For our friends, students, volunteers, supporters, and community members, we are providing this collection of information and resources available in English regarding coronavirus in Hungary. Some articles and resources are also available in other languages — these are marked with the globe symbol 🌐
Updated 18 May 2020
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Economic Relief and Other Support
Many people are facing financial challenges due to the long period of restrictions and requirements to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus. Because of this, several official authorities are making assistance available to individuals and families.
- On 19 March, the Hungarian government announced a number of financial relief measures. These include relief for KATA taxpayers (small business lump sum tax) in affected sectors, rules on paying the rent for properties rented out for a purpose other than housing, exemption to pay taxes in affected sectors, and a moratorium on loan payments. Learn more in this English language summary of these provisions
Budapest VIII. District
- If you live in the 8th District (Józsefváros) you may be eligible for a Pandemic Allowance from the local government. Information on the Józsefváros Pandemic Allowance is available in English on who qualifies and how to apply. You will have to fill out the application form, which is provided by the district in Hungarian with English translation.
- The Józsefváros municipality has put up a webpage with full information in English about the municipality’s response to the coronavirus for residents of the 8th district. Information is also available (mostly in Hungarian)
on the Józsefváros Facebook page
- 🌐 An information poster is also available on the Józsefváros Facebook page in multiple languages:
English ∙ Español ∙ العربية ∙ فارسی ∙ Pусский ∙ Chinese
Budapest IX. District
- If you live in the 9th District (Ferencváros) you may be eligible for a Pandemic Allowance from the local government. Information on the Ferencváros Pandemic Allowance is available in English on who qualifies and how to apply. You will have to fill out the application form (available only in Hungarian).
- If you are looking for work, you can check the two job databases below that are frequently updated (in Hungarian only!)
- If you are a parent who does not speak Hungarian well, and your children are struggling with their school assignments, you can apply for Next Step’s new Online Homework Tutoring programme. A group of enthusiastic volunteers is available to help children manage their schoolwork during these unusual times. To apply, please fill out the application form, which will help the tutors better understand the needs of the children.
- Hungarian government official news site About Hungary includes the latest on coronavirus in Hungary
- For regular English translations of Hungarian news service MTI stories about coronavirus, visit the coronavirus section of the Hungary Today website
- 🌐 How does the coronavirus affect foreigners in Hungary? Menedék Association has put together a useful info sheet on the current situation in Hungary that is available in several languages: Hungarian, Arabic, English, Farsi, Hindi, Spanish, and Urdu.
- 🌐 For additional up-to-date information about how the coronavirus situation in Hungary affects foreigners visit the COVID-19 Information Leaflets page on the website of the Hungarian Helsinki. Information sheets are available in: Spanish, French, Persian, Pashto, Arabic, and Kurdish.
- Worldwide numbers of confirmed cases, deaths and recovered patients per country – from John Hopkins University
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control situation update for the EU/EEA and the UK
Lockdown, Restrictions, and Quarantine
- What does “lockdown” mean? What effect does it have on our ability to move around the city and country? For an overview, see the Hungarian Helsinki Committee’s information page on the lockdown. HHC has also put together a very thorough Question and Answer page that goes into a lot of detail on what you can and cannot do during a lockdown, and what your legal rights are. Find the Lockdown Q&A online or in PDF format.
- An excellent resource on rules, regulations, and legal rights related to Covid-19 has been put together by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, which is also offering an English-language free legal assistance phone service. You can also find more information on their website about what quarantine means according to Hungarian law.
- The Hungarian immigration office has been posting updates on its website, starting with general Information on changes in procedures related to the coronavirus crisis. More information about cancelled appointments and how to reach the immigration officeis also posted on their website.
- Foreigners should also be aware of changes in the dates of validity period of certain residence documents because of the coronavirus situation and the state of emergency declared by the Hungarian government.
- 🌐 The Hungarian Helskinki Committee has also posted information sheets about client services at the immigration office during hte coronavirus pandemic. These can be downloaded from the Hungarian Helsinki Committee website in Spanish, French, Persian, Pashto, Arabic, and Kurdish.
Prevention and Protection
- 🌐 How can you prevent coronavirus infection? What should you do if you think you have been infected with coronavirus? What happens if your doctor confirms that you have the infection? Visit the National Public Health Centre of Hungary for information in Hungarian and English:
- 🌐 Basic protective measures against coronavirus from the World Health Organization, available in:
English ∙ العربية ∙ Français ∙ Español ∙ Pусский
- What is social distancing and how can it slow the spread of coronavirus?
🌐 The Washington Post has published an excellent article explaining social distancing and how limiting contact between people can help “flatten the curve” of the epidemic, slowing the spread of the disease. The article is available in: English ∙ Español ∙ Italiano ∙ Français ∙ العربية ∙ فارسی ∙ Português ∙ Pусский ∙ Deutsch ∙ বাংলা ∙ हिन्दी
- Independent private doctor located in Budapest, ready to talk to you in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese in case you have doubts or symptoms: contact Dr. Favila by sending email to him – firstname.lastname@example.org
- More questions about coronavirus? The Federation of American Scientists has created an “Ask a Scientist” page with many, many questions and answers about the virus, such as, “Does the microwave kill the virus?”, “When should I wash my hands?”, and “What happens to the COVID-19 virus when it rains?” You can browse through all the categories of questions and answers, and you can even submit a question yourself.
Social Responsibility – Useful Tips
- Clear up rumours and misconceptions around the coronavirus outbreak! World Health Organization myth busters and fact checking
- What to buy (and what to skip) to prepare for coronavirus?
- Do you need somebody to do shopping for you because you are self-isolating? Don’t feel ashamed of getting in touch with young friends and people at your neighbourhood by calling, texting, emailing or leafleting them!
- How can you help those who are elderly, ill, or vulnerable in these times? Apart from applying the rules of personal hygiene and social distancing that protect others from getting infected, you can offer people in need your direct help to do their shopping, paying cheques, etc. We advise that you should help most of all those sick and/or elderly people who live in your close vicinity. How to get in touch with these people? You can, for instance, place some leaflets at the public places of your neighbourhood (where allowed):
- A local Hungarian language teacher has created a worksheet with useful vocabulary and phrases in Hungarian related to the coronavirus situation. Find translation for key words and phrases such as “patient”, “symptom”, “testing”, and many more.