COVID-19 Coronavirus Rules
From 7 March 2022, it’s not obligatory, but still allowed to wear a face mask on our trains and stations.
We recommend the digital solutions for purchasing tickets and passes in a quick and convinient way, without cash or personal contacts:
- BKK mobile tickets and passes are available for the suburban railway line sections within the area of Budapest,
- while for the line sections outside of Budapest, tickets and passes can be purchased using the MÁV mobile application.
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 June 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 the state of emergency, has been extended.
Identity documents (identity card, driving licence, passport) issued by a Hungarian authority and expiring or expired between 11 March 2020 and 31 May 2022 are accepted as valid until 30 June 2022.
In addition to identity documents, the validity of certificates and travel vouchers under Government Decree 85/2007 (IV.25) has been extended until 30 June 2022, if their expiry date falls between 11 March 2020 and 3 July 2020 or between 4 November 2020 and 31 May 2022. (The validity period of documents that expired between 4 July 2020 and 3 November 2020 and are not suitable for identification purposes has not changed.)
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 between 4 November 2020 and 31 May 2022 is extended until 30 June 2022. (It does not apply for short stay visas and entry visas for receiving a residence permit. The validity of residence documents expiring on or after 1 March 2022 will not be extended.)
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. (In case of driving licences issued by the Hungarian authorities, the above mentioned rule applies in addition.)
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 until 30 June 2022:
- higher education, 2019/2020 I. semester
- higher education, 2019/2020 II. semester
- higher education, 2020/2021 I. semester
- higher education, 2020/2021 II. semester
- higher education, 2021/2022 I. semester
- secondary education, 2019/2020 academical year
- secondary education, 2020/2021 academical year
Student ID cards validated for the 2021/2022 II. 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 until 30 June 2022, 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 until 30 June 2022 (regardless of the original validity period of the certificate if it has been issued on 4 November 2020 or later).