Covid-19 Info for Students

APPLICANTS: Response to Covid-19 in 2021-2022

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CURRENT STUDENTS: Should you feel sick or have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, loss of taste and/or smell DO NOT enter the campus:

- stay at home and call directly the Austrian Covid-19 hotline 1450.

At the first opportunity, in all such cases you should inform 

The CEU Medical Center is exclusively available via the following platforms: and the phone numbers indicated here.

Vienna Campus:


You can find the most update information at the main CEU site at

Dear Students, 

here is some useful information on the following Covid related issues for Budapest and Vienna:

  • Entrance to Austria (and Hungary) / Vaccine information
  • Entrance to Campus
  • Plans for Onsite/Online Classes 
  • The European Union COVID Certificate (EUDCC)  

Entrance to Austria (and Hungary) / Vaccine information 

Please note that entry rules and other guidelines may change, so make sure you check the latest updates in the links below before departure. 

The European Union COVID Certificate (EUDCC) has been officially activated throughout the entire European Union. 

With the so-called “green pass”, EU citizens can travel freely within the Schengen Area, without restrictions. 

In case you transit a third country to reach Austria / Hungary, please make sure you check the transit travel regulations of the specific country. 


Entry requirements for Austria  

Travellers from the listed countries here are now able to travel to Austria. All travellers need to show a so called “3G pass” upon entry. 

3G means that one of the following has to be proven: Getestet (Tested), Geimpft (Vaccinated), Genesen (Recovered) 

In further detail, when entering Austria, travellers must present one of the following:  

-   A negative covid test (PCR is valid for 72 hours, antigen test is valid for 48 hours) OR

-   A vaccine certificate: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Sinopharm. 

You are considered "vaccinated" starting on the 22nd day after your first dose, lasting for 3 months. After the second dose, the validity extends for another 6 months. 

Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose OR 

-   Proof of past infection: 6 months after a SARS-CoV-2 infection and proof of antibodies is valid for 3 months from the test date.   

*Please note that Sputnik vaccination is not accepted in Austria, and Sinopharm allows you to enter the country only. It is not valid to enter any facilities.   

If you do not have any of above listed documents, you must take a test within 24 hours of entry, and you must register in the Pre-Travel Clearance here

Please note that travellers from certain countries always need to obtain and show pre-travel clearance in addition to the above listed documents. 

If you travel from a country that is not listed here, please check for additional entry rules here.  

Please contact your department or the Admissions Office in case you have specific questions about your arrival or check the current entry rules here


Entry requirements for Hungary 

People presenting the European Union COVID Certificate can enter the country without any restrictions. 

Citizens of the following countries which Hungary has concluded bilateral agreements on mutually recognizing immunity certificates and allowing free travel to each-other’s citizens. 

List of countries is available here

Please contact your department or the Admissions Office ( in case you have specific questions about your arrival or check the latest border crossing related information to Hungary here


Entrance to Campus

Temperature check is available at the entrance. Wearing a mask is required to enter the campus and in hallways, washrooms. 

But it is up to you and those with you in a room as to whether you wear one in offices or classrooms. Social distancing remains in place, at 1.5 m 

Please check current campus regulations in Vienna here and in Budapest here



CEU community can access the campus by using a “Green Pass” or showing their immunity status by means of 3G:  

either vaccination (valid from day 22 after the first shot) OR 

negative covid-test (valid up to 48 hrs) OR

proof of recovery from a covid infection in the last 6 months OR

the proof of antibodies, valid for up to 3 months as confirmed by a medical certificate. 



Those with a valid CEU ID card may – if unavoidable – enter the Budapest campus strictly for work or study purposes related to CEU or for Library book pick up / return. 

Visitors of employees and students can are not yet allowed enter the campus by registration only.  No tests, no vaccination card/certificate is required to enter the facility. 

But it is strongly advised not to come to campus unless having immunity either through a previous infection or through vaccination.  


Plans for Onsite/Online Classes  

The plan is to hold the semester onsite. CEU has developed alternative plans, should the situation change before the beginning of the Academic Year. 

Decisions regarding covid19 regulations for higher education institutions are expected to be made in mid/end-August in both Austria and Hungary  




For those who want to opt for the PCR or antigen test while they are in Vienna, we recommend using the fast, easy, and free testing options offered by the City of Vienna. 

PCR tests can be taken in so-called “Gurgelboxen” that can be found in various locations across the city. All Gurgelboxen locations can be found here

More details and locations of testing lanes can be found here



There are no free testing options in Budapest. You can make PCR, antigen or antibody tests in the dedicated laboratories here



Here you find more info about the certified vaccines in the EU: 



There are numerous vaccination possibilities provided by the City of Vienna. You can register for a vaccination at or by calling 1450 to secure your COVID vaccine. 

Please note that vaccinations are also possible without an e-card. 

There are currently various ongoing summer campaigns organized by the City of Vienna that allow for a fast and registration-free vaccination process. 

You can find information about all current regulations and updates here 

If you have received your first shot and would like to get a second one, you need to call 1450 upon your arrival to discuss the opportunities. 



You can register with the TAJ (social security number) here

Non-Hungarian residents without the TAJ can register here

Please note that a valid Hungarian residency permit is needed for the registration.  

Resident foreigners are entitled to a Hungarian immunity certificate card once vaccinated.  

If you have already your first shot and would need to arrange a second one, first register for the vaccination as a foreigner without TAJ 

and secondly contact the Vaccination Defence Committee in Budapest by e-mail ( They deal with individual cases and they will help you to get your second shut.  

If you have been vaccinated with a non-EU registered vaccination, you may want to reconsider to make an antibodies test in a Hungarian laboratory. 

Those who have sufficient antibodies can apply for a Hungarian immunity card for 4 months.  


The European Union COVID Certificate (EUDCC)  

EUDCC Austria

24/7 hotline in Austria for all questions related to the green pass: 0800 555 621 

Information (in German) is here

For instructions in English as to how to activate the mobile app, click here

If you are unable to download the app, you can print a certificate of your immunity status at your GP/pharmacy (you will need to show your e-card). 


EUDCC Hungary  

The easiest way to get a pass for those with a TAJ-number is to log on here. The Client Gate can then be accessed, and the document downloaded and printed. 

Other options:

-   download EESZT Mobile App here  (Client Gate account and password needed)

-   Visit a Kormányablak 

-   Visit your GP. 

To manage the possible reduction of the seminar rooms seating capacity (due to social distancing requirements), students who could be present but do not fit into the room would rotate on a weekly basis according to a university-wide system splitting the student body into two. Rotation will stop as soon as social distancing requirements are removed by the authorities.