Novak Djokovic has been told that his visa has been refused and that he is being flown out of Australia today.
Djokovic’s lawyers are about to contest the decision, two sources familiar with the situation confirmed to this legal notice.
The world’s number 1 entry into Australia has been put on hold in the early hours of the morning amid concerns over evidence of its vaccine waiver as well as a potentially flawed visa application.
The Victorian government claimed it turned down a nightly request to sponsor the world’s number 1 visa hours before it landed in Melbourne around 11:30 p.m.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner, who was granted a waiver to attend this month’s Australian Open, was interviewed by Australian Border Force officials in a room at Melbourne Airport until at least 5 a.m.
A federal government source familiar with the episode said there were question marks as to whether Djokovic had sufficient documentation to prove the reason for his exception. This proof must be presented at the border by unvaccinated persons.
The source said it was not clear whether a COVID-19 infection in the past six months – which is believed to be the reason for the player’s exception – is enough to secure entry into Australia under federal guidelines.
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