Hungary, N. Macedonia reach deal on unrestricted travel for inoculated

Int’l Relations

An agreement between Hungary and North Macedonia on unrestricted travel for each other's citizens who have been inoculated against the coronavirus will come into force on Friday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjarto said at a press conference with the foreign minister of North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, in Skopje on Wednesday.

Hungary has reached agreements on mutual recognition of COVID-19 immunity certificates with Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Turkey and Bahrain. Romania also honors Hungarian immunity certificates and vice versa, while the details of an agreement with the Czech Republic on unrestricted travel for the inoculated are being worked out, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Szijjártó said Hungary is giving North Macedonia 6,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine to inoculate the country's 3,000 border guards.

Osmani acknowledged the assistance, noting that Hungary had also delivered masks to the country when supplies ran short last year.

He thanked Hungary for supporting the advancement of North Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration in international forums. North Macedonia hopes to start accession talks with the European Union this year, and the country continues to count on support from Budapest on the matter, he added.

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