Acquiring the immunity certficate card

There are 3 ways to get the certificate depending on your situation.

1. After getting vaccinated

When you get your first shot of the vaccinethey automatically send you the card free of chargeThere is no expiration date but the first day of immunity is written on it. The type of vaccine you got is not mentioned. Be aware that you only receive an immunity certificate card, if you received the vaccine in Hungary! Based on the rules in force if you get vaccinated outside Hungary, you won’t receive the immunity card

2. After recovery

In this caseyou will also receive it automatically, free of chargeIt is valid from the day you leave the hospital or the day of your first negative PCR test after a positive one. (If you only have one PCR test (positive), you will receive a card that is valid from your first day out of quarantine.) In these cases, the card is valid for 6 months.

3. After having covid without symptoms

It is not freenor automaticYou have to pay for an antibody test (11 000 Ft) and the certificate (3 000 Ft). You have to request the card at a government office (kormányablak)  in person or through an online form (in order to be able to do it online, you need to have a customer site (ügyfélkapu) account). The card is valid for months, starting from the day of the test.

Sadlyif you had covid in another country and were only tested thereyou cannot use those test to get a certificate
as mentioned in the second pointYou can, however, follow the third point and get your certificate according to that.

Benefits of having an immunity certificate card

As more people are vaccinated, more restrictions are lifted for cardholders. Some examples of what cardholders are
allowed to do after 4 million vaccinations: 

  • go to closed parts of restaurants, hotels
  • visit recreational facilities like zoosmuseumstheatreslibraries
  • go to sports facilities (gymswimming pool) and sports events 

Where will they send your card?

There are many options: they either send it to the address on your address card, the one you write on the paper they give you when you get your first shot of vaccine or the one you registered with. The system is a bit inconsistent so please check all possible addresses.

You can change the address they choose to deliver your card to at a government office (kormányablak).

If your card doesn’t arrive within 2-3 weeks after the first dose of vaccine, go to the government office or write an email to the following email address: vedettsegiigazolvany@1818.hu

What if you have not received your card?

If you moved recently, or you have multiple addresses on your address card, make sure they didn’t deliver it to one of the other addressesMoreoverthe system is overwhelmedall the cards are sent by mail, it usually takes around 2-3 weeks. If it doesn’t arrive by then, write an email to vedettsegiigazolvany@1818.huor visit a government office.

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