Australia cancels Novak Djokovic's visa over COVID vaccine policy
Djokovic had been stuck in an airport due to issues related to his COVID vaccine exemption for the Australian Open."Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia," the border force said.
Arrived in Melbourne Wednesday to participate in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the world number 1 saw its visa be canceled. In question, its vaccination exemption against CVIV-19, invalid according to the Australian authorities. © provided by FranceInfo
arrived and immediately blocked in Australia. The cancellation of the Visa of Novak Djokovic , Wednesday, January 5, seems to be linked to a subtle difference in VVID-19 vaccination rules as it should be involved in the Australian Open (17 January30) or enter the country, and depending on whether we are Australian or foreign.
Since the cancellation of his Australian visa, the Serb is in a Melbourne retention center, a measure that has sparked the fury of his family and his fans. The world number 1 has passed the day of Friday, Orthodox Christmas Day, in a small room with the Park Hotel.
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The protesters numbered about a dozen, and reportedly had an audience only of the police and a reporter.The group stationed itself outside of the facility, which is actually a quarantine hotel in Melbourne in which Djokovic, 34, must remain until his deportation. The protesters reportedly numbered only about one dozen people, and the only reported audience were a few reporters and some police officers standing outside the hotel.
More severe exemption criteria for foreign nationals
It is still difficult to establish exactly what happened , Wednesday night when the 34-year-old presented his passport upon arrival in Melbourne. According to the Australian Government, the "Djoker" papers did not meet the requirements for VVID vaccination. The latter are more severe for foreign nationals entering the country than those imposed on Australians who wish to benefit from a vaccination exemption.
The main difference is that it is possible, in Australia, to benefit from a temporary vaccination exemption by proving to have been contaminated by the coronavirus in the previous six months. But this possibility does not apply to foreigners entering Australia. However, it has not been confirmed that Djokovic has invoked an earlier infection to justify the fact that it has not been fully vaccinated.
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The tennis star's detainment comes as Melbourne, where the Australian Open is held, is experiencing a massive surge in COVID cases.Djokovic, who has denied confirming whether or not he has received the COVID-19 vaccine, was detained by immigration authorities on Thursday. The Serbian tennis player was originally allowed to attend the Australian Open through an exemption given by the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia. However, that exemption and his visa were canceled upon his arrival to the country on Wednesday.
State conditions vs. Conditions of the Tournament
The Australian Tennis Federation, Tennis Australia, and the Government of the State of Victoria have put in place, in some cases, vaccination exemptions to participate in the tournament. According to Tennis Australia, these rules require that any exemption be approved by two committees of medical experts.
But "an exemption granted by the Government of Victoria to play tennis in this state is totally different from any exemption or condition of entry in Australia," said Australian Interior Minister Friday Karen andrews . To enter Australia, she explained, you need a visa but also satisfy the conditions of entry: a negative test and a complete vaccination or medical evidence of contraindication to vaccination.
Comments by Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews Suggest That The Federal Government Could Overturn Djokovic's Exemption to Enter Australia. pic.twitter.com/g355p25avz
Djokovic detention draws focus to Australia's asylum-seekers
SYDNEY (AP) — Novak Djokovic spent a fourth day on Sunday among the unwilling occupants of Melbourne's Park Hotel. The tennis superstar is awaiting court proceedings on Monday that will determine whether he can defend his Australian Open title or whether he will be deported — and the world has shown keen interest in his temporary accommodation. His fellow residents in the immigration detention hotel include refugees and asylum-seekers who are challenging their own proceedings that have all lasted much longer than Djokovic's. So long in some cases they feel forgotten.
- eryk bagshaw (@Erykbagshaw) January 5, 2022
The Tennis Federation Inquiry
from the sources within the government have stated in the ABC channel that Djokovic has given to the agents of the Border police a medical exemption on Tennis Australia header paper, signed by the leader-in-law of the Federation. The latter has been refused, according to them. The government has supported having already warned Tennis Australia on this subject.
In a letter released to the media [in English], the Minister of Health, Greg Hunt, wrote in November to the Director General of Tennis Australia, Craig Tile, to prevent that no vaccination exemption due to recent contamination At COVID-19 would not be awarded to players wishing to enter Australia. "This was stated to Tennis Australia," confirmed Karen Andrews on Friday.
Here's The Letter From @Greghuntmp to Tennis Australia Boss Craig Tilley, Spelling Out That Anyone ( @Djokernole ) WHO Contracted Covid-19 Within The Past Six Months and Had Any doses of a vaccina would not be approved for Quarantine-Free Entry. https://t.co/ayufxaх-$rot.com/69tf6х-$p2Z - Gus Bruno (@ gusbruno7) January 6, 2022 The Federation did not give more details to this subject, but defended the process of granting exemptions. "For tennis players, it's a process that goes further than anyone who comes to Australia could experience," said Craig Tile this week.
Two other players or staff members participating in the Australian Open are also investigated, confirmed the Minister of the Interior. The odds of "Djoker" to obtain a visa and defending his title at the Australian Open now depend on the decision of a Federal Court Judge.
The hearing must be held on Monday
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Three judges who unanimously rejected Novak Djokovic's bid to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open have revealed their reasons for the ruling. © Darko Bandic/AP Novak Djokovic looks as his documents after landing in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Djokovic arrived in the Serbian capital following his deportation from Australia on Sunday after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19.