Update: As of the second week of May, the immunity certificate app was also released. I have not downloaded it as I am waiting for my ügyfélkapu (“client gate” in English) account to be completed.
Good news! Contrary to initial news, foreigners in Hungary who have been vaccinated for COVID can now get their immunity cards (védettségi igazolvány). Today, I will share how quickly I was able to apply for mine in three easy steps.
Step 1: Go to your kormányablak.
Find your nearest kormányablak (“government window” in English) in kormányablak.hu. On the lower left side, choose your county. For Budapest, select your district and check the working hours and the exact address.
Some important things to note:
- There is no need to make an appointment when applying for the immunity card. You simply show up at the kormányablak and you will receive a queue number.
- You can actually go to ANY kormányablak. I originally wanted to go to the Csepel one (long story), but decided to take at chance at my own district. My colleague went as far as district 3 for her card. Just choose a place at your convenience.
- Everyone is required to wear a mask!
Step two: Present the following documents
- TAJ card
- Address card
- Residence permit
- Vaccination proof/certificate or card (oltási lap)
The officer at the counter will check your documents versus the details in the system as well as update your information with your passport number. They will ask you if you want your card to be sent to your address or if you want to pick it up from your nearest post office.
Then they will give you 2 data sheets to sign. This data sheet contains your data in the EESZT system, as well as the postal address where your card will be sent. Check that the information is correct, sign and return one; the other copy is yours.
Step three: Wait for your card in the mail!
The officer said it usually takes 10-12 days.
That’s it! Honestly, it was quite fast. Even the queue outside the kormányablak wasn’t so bad. Of course, the waiting time will vary depending on the district and the specific time you visit. I went during my lunch hour so it was quite busy. Still, I was done in less than an hour.
Also, I am sure that in all districts, they have many people who can speak English well so it is really not a problem if you do not speak Hungarian. (I practiced my Hungarian because…I’d be wasting my money on lessons if I didn’t attempt to use the language, right? 🙂 )
I hope this was helpful, good luck!