Practical info/FAQ

What is the Budapest Water Summit 2016?

Following the success of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, Hungary is hosting again a high-profile conference and expo, the Budapest Water Summit 2016. The aim of the summit is to promote the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal and all related targets on water and sanitation, as well as to achieve progress on the implementation of the water-related aspects in the Paris Climate Agreement. The Budapest Water Summit 2016, with the motto „Water connects”, is under the patronage of H.E. Mr János Áder, President of Hungary and Member of the High Level Panel on Water convened by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank Group.

Who organises the Budapest Water Summit 2016?

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 is organised by the Government of Hungary in cooperation with the World Water Council (WWC). The preparatory work is coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Religious places in Budapest

The organisers of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 are convinced of the need to respect each other and our different religious beliefs. Therefore, in the spirit of our convictions, we hereby would like to call your attention to the diverse sacred places where you may exercise your religious freedom.

Roman Catholic churches
Heart of Jesus Church, Városmajor: 1122 Budapest, 5. Csaba Street
St Stephen’s Basilica: 1051 Budapest, 1 Szent István Square
Matthias Church: 1014 Budapest, 2 Szentháromság Square

Greek Catholic churches
Greek Catholic Church of Budapest: 1074 Budapest, 10 Rózsák Square
Greek Catholic Church of St. Florian, Buda: 1027 Budapest, 88 Fő Street

Orthodox churches
Hungarian Orthodox Church of Our Lady: 1052 Budapest, 2 Petőfi Street
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church: 1052 Budapest, 2 Petőfi Square

Evangelical churches
Lutheran Church of Budavár: 1014 Budapest, 28 Táncsics Mihály Street
Evangelical Church of Deák Square: 1052 Budapest, 4 Deák Ferenc Square

Calvinist churches
Calvinist Church of Buda, Szilágyi Dezső Square: 1011 Budapest, 3 Szilágyi Dezső Square
Óbuda Calvinist Church: 1036 Budapest, 4 Kálvin Alley

Jewish synagogue
Dohany Street Great Synagogue: 1074 Budapest, 2 Dohány Street

Islamic religious place
Center of Hungarian Muslims: 1119 Budapest, 41 Fehérvári Street
Dar Al Salam mosque: 1114 Budapest, 29 Bartók Béla Street

Buddhist sacred place
Mantra Buddhist Center of Hungary: 1046 Budapest, 7 Szent László Square

Jehova’s Witnesses church
Kingdom Hall: 1164 Budapest, 15 Szabó Street
Jehova’s Witnesses Office in Hungary: 1163 Budapest, 1 Kövirózsa Street

When and where will the Summit take place?

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 – including the parallel Thematic Forums and the Expo – will be held between 28 and 30 November 2016 in Budapest, at Millenáris Park.

The Inauguration Session of the BWS 2016 – as opposed to the previously indicated 10.00 a.m. - will begin a half-hour earlier at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, the 28th of November.

We would kindly bring to your attention that the Inauguration Session is a closed event. Those of our guests who have not received a separate, personal invitation will have the opportunity to follow the closed session on large screens in the rooms hosting the thematic Forums.

Venue of the Summit:

H-1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 16–20.

How can I register and participate in the Summit?

The organisers expect up to 1200 participants from all over the world to the Budapest Water Summit 2016. No registration fee is charged, but participation is by invitation only. Governments, UN bodies as well as other relevant internal and international organisations, international financial institutions, scientists and business associations, the civil society and the private sector will be invited to the Plenary Sessions of the Summit.  

As for the forums organised parallel with the plenary sessions, the representatives of the scientific and technology community, civil society, youth and women’s organisations will debate the same issues as the plenary. The organisers of each Forum are responsible for the invitation, application and selection of Forum participants.  

The organisers of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 provide a link for online registration for invited participants. Participation at the Summit is only possible after the applicant receives confirmation of the registration. 
For further information on application, please see the page Participation.

When can I register for the Summit?

The registration for invited participants is open until 31 October, 2016.

Do I need a visa to enter Hungary?

You are kindly requested to read the following information on whether you need a visa for entering the Schengen area (including Hungary). In case you need a visa, you can find detailed information below: 


General information for entering Hungary

Hungary joined the Schengen Area on December 21, 2007. From that time visas and residence permits issued by one of the Member States are valid also for Hungary, and visas/residence permits issued by Hungarian authorities are as a general rule also valid for the entire Schengen Area.

Holders of passports issued by the countries, entities or territories listed on the following website are granted, under bilateral agreements, visa-free travel to Hungary:

Hungary issues visas in 89 countries, while in 67 countries Hungary is represented by other Member States for issuing visas.


Where to submit a visa application?

