Hungary – Measures to limit the spread of coronavirus

25 March, 2020

The designated operator of Hungary, Magyar Posta, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, on Monday, 16 March 2020, the Government of Hungary declared a state of emergency, lasting 30 days, in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Consequently, Magyar Posta can pursue its activities only in compliance with the strict ad hoc measures implemented by the government.

Owing to a lack of transport capacity following the cancellation of numerous international flights as part of measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19, Magyar Posta is currently unable to transport mail (letter-post and parcel-post items, as well as transit mail) to a large number of countries. The list of affected countries changes every day. Magyar Posta is therefore declaring a situation of force majeure and suspending, with immediate effect, the acceptance of letter-post and parcel-post items destined for the affected Union member countries. This suspension will apply until sufficient transport capacity becomes available. Closed or open transit mail will not be accepted.

Magyar Posta is no longer able to guarantee compliance with delivery standards, in particular with regard to quality of service and remuneration for all categories of mail items (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items) until further notice.

Magyar Posta is working continuously to improve the situation. International and domestic operations will continue to operate normally insofar as possible.

Magyar Posta thanks all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding. It will update them via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal.