Certification of Protection Against Coronavirus

2021. March 1.

The Government Decree No. 60/2021 (II. 12.) on the certification of protection against coronavirus, marking out detailed rules on how individuals can verify that they are protected against infection by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is hereby summarized below.

In order to obtain an official protection certificate, individuals shall demonstrate the one of the following:

  • recovery from COVID-19 illness within the time limits laid down in the Decree; or
  • vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine authorised and used to vaccinate the population in the EU and/or in Hungary at the dose specified by the manufacturer.

The (official) protection certificate or application is suitable for certifying protection against the coronavirus.

The protection certificate will contain the following data: the individual’s name, passport number (if the individual has a passport), identity card number and identifier, a serial number of the protection certificate, in the case of proof of vaccination is provided: the time of vaccination, in the case of proof of recovery from infection is provided: the validity date of the certificate, and a data storage code which is optically readable by means of an IT tool.

If the issuance of the protection certificate is based on proof of recovery, the validity date will be the day six months following the day when the individual person recovered from the infection. The day of recovery from the infection shall be defined based on the information stored the Electronic Health Services Area (Elektronikus Egészségügyi Szolgáltatási Tér – EESZT) as follows:

  • the date of the negative result to a molecular biological test, following the last positive molecular biological test or rapid antigen test;
  • the tenth day following the last positive coronavirus antigen rapid test or molecular biological test (in the absence of a negative coronavirus molecular biological test).

If a rapid antigen test or a molecular biological test for the detection of a coronavirus with a positive result is not recorded in the EESZT, but the individual person can certify through the results of a test performed in a laboratory by a healthcare provider operating in Hungary that the antibody against the coronavirus is present, the validity date shall be the day four months following the date of the test certifying the presence of the antibody.

The Government Decree contains further administrative details and deadlines on official registration requirements.

As mentioned above, there will be also an application for coronavirus vaccination operated by the operator of the EESZT which will among other data shows the date of vaccination (but does not include the type of vaccination) furthermore the presence or absence of protection against infection.

In order to issue a protection certificate confirming to the vaccination, the healthcare provider obliged to join the EESZT shall process the relevant data of the data subject for one year following the vaccination.

The information summarized above are given for information purposes only and cannot be considered as legal advice provided by the law firm. If you have any further questions in connection with the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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