NZ, Australia Agree 2015 Cricket World Cup Visa

By Dex Tennyson, for 09 September, 2014

New Zealand has agreed to provide a three-month visitor visa to travellers holding most types of Australian visa during a ten-week period around the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

The Trans-Tasman Visa Arrangement will operate from January 26 to April 5, 2015. The extended window for the arrangement means that cricket fans will be able visit New Zealand before or after the official tournament, which will run from February 14 to March 29.

The scheme is available to individuals with Australian tourist visas, and also to people already in Australia on most permanent or temporary visa types. Visitors will still be required to meet health, security, and character requirements to be admitted.

The New Zealand visitor visa will be single-entry, although individuals are allowed to travel back and forth between the two countries during the period, so long as their visa for Australia remains valid. Eligible travelers who return to New Zealand will be given a new visitor visa.

By contrast, holders of New Zealand visas will still need to apply for an Australia visa if they want to travel to Australia during this period.

New Zealand's and Australia's Immigration Ministers, Michael Woodhouse and Michaelia Cash, said the move would substantially benefit the tourism sector in both countries.

Woodhouse said: "We're sending the message to everyone coming for the Cricket World Cup that the only barrier between you and a fantastic New Zealand experience is your plane ticket."

The Arrangement was praised by John Harnden, the Chief Executive of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Local Organizing Committee. Harden observed: "We have made sure the event is affordable and with this new visa process it will now be even easier for fans from around the world to follow their teams and experience the many tourist offerings in both countries."

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