Scott Morrison, Australia Prime Minister has said tennis ace Novak Djokovic will be sent back home if he can’t fails to give ‘sufficient’ evidence to support his vaccination exemption from COVID-19 vaccination.
Djokovic has not shared the status of his vaccination yet and with the surge of COVID cases, Australia had made compulsory for all the players taking part in Australian Open.
“My view is that any individual seeking to enter Australia must comply with our border requirements. Now Novak Djokovic, when he arrives in Australia, he has to, if he’s not vaccinated, must provide acceptable proof that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons to be able to access the same travel arrangements as fully-vaccinated travellers,” Morrison told a media conference on Wednesday.
“So we await his presentation and what evidence he provides us to support that. If that evidence is insufficient, then he will be treated no different to anyone else and he’ll be on the next plane home. There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all. None whatsoever,” he added.
Morrison added that any exemption given to Djokovic will still have to stack up upon arrival in Australia.
“There are other cases – there are quite a number over the last couple of years – where people have had these exemptions and have the suitable proof to support their claim in those circumstances. So the circumstance is not unique. The issue is whether he has sufficient evidence to support that he would qualify for the exemption,” the Australian PM said.