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April 9, 2020 (Farvardin 21, 1399) an interview was published by ISNA with the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the issue of 16 Iranian students being expelled from Hungary. I agree with Mr Mousavi that expelling citizens of another country is always a regrettable act. However, I need to point out that the statement of the spokesperson contains numerous omissions and misunderstandings which may easily mislead the reader.
First of all, during my meetings with the Iranian officials so far, not one of them questioned that the procedure we employed on the students in question was justified in terms of legal grounds. These students, while in “opposing the hospital conditions” were so aggressive towards the hospital staff and also threatening the health and safety of their surroundings, that police forces had to be called. To my knowledge, there were altogether 19 foreigners in quarantine. Only the aforementioned 16 students broke the rules – among the remaining 3 foreign nationals, one was also Iranian. The perception that the Hungarian authorities may charge someone “unjustifiably”, i.e. for no good reason is completely unacceptable.
We would like to inform you about the latest information related to coronavirus:
According to the Hungarian Authorities’ decision, until further notice, Iranian citizens cannot travel to Hungary even if they hold a valid visa. For this reason we advise you not to start your journey to Hungary.
This means that:
- visas issued for applicants will be revoked.
- In the case of applications under consideration - in compliance with Article 32 (1) (a) (vi.) of the Visa Code - will be refused for public health risk.
These decisions will not affect the outcome of later applications.Read More
We would like to inform the Honorable Traveler that the new phytosanitary regulations, which will come into effect in the member states of the European Union from December 14, 2019, will also restrict the small quantities of the plants and plant products for own use. The regulation requires mandatory screening of luggage, similar to controls on products of animal origin introduced several years ago.Read More