Novak Djokovic was Stuck in a Visa Mismanage Upon his Arrival in Melbourne
By TOI Team January 5, 2022 Update on : January 5, 2022
The entry of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic into Australia was halted early Thursday morning owing to concerns about the proof supporting his vaccination exemption, as well as a potentially incorrect visa application.
According to Australian media, the 20-time Grand Slam winner flew to Australia on a visa that does not enable medical exemptions for not getting vaccinated.
It is known that the sort of visa his team requested does not enable medical exemptions for the unvaccinated and that there are also concerns with the exemption itself, which led to the star being questioned by border authorities.
His father, Srdjan, told a Serbian radio station that his son was ‘contained in a room’ at the airport, with no access to his support team and no access to a cell phone, and that he was under ‘police protection.’
In the approximately 24 hours since Djokovic announced his trip to Australia, Australian Open organizers have defended themselves against an angry local reaction, and the Prime Minister has told the star that he would be “on the next aircraft home” if his excuses do not match up.
Djokovic has not disclosed his vaccination status, but stated in April of last year that he was “against immunization.”
As per Tennis Australia, the waiver was approved after a “strict assessment procedure involving two different autonomous committees of health experts.” You can also read more about Omicron Strain.
Djokovic was one of 26 candidates who asked for a medical exemption, according to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley, at a news conference this morning.
“The procedure seems to have been extremely transparent, and we absolutely understand and sympathize with some individuals being concerned that Djokovic has come in due of his previous views against immunization,” he added.