Australia: Djokovic’s entry delayed over vaccination status, visa row

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic’s entry to Australia has been delayed over an issue with his visa. The player arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, where authorities noticed that his team had made a mistake on his application. Djokovic is due to play in the Australian Open, after being exempted from vaccination rules. But his team had not requested a visa that permits medical exemptions for being unvaccinated. … Djokovic arrived in Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport on Wednesday and is awaiting a decision. He has not spoken about his vaccination status, but last year he said he was ‘opposed to vaccination.’ The country’s border force had sought clarification from the Victorian state government about his visa application, the Melbourne-based Age newspaper reports. But state government Minister Jaala Pulford tweeted that his application would not be supported.” (01/05/22)