Acting Australian Border Force Commissioner examining ‘issue’ relating to Novak Djokovic’s Australian Travel Declaration

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The Acting Australian Border Force Commissioner is examining an “issue” that has arisen with Novak Djokovic’s Australian Travel Declaration for the Australian Open.

The news came as federal Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews released a statement saying that while the Victorian government and Tennis Australia might permit a non-vaccinated player to compete in the Australian Open, the Commonwealth government would enforce requirements at the Australian border.

“No individual competing at the Australian Open will be afforded any special treatment,” the statement said.

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“Quarantine requirements for international arrivals in Victoria, including for non-vaccinated individuals, are a matter for the Victorian Government.”

No details have been released about the nature of the issue with Djokovic’s declaration.

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Yesterday the Serbian tennis world number one announced that he was on his way to Australia after receiving a medical exemption from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Djokovic, who had declined to reveal his COVID-19 vaccination status, said previously that he was unsure whether he would compete at the grand slam event due to concerns over Australia’s quarantine rules.

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said the blind application process for vaccination exemptions meant Djokovic was not given special treatment.

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