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The COVID-19 Situation

The Measures Impacting the Film Industry in Hungary and Austria

Since the outbreak of the virus, Progressive Productions provides up-to-date information on the measures impacting the Hungarian and Austrian film industry. Our aim is to share with an easily understandable, clear-cut layout, the latest news on the current state of both countries and how it affects these film industries. Furthermore, information on the potential possibilities of starting to shoot again in Hungary and Austria will also be featured here.

Since the outbreak of the virus, Progressive Productions provides up-to-date information on the measures impacting the Hungarian and Austrian film industry. Our aim is to share with an easily understandable, clear-cut layout, the latest news on the current state of both countries and how it affects these film industries. Furthermore, information on the potential possibilities of starting to shoot again in Hungary and Austria will also be featured here.

Hungary

Active cases: 530 people

Productions: all types of shoots are possible. There is no official limitation for film crews, but as per the official guideline of the National Film Institute, the producers have to keep the number of the people as low as possible and the 1,5 meter of social distance should be kept. If it is required, remote shoots are also possible.

Curfew restrictions: none, but masks have to be worn in shops and on public transport

Border closure: a new three category travel restriction has been put in place since July 15th, 2020.

  • GREEN (Low-Risk): Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland. Anyone can freely enter from these countries.
  • YELLOW (Lighter Infection): Bulgaria, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Canada, the United States of America. Travelers: must have two negative COVID-19 tests from within the last five days with at least 48 hours between the two tests OR must have an official certificate of having been infected with COVID-19 within the last 6 months OR must enter quarantine for 14 days
  • RED (Serious Infection)All countries not included above. Travelers from these countries can not enter Hungary.

International flights: reopened with a limited flight plan

Hotels: open as normal again with safety measures put in place

Restaurants, shops:  reopened as normal, but face masks have to be worn in shops

Support: during the pandemic the Hungarian state provides support for workers in the local film industry, ensuring that the film industry can restart as soon as possible after the borders will be reopened. Financial support provided for freelancers, and companies are exempt of having to pay tax and other contributions form the essential part of this support scheme. Furthermore, the measures do not affect the 30% tax incentive law for films produced in Hungary, nor its allocated budget (10 862 825 124 Ft, USD 33 million, EUR 30,5 million)

You can find the most up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus Situation in Hungary on the following official websites. 

Government of Hungary: https://www.kormany.hu/en

Official website on the coronavirus situation in Hungary (in English soon): https://koronavirus.gov.hu/

Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest: https://www.bud.hu/en/coronavirus

About Hungary (Official Hungarian Government Website for Coronavirus Information in ENGLISH): http://abouthungary.hu/

Austria

Active cases: 1585 people

Productions: all types of shoots are possible with up to the crew size of 100 people. 1 meter of social distance should be kept. If it is required, remote shoots are also possible.

Curfew restrictions: none, in some regions is it compulsory to wear a mask in shops and on public transport

Border closure: 

Free Travel: Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Anyone can freely enter from these countries, if they have not traveled to any country not listed within the last 10 days. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens travelling directly from EU countries not listed above to Austria must have a certified negative COVID-19 test no older than 3 days OR must get tested within 2 days of arrival and stay in quarantine until their result is negative.

Restricted Travel: Third-country nationals are prohibited to arrive from outside the Schengen area, however third-country nationals can arrive to Austria from within the Schengen area, but they must provide a negative COVID-19 test AND must go into quarantine for 10 days.

International flights: reopening with a limited flight plan. There are no direct flights between Austria and, among others, China, Egypt,, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom. This will be reviewed on July 31st.

Hotels:  Hotels are allowed to be open

Restaurants, shops: all shops are allowed to be open, but the use of masks is compulsory. From 15 May, restaurants are allowed to be until 11 pm. No more than 4 adults and their children can sit at one table. At least 1 meter has to be kept from the people on neighbouring tables. Service at the counter is not permitted.

Support: the Austrian government is the first in the world to create a 28 million dollar fund to compensate local and international productions that were cancelled or delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

You can find the most up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus Situation in Austria on the following official websites. 

Austria Official Travel Portal: https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information

Coronavirus Situation in Tirol: https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information

Coronavirus Situation in Vienna: https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/coronavirus-information

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