All participants are kindly requested to contact the Hungarian Embassy or consulate in their respective countries (or the closest to you) in time regarding visa requirements. The difficulty of obtaining visa to Hungary varies by regions but you should calculate with a 45-day long issuing period to ensure the safe attainment of the visa.
The typical steps of obtaining visa are as follows
- Booking accommodation (Please note, if accommodation booked independently – not via the Organising Committee – the Organising Committee cannot take any responsibility for rejection of visa issuance)
- Sending the filled-in visa application form (downloadable from here) to the Organising Committee, to email@example.com)
- Contacting the Hungarian Embassy / Consulate serving in your country / territory and do the paperwork they request from you
- Organising Committee requests the booked hotel for verification of stay, if needed
- Organising Committee sends the letter of invitation along with the verification of stay to the
- Hungarian Embassy / Consulate and the National Federation
- Visa issuance
Download the Visa application form
Please note that the Organising Committee will not send you an invitation letter without knowing your teams’ arrival/departure dates, where you are staying, how many people there are in your team and who they are! The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asks the same information from us, so we cannot stand up for you without you standing up for yourself by providing this information.
Olympic Centre, Maty-ér
The canoe and rowing course was built between 1979 and 1981. The Olympic Centre is primarily used by canoeing, rowing, triathlon, fishing and leisure time sports. The complete area of the facility extends on almost 76ha. In addition to the national and international competitions, the facility offers services for training camps as well. The National Canoe and Rowing Olympic Centre is one of Europe’s outstanding water-sport bases, also a significant tourist base in Hungary, thanks to its features and to the lively cultural life offered by the City of Szeged.
How to get there?
Szeged is 167 kms away south of Hungary's capital city, Budapest. Szeged is best accessible on M5 highway. You can get to the race course on the road to Baja (main road No. 55) and from the road to Röszke/Serbia (E75). Szeged can also be reached by Intercity train service.
ADDRESS: H-6725 Szeged, Alsóvárosi feketeföldek 158.
GPS COORDINATES: 46°13’27” N 20°04’15” E
City of Szeged
Entitled as the capital of sprint canoeing, Szeged is the seat of Csongrád County and the fourth largest city in Hungary. It is situated near the south-eastern border of Hungary right by the Tisza River. A large part of the town lies on the right bank, while Újszeged (New Szeged), a suburban district of residential homes and parks is on the left bank of the Tisza. Szeged is the cultural and economic centre of South- Eastern Hungary and a thriving university town, which is also famous for its open-air theatre. The city centre is marked by the medieval Tower of St. Demetrius and the stately twin spires of the Votive Church. This cathedral was built in the first decades of the 20th century to commemorate the revival of the city after the devastating flood of the river in 1879. By Hungarian standards, Szeged is a large city, with a population of 177,000. The climate is very favourable of canoeing; the annual mean temperature being about 11 °C (52F), somewhat higher than in the rest of the country. Szeged is sometimes called the City of Sunshine as there is an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine annually.
From Budapest take the M5 highway and use exit #166 (Szeged nyugat, Baja). At the stop sign turn left towards Szeged. After 4km of going straight you'll reach the first roundabout. Take the first exit and follow the signs to your parking lot. The daily parking fee for spectators is 1000 HUF (about 3 Euros) and you can only pay cash.
General Information on Hungary
Population: 10.2 million
Area: 93.036 km2
Capital: Budapest (Territory: 525 km2)
Time zone: GMT +1 hour
Official language: Hungarian
State form: republic
Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe surrounded by Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. The Danube River forms part of Hungary’s north-western border with Slovakia, and then flows south through Budapest, dividing Hungary into two general regions. A low, rolling plain known as the Great Hungarian Plain, covers most of the region east of the Danube extending east to Romania and south to Serbia. Hungary has a continental climate with cold, cloudy, humid winters and warm to hot summers. Average annual temperature is 9.7 °C (49.5F). Temperature extremes are about 38 °C (100F) in the summer and −29°C (−20F) in the winter. Average temperature in the summer is 27 to 32 °C (81 to 90F). The average yearly rainfall is approximately 600mm (24 in).