Novak Djokovic unable to Enter Australia.

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Novak Djokovic was refused entry by Immigration.

Novak Djokovic, who arrived in Australia without a valid travel exemption, required due to being unvaccinated, refused the option to return on the next flight out.

He was told to leave the country, by Immigration officials, after a 10-hour standoff at a Melbourne airport.

He chose to appeal, so that he could stay in Australia while he appeals. This means, like anyone else, he needed to stay in immigration detention facilities, until a visa decision is finalised.

For Novak, this meant he had to stay at the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne, currently an authorised Immigration hotel.

Djokovic’s father, Srdan Djokovic, during a news conference in Belgrade, stated that Australia is keeping his son in captivity.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says Novak Djokovic is free to leave the country at any time.

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Djokovic’s father also said “This has nothing to do with sports, this is a political agenda. Novak is the best player and the best athlete in the world, but several hundred million people from the West can’t stomach that.”

Why was  Djokovic not allowed to enter Australia?

Novak Djokovic failed to “provide appropriate evidence” of double vaccination or a medical exemption to enter the country.

The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said that Novak Djokovic would be required to present evidence upon arrival that he has a genuine medical exemption from vaccination.

If that evidence is insufficient, then he won’t be treated any different to anyone else. There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all. None whatsoever.

BBC ReportDjokovic has not spoken about his vaccination status, but last year said he was “opposed to vaccination”.

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  2. An immigration official cancelled Djokovic’s subclass 408 visa at Melbourne airport on Thursday 6th January 2022, after he had arrived in Australia.

    This visa was cancelled when Immigration refused to allow him an exemption from the national vaccination rules for all other incoming non-citizens.

    This exemption was originally given to Djokovic by Tennis Australia in Victoria, to permit him to play in the Tennis Open.

    Unfortunately this official did not follow correct procedure and in the court case, following Djokovic’s appeal, the judge restored his visa based on the legal technicalities of these procedural errors.

    Djokovic’s visa issue is still being looked into, as he appears to have lied on his travel declaration by saying that he had not travelled, and would not travel, in the 14 days leading to his arrival in Australia. However he was photographed in both Spain and Serbia during that time.

    The penalty for that offence carries a maximum penalty of 12 months’ prison.

    It is assumed that this next decision will be double checked to ensure that there are no ‘technical errors’ this time.

    A poll on shows that 82% are in favour of cancelling Djokovic’s visa.

    The Serbian prime minister has asked Scott Morrison to ensure that Djokovic is treated with dignity.

    The Serbian Prime Minister has agreed that Djokovic would have “clearly violated the rules” if he attended the tennis event in Serbia while being Covid positive as declared in his reason for being exempted to enter Australia after recovering from Covid.

    Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 on 16 December 2021.

    On 17 December 2021, Djokovic attended a Belgrade Tennis Association event while not wearing a mask. This is an offence in Serbia, if Djokovic knew about the result.

    Djokovic relied on the fact that he had tested positive to Covid-19 on 16 December 2021, as a medical exemption so that he could avoid having to have a vaccination. This was confirmed in court documents.

    On 30 December 2021 the Chief Medical Officer of Tennis Australia granted a “medical exemption from COVID vaccination” on the grounds that he had recently recovered from COVID-19.

  3. Novak Djokovic’s father thinks his rich and famous son has become a “symbol and leader of the free world”.

    He is actually wanting his son to be treated as one of the privileged few, rich and famous, to be allowed to bypass normal rules that apply to the majority of people.

    How many “normal” people have had visas denied, and have not been allowed entry into Australia, or even other countries, because they did not abide by the Immigration department rules?

    Novak, being given permission, using an unverified medical exemption, to play tennis by Tennis Australia, did not mean he could bypass Immigration rules, who actually require a verified medical exemption.

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