Hungary has become the first country in the Schengen Area to reclose its borders for internationals after an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections abroad.

Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, says the corridor to transit through the country will, however, remain in place.

Schengen Visa Info reports there are also some exemptions in the travel ban, such as for diplomatic visits and other emergency cases.

“Border crossing will be allowed during limited hours, and travel via humanitarian corridors will also be guaranteed in the future, following the rules in effect earlier,” the minister said.

“Specific, stringent rules will apply to sports events, while diplomatic and official travel will also be allowed. In cases deserving special consideration, the national police chief will have the authority to grant the exemptions,” he added.

Hungarian nationals returning from foreign countries will need to self-isolate or present a negative COVID-19 test result upon their arrival.

The entry ban will remain effective for at least one month, while residents are urged to avoid non-essential travel to other countries.

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Hungary has had 6,257 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 616 deaths reported.

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