Australian Open: Djokovic faces three years of inadmissibility after visa cancellation

The second cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa implies that the latter, who was aiming for a 21e record Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, risks a three-year ban from entering the country, except in certain circumstances.

His visa having been canceled a second time by the Australian authorities, Novak Djokovic is currently prevented from playing the Australian Open 2022. But the No. 1 in men’s world tennis also risks being deprived of the next editions of the tournament. Given the authorities’ decision, the 34-year-old Serb now faces a ban on entering Australia for a period of of three years. Which could potentially make him miss the first big Grand Slam meeting in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

The Migration Act, a legal text in Australia which governs entry and exit , provides that a visa cancellation is accompanied by a three-year inadmissibility. During this period, it is impossible for the sanctioned person to submit a new visa application. Exceptions exist, however, for compelling reasons. A pass may be granted for health reasons, or for example in the event of the death of a family member.

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The government “firmly committed to protecting the borders” in the face of the coronavirus

The second cancellation of the visa of Novak Djokovic, who wanted to take part in the Australian Open without being vaccinated against Covid-19, while the country imposes it on all foreign travelers, was pronounced by Alex Hawke, the Minister of Immigration. This decision was taken “on health and public order bases”, specified the member of the government, “firmly committed to protecting the Australian borders, especially in the context of the Covid-pandemic 21″.

The player’s visa of 34 years had already been canceled for the first time on January 5 when he arrived in Melbourne. Novak Djokovic was then placed in a detention center with a view to his expulsion. The tennis player’s lawyers had however won a resounding victory on 10 January, obtaining from a judge that he restore his visa and orders his immediate release. Since then, the one who is aiming for a 34e record Grand Slam title was training for the tournament, and had to face in the first round his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, 34 world player.