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 vaccine, they automatically send you the card free of charge. There 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 case, you will also receive it automatically, free of charge. It 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 free, nor automatic. You 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 4 months, starting from the day of the test.
Sadly, if you had covid in another country and were only tested there, you cannot use those test to get a certificate
as mentioned in the second point. You 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 zoos, museums, theatres, libraries
- go to sports facilities (gym, swimming 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: email@example.com
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 addresses. Moreover, the system is overwhelmed, all the cards are sent by mail, it usually takes around 2-3 weeks. If it doesn’t arrive by then, write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit a government office.
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