hungary at ceepus@tpf.hu.

We wish you all the best for the accomplishment of your scholarships.
Tempus Public Foundation

Last modified: 02-10-2020