I will be traveling to New Zealand and Australia with a cruise ship. Do I need an Australian entry visa and New Zealand entry visa if I already have a UK multiple entry visa?

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    Australia gained independence of the United Kingdom 117 years ago. Just FYI.
    – user4188
    Nov 11, 2017 at 13:37
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    What passport do you have?
    – user16259
    Nov 11, 2017 at 15:26
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    Depending on what exactly you count as determining "independence", dates as late as 1986 could be argued for. But both Australia and New Zealand are certainly separate countries today, and run their own visa regimes. Nov 11, 2017 at 16:32
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    @PeterM The Queen is the regent of Australia independently of her role as regent of the UK. The same applies to Canada. The UK government has absolutely no control, theoretical or otherwise, over the government of either country, except through the use of its military. Nov 12, 2017 at 5:02
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    @PeterM The governor general represents the Queen of Australia, not the Queen of the United Kingdom. If the United Kingdom abolished its monarchy, Australia could retain its monarchy.
    – phoog
    Nov 12, 2017 at 16:22

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A UK visa is not valid outside the UK, so yes, you will need visas for both Australia and New Zealand if you plan on disembarking the cruise ship.

Australia, in particular, requires basically everybody except Kiwis to get visas, although for most visitors they can easily by obtained online. New Zealand's visa policy is somewhat more liberal.

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    Also note in very broad and generic terms that while some residency/long-term visas might allow you to skip a short term visa (especially transit visas) elsewhere, I never heard of an independent country accepting another's visitor visa.
    – user4188
    Nov 12, 2017 at 0:36
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    @chx El Salvador allows visa-free entry to Dominican citizens holding US, Canadian or Schengen visas but otherwise requires a visa. As I recall, quite a few Central American and Caribbean countries allow US/Canadian/Schengen visa holders to enter without getting another visa Nov 12, 2017 at 2:46
  • In general true but some UK visitor visas are recognised in Ireland, and vice versa, for Indian and Chinese citizens.
    – Ivan McA
    Dec 18, 2017 at 12:15

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