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Visitors to Oz and NZ for Cricket World Cup will need just one visa

by Ray Clancy on September 8, 2014

People visiting Australia and New Zealand for the 2015 Cricket World Cup will only need to apply for one visa under a new arrangement, it has been confirmed.

The International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup will take place from 14 February to 29 March 2015, with all 14 qualifying teams to play matches in both Australia and New Zealand.

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The International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup will take place from 14 February to 29 March 2015

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said that between 26 January and 05 April 2015, New Zealand will grant a visa on arrival to visitors who already hold an Australian visa.

‘Australia and New Zealand look forward to welcoming the international cricketing community next year and to showcasing both countries to the world. This new arrangement will change the visa process for participants and spectators of the Cricket World Cup by only requiring them to apply for one visa in order to follow their teams to both countries,’ explained Cash.

‘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.

John Harnded, chief executive of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 local organising committee, 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. 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,’ he 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.

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