“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.”

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It comes after Australian Border Force officials cancelled Djokovic’s visa for a first time for entering the country while unvaccinated. That cancellation was later quashed by the Federal Court on Monday. 

The decision, under section 133(3) of the Migration Act, means Djokovic will not be able to be granted a visa while offshore for three years, except in compelling circumstances that affect the interests of Australia or of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. 

Djokovic’s lawyers, who are likely to challenge the latest cancellation in court, have provided lengthy submissions and supporting documentation to the minister.

The continuation of legal proceedings was mentioned by Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said: “I note the Minister for Immigration’s decision in relation to Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa.

“I understand that following careful consideration, action has been taken by the Minister to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa held on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.

“This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.”

He added that Australians had made “many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected”.

“This is what the Minister is doing in taking this action today. 

“Our strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, prior to COVID and now during the pandemic. 

“Due to the expected ongoing legal proceedings, I will be not be providing any further comment.”

Officials looked into potential discrepancies on Djokovic’s declaration form, which stated he did not travel out of the country in the two weeks before his flight to Australia.

However, Djokovic was filmed playing tennis in the streets of Belgrade in Serbia on Christmas Day and training in Spain on 31 December, both within the 14-day window.

Posting on Instagram on Wednesday, Djokovic said the mistake on his immigration form about travel prior to arriving for the Open was an “administrative error”.

The Australian Open begins on Monday. 

 



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