Hungary has imposed new restrictions on cross-border travel as of next Wednesday, aiming  to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, prime minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, said on Sunday.

The country lifted most of its lockdown restrictions and opened its borders in May. Gulyas said that the virus needs to remain “outside the borders” in order to avoid the reimposing of the lockdown measures.

Under the new rules, Hungarian nationals returning from high-risk countries listed as “red” will have to go through health checks at the border. Those countries include Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and neighbouring Ukraine.

They will also have to go into a 14-day quarantine even if they are not infected, which can only be avoided with two negative coronavirus tests from the previous 5 days.

The same applies to foreigners coming from countries listed as “yellow”, but those from “red” countries will be barred from entry.

The “yellow” list of countries includes Serbia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The list will be regularly updated, authorities said.

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