Season Over in Croatia? Hungary to Tighten Borders from September 1

Daniela Rogulj



August 21, 2020 – Hungary will tighten the rules for border crossings from September 1 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that is rapidly growing in neighboring countries, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on the radio Friday morning. So, what will this mean for Croatia?

“As the school year begins, we will no longer be able to have the border crossing system as it was during the summer,” Orban said. Under current rules, those returning to Hungary from countries where the number of new infections has increased must go into quarantine for 14 days, unless they have two negative tests.

Croatia is on the green list

However, Reuters writes that Croatia, which is a popular summer destination for Hungarians, is still on the green list, which means that no special rules apply. Reuters also states that there were 255 newly infected people in Croatia yesterday, bringing the total number to 7329. This number is by no means decreasing. 

Orban did not reveal details about the new restrictions, though it seems citizens are encouraged to take their holidays now before the September 1 deadline. 

I5046 cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Hungary so far, while 609 people have died.

Orban also announced a two-year economic recovery plan

Orban, a nationalist who has been in power for more than a decade, also said his government must draw up a two-year plan by mid-next month to boost the economy after an annual 13.6 percent drop in the second quarter.

The government’s official forecast still sees the economy shrink by 3% this year. However, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said last month that the country’s economy could shrink by about five percent.

This was even before the release of GDP data for the second quarter.

On Friday, Orban did not present a new economic forecast for this year.


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