Visitors to Australia and New Zealand during the 2015 Cricket World Cup will only need a single visa to enter both countries.
Australia’s Deputy Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, made the announcement about the Trans-Tasman agreement this week.
The ICC Cricket 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 that 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,” she added.
Chief Executive of the Cricket 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.
To qualify for a visa, international visitors would still be required to meet the respective requirements for the issuing of an Australian visa. This includes health, security and character requirements of both countries and each country.
Both countries will retain the individual right to refuse entry if a visitor does not meet these requirements.
TOP IMAGE: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar pose with the Cricket World Cup trophy at an event in Mumbai on September 4, 2014. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)