COVID-19 Coronavirus Rules

Obligatory face covering on public transport services and at the stops

From 1 November 2021, it is obligatory to wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose at public transport stops, as well as on the vehicles, during the whole journey. Violators of this rule might be excluded from travel.

Please put on your mask already before entering the stop. In case of an offence, the passenger will be asked by our colleagues (e.g. conductors, security guards or train drivers) to keep the rule. If the passenger still refuses to wear a face mask, he/she will be fined and excluded from travel, in which the police might get involved. Children under 6 years of age are allowed to travel without face covering. People with disabilities (mental or psychosocial) or autism spectrum disorder are also exempt from wearing a face mask, if they can show a document to prove their status.

Please find the details in the 597/2021. (X.28.) Government Decree (in Hungarian language).

We recommend to keep at least 1.5 m distance from each other, if possible. Suburban railway tickets for the sections outside of Budapest are also available via the MÁV mobile application. By online ticket purchase, personal contacts can be reduced.

Validity of expiring official documents

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a state of emergency has been introduced and is still in place for the following time periods:

  • 11 March 2020 – 3 July 2020
  • 4 November 2020 – continuously, expected to be terminated in early 2022.

During the states of emergency, the validity of several documents and certificates used for transport discounts has been extended. We collected the most important information on this, according to the announcements of Ministry of Innovation and Technology and the Prime Minister's Office.

Within the pandemic-related measures, the validity of most official documents valid in Hungary, issued by Hungarian authorities/organizations that expire during any of the state of emergency periods, has been extended. These documents are still accepted as valid, and will be throughout the state of emergency, and 60 days after.

It concerns the personal ID cards and those certificates and travel vouchers, which are used for transport discounts according to the Government Decree no. 85/2007. (IV.25.).

The same rule applies for the documents expired during the 2020 spring state of emergency (between 11 March and 3 July 2020) and their validity has been extended at that time. Validity of documents expired between 4 July and 3 November 2020 is not affected by the changes.

Different rules are valid for the documents listed below:

In case of documents issued by foreign authorities that are valid also in Hungary, the original expiration date applies.

The validity of residence permits under the law on residence of persons with the right of free movement (Act I of 2007), and the law on residence of third country citizens (Act II of 2007) that expire during the state of emergency is extended until the 60th day following the end of the state of emergency. (It does not apply for short stay visas and entry visas for receiving a residence permit.)

For the driving licenses, unified rules apply in the whole European Union: if these documents expire between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021, their validity is prolonged by 10 months from the original expiration date.

The validity of Hungarian student ID cards has also been extended. For the transport discounts, student ID cards with the following validation stickers are accepted as valid throughout the state of emergency, and 60 days after:

  • higher education, 2019/2020 I. semester
  • higher education, 2019/2020 II. semester
  • higher education, 2020/2021 I. semester
  • higher education, 2020/2021 II. semester
  • secondary education, 2019/2020 academical year
  • secondary education, 2020/2021 academical year

Student ID cards validated for the 2021/2022 I. semester (higher education) or the 2021/2022 academic year (secondary education) are also valid now.

Students born on 1 September 2003 or later are eligible for travel discounts throughout the state of emergency, and 60 days after, even if their student ID cards haven’t been validated.

In case of ongoing studies, if a pupil of student does not have a student ID card (eg. the card is lost and its replacement is in progress), a certificate can be provided by the school that temporarily replaces the student ID card. This certificate has to be shown in printed format and is valid throughout the state of emergency, and 60 days after (regardless of the original validity period of the certificate if it has been issued on 4 November 2020 or later).