International Swimming Federation
FINA is the world governing body for the six aquatic disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming, open water swimming, and high diving.
The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) was founded in London July 19, 1908 during the London Olympic Games. The founders of FINA were: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Sweden.
The stated aims of the Federation were:
1. To establish unified rules for swimming, diving and water polo, to be applied at the Olympic Games and other international competitions
2. To verify world records and establish an official updated world records list
3. To manage swimming competitions at the Olympic Games
By September 2015, under the presidency of Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA consisted of 207 National Member Federations on the five continents.
Today, FINA controls the development of the following aquatic events:
- Swimming: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, medley, relays, mixed relays
- Diving: springboard (1m, 3m), platform (10m), synchronised diving (3m and 10m), mixed and team events
- High Diving: men (27m) and women (20m)
- Water polo: men and women
- Synchronised swimming: solo, duet, mixed duet, team and free combination
- Open water swimming: 5km, 10km, 25km, team event
FINA has been organising World Championships since 1973, of swimming, diving, high diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming. The first 16 events took place in Belgrade (YUG, 1973), Cali (COL, 1975), Berlin (GER, 1978), Guayaquil (ECU, 1982), Madrid (ESP, 1986), Perth (AUS, 1991), Rome (ITA, 1994), Perth (AUS, 1998), Fukuoka (JPN, 2001), Barcelona (ESP, 2003), Montreal (CAN, 2005), Melbourne (AUS, 2007), Rome (ITA, 2009), Shanghai (CHN, 2011), Barcelona (ESP, 2013) and Kazan (RUS, 2015). The next editions will take place in Budapest (HUN, 2017) and Kwangju (KOR, 2019).
Milestones in the history of FINA include the introduction of: World Cups in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming (1979), World Masters Championships (1986), World Swimming Championships in 25m-pool (every two years since 1993), Marathon Swimming World Cup (1994), Diving Grand Prix (1995) and the Super Final of the Diving Grand Prix (1998), World Open Water Swimming Championships (2000), Water Polo World Leagues for men (2002) and for women (2004), World Junior Swimming Championships (2006),Synchronised Swimming World Trophy (2006), Diving World Series (2007), World Water Polo Development Trophy (2007), 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup (2007), Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (2007), World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships (2012) and High Diving World Cup (2014).
FINA and its aquatic disciplines are also one of the pillars of the Olympic Movement and is a valuable contribution to the success of the Games. Swimming has been part of the Olympic programme since 1896, Water Polo became the first team sport in the Games in 1900, and Diving made its appearance in 1904. Eighty years later, in 1984, Synchronised Swimming joined the Olympic “club”, while Marathon Swimming (10km race for men and women) has been included in the Olympic programme since 2008.
FINA’s activities can be summarised as follows:
- Creating global awareness on the importance of physical activity by making Aquatic disciplines attractive.
- Defining rules for the coordinated worldwide development of Swimming, Water Polo, Diving, High Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Masters;
- Ensuring the application of principles for fair play and drug-free sport
- Reinforcing co-operation and mutual support between FINA and its National Member Federations on the five continents
- Encouraging national authorities to make Swimming part of their educational strategy, through a worldwide "Swimming for All, Swimming for Life" programme
- Organising World Championships and other FINA competitions to further promote the image of aquatic disciplines
- Assuring a long-term calendar for its main competitions and strengthening the impact of FINA’s annual events
- Increasing the visibility of the FINA World Masters Championships, by organising them in conjunction with the FINA World Championships
- Creating up-to-date media opportunities and platforms, with the aim of encouraging people to swim
- Raising awareness of environmental sustainability: Water is Our World
The Organising Committee of the 17th FINA World Championships 2017 Budapest-Balatonfüred
President: Miklós Seszták
Co-President: Tamás Gyárfás, Vice President of the International Swimming Federation
Secretary: Éva Szántó, Executive Director of Bp2017 World Championships Organising and Managing Nonprofit LLC
Pintér Sándor, Minister of Interior
Szijjártó Péter, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Varga Mihály, Minister for National Economy
Balog Zoltán, Minister of Human Resources
Tarlós István, Mayor of Budapest, Patron of the Event
Fürjes Balázs, Government Commissioner, responsible for top priority investments in Budapest
Representatives of all political parties with an independent fraction in Parliament
The main task of the Committee is to monitor and to coordinate the preparations and organisation of the WCH, in particular, to initiate the adoption of all necessary measures and to secure the cooperation between the Government, the local governments and the professional sport organisations.
Bp2017 World Championships Organising and Managing Nonprofit LLC
The main task of the 100% state-owned company is to handle all issues during the 2017 World Championships as the working body of the OC (Organising Committee) on organisational, operational and management level. Its executive director is the Secretary of OC; therefore he is the responsible contact person within the OC for FINA on all organisational, operational and management issues.
Name: Bp2017 World Championships Organising and Managing Non-profit LLC
(Short version: Bp2017 Nonprofit LLC)
VAT number: HU25295887
Executive director: Éva Szántó
Address: Budapest Olympic Centre – Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Pool and Tamás Széchy Swimming Pool,
1138 Budapest Hajós Alfréd sétány 1.
E-mail: [email protected]
Bp2017 is in the sole position to sign any agreement, contract concerning the organisation, the operation and the management of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships; as well as bearing sole responsibility for all concerning financial activities. The departments of Bp2017 are active, and the firm is operational.
