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2006-12-18 22:12 - Sporting Contacts With Fiji - Government ban
Posted by Brillmartmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZHon Trevor Mallard, Minister for Sport and Recreation, has advised our Association by memo, the details of the Government decision to decline to issue visas for certain forms of sporting contact with teams and individuals from Fiji.

In essence "All sports people who are representing Fiji or Fiji national or club teams for sport will be prevented from entering New Zealand for the purposes of sport".

Notwithstanding the above "where New Zealand is hosting a regional or international tournament that obliges New Zealand to accept participants  from Fiji, they will be allowed to enter New Zealand if they meet regular immigration requirements. However, if any of the participants, officials or supporters are subjects of the government ban on the miltary and any coup associates, these individuals will not be permited to enter New Zealand."

The Government will not prevent New Zealand sports people traveling to Fiji.

The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has recommended against non-essential travel to Fiji. Up-to-date travel and security advice  regarding the situation in Fiji can be accessed on the MFAT web site at http://www.safetravel.govt.nz

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