Now it’s official: Novak Djokovic is not allowed to enter Australia. The Serbian does not have the necessary visa.
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has been turned away when trying to enter Australia. Australian border guards announced. “Non-citizens who do not have a valid visa at entry or whose visa has been canceled will be detained and expelled from Australia,” the letter said.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed Thursday morning (local time) that “Novak Djokovic’s visa has been revoked”. After the Serb had to spend the night at the airport, he was taken to a quarantined and monitored hotel, where he will stay until his departure.
Djokovic’s lawyer appeals
The newspaper said that Djokovic will leave by plane on Thursday, but his lawyers did so Age File the appeal. The Australian News Agency reported that despite a previously – and highly controversial – medical exemption, Australian border guards have banned entry into the world’s No. 1 world. AAP. A statement from the Border Protection Authority said Djokovic did not provide any adequate evidence to meet the entry requirements, so the visa “was subsequently cancelled.”
Both presidents enter
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had previously reported the issue with few diplomatic words while Djokovic was still up in the air. The player was asked to demonstrate that the exemption for entry without vaccination was justified. Otherwise, he will be deported “by the first plane”. There will be no special treatment for Djokovic, not the youngest,” Morrison said.
A little later, the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic also intervened. “I had a phone conversation with Novak and told him that all of Serbia is with him,” Vucic wrote on Instagram on Wednesday evening. “Our authorities will take all measures to stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world in the shortest possible time,” he added. According to all the rules of international law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic for justice and truth.”
Morrison responded to this with the words: “If you don’t follow the rules, the Border Patrol will do their job – and they have done their job.” The intervention of the Serbian Embassy in Australia does not change that. “Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders,” Morrison wrote on Twitter. “No one stands above these rules.”
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