Confirmed! Novak Djokovic Granted Australian Visa
The Australian government confirmed that Novak Djokovic has been granted a visa which will allow him to compete in Australia in January.
A Thursday statement from Minister for Immigration Andre Giles read:
“Following the cancellation of his visa, Mr Djokovic sought revocation of the cancellation decision in accordance with the Migration Act. After considering all relevant factors, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs the Hon Andrew Giles MP decided to revoke the cancellation decision under section 133F(4) of the Migration Act. The power under section 133F(4) may only be exercised by the Minister personally.
“A decision to cancel a visa under section 133C(3) may be revoked if the person satisfies the Minister that the ground for cancelling the visa no longer exists. A decision to revoke a visa cancellation does not mean the original decision to cancel was affected by error.
“Since the cancellation of Mr Djokovic’s visa in January 2022, all COVID-19-related Australian border restrictions under the Biosecurity Act 2015 have been removed, including the requirement to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status to enter Australia.
“Mr Djokovic has subsequently been granted a temporary visa to enter Australia.”
With vaccination status no longer an issue, Djokovic’s 3-year ban for being deported was waved by Giles who was not part of the January circus. A decision by Giles which will come under scrutiny in Australia.
News broke yesterday that Djokovic was cleared for Australia just before the Serb was going to take the court.
Following his semifinal-clinching win, Djokovic talked about the news with Turin reporters on Wednesday.
“I was very happy to receive the news yesterday. Yeah, it was a relief obviously knowing what I and people closest to me in my life have been through this year with what happened in Australia and post Australia obviously. I could not receive better news for sure – during this tournament as well.
“Of course, knowing that I have clarity now, what I do in the off-season, starting the season in Australia, also of course did relieve some of the pressure me and my team felt. Just giving that clarity makes it great for us.”
The 9-time Australian Open champion will likely head into Melbourne as the favorite. And with COVID restrictions easing in general, he could might be able to play a full calendar next year if the U.S. changes policy.
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