Novak Djokovic has been denied entry into Australia after obtaining the incorrect visa ahead of the Australian Open later this month.
The tennis star landed in Australia on Wednesday afternoon amid a furious backlash at the decision from Open officials to grant him a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, upon his arrival, Djokovic was unable to proceed through passport control as a member of his support team had requested the incorrect visa for people who are exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “Mr. Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules.”
Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 5, 2022
At the moment, Djokovic is being held at one of Melbourne’s quarantine hotels until a flight can be arranged to deport him back to Europe.