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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: 252 115 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 and masks are mandatory. If it is required, remote shoots are also possible.

Curfew restrictions: 10pm-5am, except for work. Masks have to be worn in every indoor and certain outdoor spaces.

Border closure: The borders are closed generally, but travelling in with business purposes is allowed without any restrictions from certain countries. These countries are: the EU and EEA members, USA, UK, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, India, UAE, Indonesia, Israel, Turkey, Switzerland, Ukraine, Singapore and Bahrein. This means that travellers coming from these countries to Hungary in relation with any film or photo production are free to enter the country without any restrictions but from countries not listed above it is currently prohibited to enter Hungary. In the case of collaboration with Progressive Productions we can manage the proper documentation for this. Travellers with heavy Covid symptoms at the border entry could be possibly sent to a 10-day quarantine.

International flights: very limited flight plan

Hotels: closed to tourists only business travelers can stay in hotels

Restaurants: closed except home deliveries and takeout

Small shops:  have to close until 9:30pm every day

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: 33 688 people

Productions: all types of shoots are possible. However 1 meter of social distance should be kept and masks are mandatory. If it is required, remote shoots are also possible.

Curfew restrictions: 8pm-5am curfew except for work. FFP2 masks have to be worn in every indoor space and in public spaces.

Border closure: travelling in with business purposes is allowed without mandatory quarantine if a negative COVID test is presented upon arrival that has been taken in the 72 hours before entering and if the mandatory electronic registration has been completed and approved by the Austrian authorities. Non-business essential travel from certain countries is also allowed with a mandatory 10-day quarantine, a negative Covid test and with an electronic registration in advance.

Mandatory Quarantine, Covid test and Registration: A 10-day self-quarantine and a certificate of a negative test is mandatory when arriving from almost all EU/EEA/UK/Swiss countries, except from a few so called “safe countries” which are: Australia, Ireland, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and South Korea. Citizens of these safe countries do not need to quarantine or show a negative COVID test. But all travellers need to register electronically in advance and obtain a pre-travel clearance which they have to present upon entering the country (digitally or as a hard-copy).

Prohibited Entry: Entry is prohibited to third-country nationals when arriving from states outside the Schengen area (except those listed above as safe countries). Third-country nationals travelling from inside the Schengen area are allowed to travel in but they are also obligated to commit to a 10-day self-quarantine, to show a negative Covid test and to register electronically.

International flights: landing ban for flights from the UK, South Africa and Brazil. Very limited number of flights from other countries.

Hotels:  closed to tourists only business travelers can stay in hotels

Restaurants, bars:  closed except home deliveries and takeout

Shops: non-essential shops and service providers are reopened and can operate until 7pm. A negative Covid test is required from customers to use certain non-essential services (eg. hairdresser).


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

Cover Photo by CDC on Unsplash

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