Dear Participants, Parents, Team Officials and Federation Officials,
As we wrote last Thursday, the Hungarian Government announced new travel restrictions for those
entering the country starting on 1st September and valid for at least 30 days. You may have read in
your home media, that this is a full travel ban, or that Hungary has completely shut down its
The decision is however a bit more complicated than that simple statement and the government
decree published on Sunday night (30th August) confirms that entering Hungary is still possible
those taking part in sports events. This is valid for basically all sport events starting from
UEFA European Super Cup level to orienteering district championships.
As of today, the entry condition for those attending a sport event is an invitation letter from
organiser with exact names and ID card data for all participants, team officials and competition
officials plus two negative COVID-19 PCR tests not older than 5 days and made 48 hours apart (in
English or Hungarian language). Those entering with such negative tests will not need to be
quarantined in Hungary after entering. According to this decree – which is valid until 1st
now – spectators are not allowed to enter under this exemption.
The decree also writes, that for UEFA football matches, presenting 1 negative PCR test from the last
days is enough. The government reserves the right to apply (different) special measures for major
sports events such as EJYOC (hopefully the same as for UEFA matches). So basically, this means that
all countries are "yellow", if you want to take part in a sport event.
The full text of the government decree can be found here (and downloaded from the top right
, page 6170, 12-13. §
Some of you may have seen, that the coronavirus situation in Hungary rapidly deteriorated during
the last few days with the number of positive tests going up from 73 on 26th August (the date of our
last letter) to 292 on 30th August. Still, experts believe that the reason behind the rise in
very much local. 11 days ago, the Prime Minister announced that there will be major changes in
travel restrictions from the 1
st of September and that people should not book travel to the
Mediterranean countries afterwards. For many people, this meant that this was the last chance to
travel, go to the beach, etc. We had two consecutive weekends with perfect summer weather and
every tourist destination was full. Freshmen camps in the universities happened last week in good
weather. This is seen as potential reasons for the increasing numbers. We believe and hope for a
significant decrease by 9
th September, when the effects of the travel restrictions should be known.
We can’t extend the team entry deadline forever, as we need to make pre-payments for the
accommodations booking, especially for those willing to stay in accommodation “A”. Therefore, the
latest date we need your commitment is 10th September, i.e. we will further extend the team size
deadline to this date. Our plan is to review the situation on 8
th September, make a statement /
decision on 9
th September whether EJYOC should go ahead and then you still have one day to decide
whether you are willing to participate with the restrictions or not. Then we will need to receive
pre-payments by 15th September.
The entry cancellation regulation is thus modified as follows: if an entered Federation withdraws
entry between 11th September and 13th October, it will receive an 80% refund. As per IOF
Competition Rule 7.9., (If the event (or part of the event) has to be cancelled due to reasons
of the organiser’s control e.g. weather conditions, destruction of terrain, the organiser may retain
minimum proportion of the entry fee in order to cover committed costs.), the organiser will retain
20% of the entry fees from all those entered on 10th September 24:00, if EJYOC 2020 will be
due to COVID-19. Between 14th
-20th October, the refund is 50%.
Some more questions we got from the IOF Office and short answers:
Q1: Is it certain that the decree of the government allowing international sports events special
status, i.e. no quarantine requirements as long as 2 negative tests are registered, is going to
stay in place?
A1: It can't be certain, but it's extremely likely that it will stay in place. We absolutely
agree, that if
quarantine is imposed, then EJYOC can't go ahead. But at the moment, the government is desperate
to restart school on 1st September. As long as there is offline school, there will be
also, EJYOC included.
Q2: What is happening in Hungary after it is known that there is a significant increase in cases
Is there a lot of pressure to close things down?
A2: For the government, this would be a last resort. It's crucial for the economy to not close
totally. Politically, it can also be a disaster and political gains are extremely important for
government. They have said multiple times, that the country can't be shut down again and
Hungarian people some freedom is paramount.
Q3: What do you think is the most likely scenario? What recommendation would you give?
A3: I'm not an expert virologist, but the absolute numbers you see are still not overly
(although the trend is). I believe the travel measures will have some effect. My recommendation
would be to wait a few weeks until the effects roll through the system
As stated earlier, our next scheduled communiqué will be released on 9
th September. But if you have
some more questions, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until then, stay healthy!