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Hungary’s new travel restrictions are key to preserving the security of the Hungarian people and economy, the foreign minister has said.

Hungary’s border closures that came into effect on Sept. 1 will be reassessed at the end of the month, Péter Szijjártó said. He cautioned against the imposition of a lockdown similar to strict measures taken in the spring, when Hungarian schools were closed and the economy ground to a halt, saying this would leave the country’s economy and society in dire straits. Hungary, he added, was expected to emerge as one of the “winners” of the post-pandemic world order. To achieve that goal, Hungary aims to draw as many investments as possible, he said. Accordingly, workers living across the borders are being allowed to commute to work in Hungary, and foreign business trips within the same company group are exempt from the restrictions, he added.
Regarding football players, Szijjártó said Hungary was adhering to UEFA guidelines that requires one negative coronavirus test not older than three days from foreign players entering Hungary. Hungarian players returning from abroad will have to show two tests, he said.