World No.1 Novak Djokovic revealed on Instagram on Tuesday that he has been granted a vaccine exemption for travel; The Australian Open said his medical exemption passed a “rigorous, multi-stage” review; Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there would be “no special rules for Djokovic”; Melbourne visa problems are delaying things
Last update: 01/05/22 2:49 p.m.
Novak Djokovic’s entry into Australia on a vaccine exemption has been delayed due to issues with the visa he and his team submitted.
After landing in Melbourne, the 20-time Grand Slam winner reportedly attempted to enter the country on a visa that does not allow medical exemptions for non-vaccination, and when the Border Force contacted government officials in Victoria to sponsor the visa, they refused to do so. so.
The Serb arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday evening local time but encountered problems at the border, with acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford confirming that the state government was not backing his visa application to participate in the Open from Australia.
She tweeted: “The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter Australia.
“We will not be providing Novak Djokovic with individual assistance with visa applications to participate in the 2022 Grand Slam Australian Open.
“We have always been clear on two points: visa approvals are the responsibility of the federal government and medical exemptions are the responsibility of physicians.”
Decision to give Djokovic an exemption to play at Australian Open has been criticized
On Tuesday, the 34-year-old Serb revealed he had an “exemption permit” to travel and play at the Australian Open without a Covid-19 vaccination.
Djokovic never disclosed if he was vaccinated against Covid-19, but criticized warrants stating that players must be double-bitten.
The response to Tuesday’s confirmation of the exemption was strongly negative, both in Australia and globally, and eventually saw Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirm that Djokovic would be “on the next plane home” if his evidence of a Covid-19 vaccination exemption playing at the Australian Open is not satisfactory.
“There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic, none at all,” Prime Minister Morrison said.
“He has to do this because if he is not vaccinated he has to provide acceptable proof that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and to be able to access the same travel arrangements as fully vaccinated travelers.”
Rules for Victoria, where the Australian Open kicks off on January 17, stipulated that players must be doubly vaccinated against Covid-19.
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