Melbourne, Sep 3: There is good news for fans travelling to Australia and New Zealand to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 next year. You will only need to apply for one visa under a new Trans-Tasman visa agreement.
People visiting Australia and New Zealand for the World Cup 2015 will only need to apply for one visa under a new Trans-Tasman visa arrangement, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash said today in a media release issued by ICC said on Wednesday.
World Cup will be held from 14 February to 29 March 2015, with all 14 qualifying teams to play matches in both Australia and New Zealand.
Minister Cash said between 26 January and 5 April 2015, New Zealand will grant a visa on arrival to visitors who already hold an Australian visa.
"This new visa arrangement will change the visa process for participants and spectators of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 by only requiring them to apply for one visa in order to follow their teams to both countries," Cash said.
"The new arrangement will substantially benefit the tourism sector in both countries. New Zealand will grant a visa on arrival to people holding almost any type of Australian visa, which means not only international tourists will benefit, but people already in Australia on most permanent or temporary visa types as well," he added.
Chief Executive of the World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee, John Harnden, welcomed the support from the Australian and New Zealand Governments.
"This is a real coup for fans travelling to Australia and New Zealand to witness the world's best players compete in the biggest sporting event of 2015," Harnden said.
International visitors will still be required to meet the respective health, security and character requirements of both countries and each country will retain the right to refuse entry if a visitor does not meet these requirements.
Further information on the arrangement and the Australian visas included in it is available at www.immi.gov.au/cwc