Download application form: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-application-forms
Choose the Hungarian mission nearest to you: http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade/missions
For further consular info go to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/en
FINA BUDAPEST 2017
General information for entering Hungary
Hungary joined the Schengen Area on 21 December, 2007. Since then visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen Member States are valid for Hungary, and visas/residence permits issued by Hungarian authorities are – as a general rule – also valid for the entire Schengen Area.
Schengen Member States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein.
Where to submit a visa application?
Which of the Hungarian consulates is responsible for issuing a visa?
- Country of legal and habitual residency (the applicant is a citizen of the esteemed country or holds a permit that makes a stay longer than 3 months possible – e.g. permit of residency)
- If the applicant does not have a habitual residence or right for long term stay, but at the moment is a legal resident and has given valid reasons for applying at that consulate. This is not a given, it depends on the consulate’s consideration and must be supported by a good reason.
The stay is legal only if, according to the third country’s law, the applicant is entitled to stay within the consulate’s authorised area for short stay (e.g. with visa) or for longer stay (e.g. with residence permit).
If there is no Hungarian consulate in the applicant’s country of residence then a Member State may represent Hungary regarding the issue of a visa, within the framework of an existing visa representation agreement.
Should there be no Hungarian representation, nor another Member State issuing visas on behalf of Hungary in the country of the applicant’s place of residence, then a visa application can be submitted at any Hungarian Embassy/Consulate General outside the Schengen Area.
Who should submit a visa application?
The application should be submitted personally by the applicant.
- Applications shall be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit.
- The decision about applications must be made within 15 calendar days from the submission. Therefore it is advised to submit the application earlier than 15 calendar days before the planned departure. The consulate does not take any responsibility for delayed submission and for the resulting changes in travel plans.
- That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, and the maximum of 60 calendar days in special cases.
Please check travel documents that are accepted upon entering Hungary on the website of DG HOME, under the link: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/index_en.htm.
Documents needed for visa applications
- Completed visa application form;
- Travel document with at least two empty pages. The issue date on the passport should be within the past 10 years.. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen territory.
- Invitation letter issued by FINA BUDAPEST 2017 OC
- Travel medical insurance (covering emergency medical, hospitalisation and repatriation. The minimum cover should be of 30.000 EUR. This insurance must be valid for the entire Schengen area and throughout the duration of the stay)
- Travel itinerary
- planned accommodation
Please note that THE CONSUL HAS A RIGHT TO REQUEST ANY FURTHER DOCUMENTS
Visa fee: 60 EUR per person, if applicable
- The Hungarian Diplomatic Missions will provide visas free of charge.
- If visa is issued by other Schengen Area Member States the visa fee will be reimbursed (only upon presentation of the receipt and a copy of the visa).
The visa fee is EUR 35 for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:
- Children from the age of six and below the age of 12 years.
- The beneficiary of a visa facilitation agreement (as below).
- Kosovan citizens
If the country of origin and the EU have signed a visa facilitation agreement further exceptions may be given, e.g.: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cape Verde, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova and Georgia. For detailed information concerning these agreements please contact the acting Hungarian foreign representations in the respective countries.
Call centre during the 17th FINA World Championships
Budapest2017 LLC, the company organising and conducting the 17th FINA World Championships and the 17th FINA World Masters Championships, is providing call centre services in order to ensure the smooth running of the event and to address any arising questions or issues.
The call centre with Hungarian and English speaking operators will be available between 29th June and 22nd August.
The call centre will be operated 0-24 between the 6th and 30th of July, outside of these dates it will be available between 6.00 and 22.00
• General information relating to events, transport
• Handling of complaints
• Tourist information
• Ticket information
CALL CENTRE CONTACT NUMBER: +36/1-90-70-500
In the call centre those choosing the emergency call option will receive a message instructing them to dial 112 to reach the emergency line in accordance with National Police Headquarters (ORFK) provisions.
Contact information of the OC:
Telephone number: +36-1-22-00-300
E-mail address: [email protected]
Annex - Visa free entry
Citizens of countries/territories/entities listed in Annex II (“positive list”) of the 539/2001/EC Regulation may travel to Hungary without visa:
• EU-Member States
• Albania (only holders of biometric passports)
• Antigua and Barbuda
• Bosnia and Herzegovina (only holders of biometric passports)
• British overseas territories*: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos Islands
• Brunei Darussalam
• Costa Rica
• former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (only holders of biometric passports)
• Faroe Islands
• Holy See
• Hong Kong (only holders of a “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” passport)
• Macao (only holders of a “Regiao Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport)
• Marshall Islands
• Moldova (only holders of biometric passports)
• Montenegro (only holders of biometric passport)
• New Zealand
• Northern Mariana
• Puerto Rico
• Saint Kitts and Nevis
• Saint Lucia
• Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
• Saint Maarten
• San Marino
• Serbia (only holders of biometric passports)
• Solomon Islands
• South Korea
• Taiwan (only holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number)
• Trinidad and Tobago
• United Arab Emirates
• United States of America
• US Samoa
• US Virgin Islands
*509/2014/EU regulation: 1. British nationals (Overseas); 2. British overseas territories citizens (BOTC); 3. British overseas citizens (BOC); 4. British protected persons (BPP); 5. British subjects (BS) can travel to the EU visa free