Immigration New Zealand has offered the visa waiver to football fans from Peru so that they can arrive in New Zealand for the World Cup qualifier to be held next month in Wellington. Marcelle Foley the Immigration New Zealand Area Manager said that visa requirement for the Peru nationals has been waived. They will now not be required to send their passport to the INZ office in Washington for the online processing of visa application, added Foley.
The visa waiver for football fans in Peru will enable them to travel to New Zealand in time for the Football World Cup playoff in November. The streamlined process will be effective for the only the online applications till the day of the match, informed Marcelle Foley.
New Zealand’s visa waiver program does not include Peru, as quoted by the NZ Herald Co NZ. This program enables several nationalities to arrive in New Zealand without the visa application process. It was earlier reported in the media in Peru that football fans will not be in a position to attend the match owing to visa process of New Zealand.
The normal visa process would have taken 20 working days for receiving the visa. This implied Peru fans would have missed the deadline for attending the match on 11 November. Peru marched ahead to the World Cup qualifier with the All Whites after the match which was a tie at 1-1 against Columbia.
Peru will face the All Whites in the home leg of the playoff for the Football World Cup at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on 11 November with the kick-off scheduled at 4:15 pm. The away leg is to be held in Peru’s capital at Estadio National de Lima on 16 November at 3:15 Pm.
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