Uniform visa applications have to be submitted at the representation of Hungary in your country or at the Consulate/Embassy representing Hungary on visa issuance.


Which of the Hungarian consulates are responsible for issuing visa?

where the applicants resides legally and has a habitual residence (the applicant is a citizen of the esteemed country or holds a permit that makes a stay longer than 3 months possible – e.g. residence permit)
the applicant does not have a habitual residence or right for long term stay but at the moment stays legally there and gave reasons for applying at that consulate. This is not a personal right, it depends on the consulate’s consideration and can only happen for an extremely good cause.

The stay is legal if, according to the third-countries law, the applicant is entitled to stay within the consulate’s authorized area for short stay (e.g. with a visa) or for longer stay (e.g. with residence permit).

If there is no Hungarian consulate in the country where the applicant has his/her habitual residence, a Schengen Member State may represent Hungary regarding visa issuance, in the framework of an existing visa representation agreement.

Visas are issued on behalf of Hungary by other Schengen Member States in accordance with visa representation agreements in countries listed on the website at:


Who can submit a visa application?

The application should be submitted personally by the applicant (fingerprints will be collected when you submit your application /exemptions exist for specific categories of applicants).


Important information

1. Application shall be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit.

2. The decision about the admissible applications as a main rule must be made within 15 calendar days counted 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 therefore failed travels.

3. The period of examining a visa application may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, and exceptionally up to a maximum of 60 calendar days in special cases.


Documents needed upon visa applications:

1. Completed visa application form;

2. Travel document with at least two empty pages. The passport should have been issued within the last 10 years.  The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen territory.

3. Confirmed registration (printed)

4. Travel medical insurance (covering emergency medical, hospitalization 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)

5. Travel itinerary and hotel reservation

6. Visa fee (60 EUR), if applicable

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, FYROM, Montenegro, Moldova and Georgia. For detailed information concerning these agreements, please contact the competent Hungarian foreign representations in the respective countries. For detailed information concerning these agreements please contact the competent Hungarian foreign representations in the respective countries.

Are there any recommended hotels near the Summit venue?

The list of the recommended hotels for BWS 2016 participants can be reached:

1. Summary table
2. Detailed description of hotels

This link will navigate you to the 3, 4 and 5-star hotels with special rates for BWS 2016 participants and the estimated distances from the conference venue are also indicated. Please note that some hotels have provided promotion codes to be used when booking your room.

What is the programme of the Summit?

The main events of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 are the thematic plenary sessions with high level speakers discussing the issues concerning the implementation of the sustainable development goals related to water (SDG6).

The topics are discussed in the framework of the five thematic plenary Summit sessions. Each thematic session will be introduced by three keynote speeches to be delivered by the representative of a developing country, a developed country and an international organisation or NGO, respectively. Keynote addresses will be followed by moderated Davos-style discussions by a series of distinguished panellists, selected with a view to ensure a proper geographical and gender balance. 

The conclusion of each thematic session will be summarized by a rapporteur, who will present the relevant findings to the closing plenary session. The closing joint plenary will adopt the statement.

In addition to the plenary sessions, parallel stakeholder meetings will be held, namely
-    the Science-Technology Forum
-    the Youth Forum
-    the Civil Society Forum
-    the Women’s Forum and
-    the Sustainable Water Solutions Expo. 

The Forums are invited to provide written contributions to the Budapest Statement. Subsequently, the participants of the event will set down their solution proposals for the relevant international forums by discussing and adopting the „Budapest Declaration 2016”.

Programme of the Budapest Water Summit 2016


What outcome do we expect from the Summit?

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will be the first global conference that can summarize the results („stock-taking”) achieved since the sustainable development water goal has been adopted and, in addition, can contribute to setting out tasks for the following 15 years. Participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 will lay down their proposed solutions for the relevant international bodies by adopting the „Budapest Statement 2016”.

What are the Thematic Forums?

The Summit will be accompanied by parallel events including Civil, Youth, Women’s and Science-Technology Forums, where the topics of the Plenary sessions will be further discussed. Positions and summaries will then be channelled into the process of the Plenary Session. Subsequently, the participants of the event will set down their solution proposals for the relevant international forums by discussing and adopting the „Budapest Statement 2016”.

How to reach Downtown Budapest?

From the airport to the city

Airport shuttle 
MiniBUD is the official airport shuttle service provider for Budapest Airport. 

For more information, please visit:


We advise you use the official partner of the airport upon arrival.
For more details, please visit:

Public transport

To reach your destination from the Liszt Ferenc International Airport by public transport, visit the following website:

Reimbursement of Travel and Accomodation expenses

Travel and accomodation expenses shall not be reimbursed by the organisers.

I did not get answers to my question – To whom should I address my letter?

The Secretary of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 takes place in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.