Hungary changes border lockdown, angers EUEuropost
Hungary decided to make some exemptions in its newly imposed border lockdown rules allowing tourists from three neighbouring states - the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, to enter the country, news wires reported. The EU Commission reacted by saying that such a move amounted to discrimination and was illegal.
Hungary said last week it would close its borders to foreigners from Tuesday to curb a rise in coronavirus cases. Returning Hungarian citizens can leave a 14-day quarantine only if they provide two negative Covid-19 tests. However, after talks with Czech PM Andrej Babis, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban agreed to let Czech visitors who have already booked holidays in Hungary for September enter the country, the Foreign Ministry said.
The easing was subsequently extended to Poland and Slovakia, the ministry said in a statement. Visitors coming to Hungary have to produce a negative Covid test not older than five days, which Budapest says represents sufficient safety guarantees.
But according to the Commission, Hungary's decision clashed with the bloc's rules on free travel. “Any measures that do not comply with those fundamental principles of EU law should of course be immediately retracted," European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said, adding he would raise the matter with Budapest.