From The Australian…
Cricket Fans Angry At Cup Visa
AUSTRALIAN cricket fans heading to next year’s World Cup are angry over the last-minute introduction of a visa needed to enter the Caribbean island nations of Antigua, Jamaica and Barbados.
Australians heading to the World Cup in March will have to pay $128 each for a visa, netting a bonanza for West Indian coffers, News Limited newspapers report today.
Fans have called it a cash grab and complain that travellers with British, South African, US and Canadian passports are exempt.
It is the first time Australians have needed such a visa…
Even the Sydney-based Trinidad and Tobago consul general Mike Agostini had resigned in anger over the move, the papers said.
… original article (link here)
Yup – it does look like a cash grab to us, and we’d better hope that we grab lots because the economic hangover from Cricket World Cup is going to be with us for years after the last fan heads back to Australia.