Novak Djokovic receives massive Australian Open boost as vaccination requirement is dropped
Novak Djokovic has been given a massive Australian Open boost with the government dropping the vaccination requirement to enter the country.
Djokovic was prevented from playing the Australian Open this year as he was deported over issues arising from him not being vaccinated against Covid-19.
That ay cause complications in the future, with a three-year ineligibility from being issued a visa accompanying a deportation order.
However, if he can overcome that, he will not be free to travel to Australia again.
Home affairs minister, Clare O’Neil, said:: “This is great news for families coming home from school holidays who now don’t need to use the DPD (digital passenger declaration).
“As more and more of us travel internationally and we get more confident in managing our risk of Covid, our airports are getting busier.
“Removing these requirements will not only reduce delays in our airports but will encourage more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as a destination.”
Novak Djokovic was ultimately deported on the executive authority of the immigration minister this year, although there has been a change in government since.
“The Australian government makes decisions on Covid-related issues after considering the latest medical advice,” health minister Mark Butler said.
“The chief medical officer has advised it is no longer necessary for travellers to declare their vaccine status as part of our management of Covid.”
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