Novak Djokovic in trouble with third country after not having exemption to travel to Spain


Bombshell in Novak Djokovic case as tennis superstar faces trouble with a THIRD country over his actions before he arrived in Australia

  • Djokovic reportedly did not have permission to enter Spain unvaccinated
  • Spanish authorities are looking into his travel before he flew to Australia
  • Australian government expected to announce today if Djokovic will be deported
  • Discrepancies about his whereabouts before landing in Victoria were unveiled


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Novak Djokovic is now under investigation by three countries regarding his actions before flying into Melbourne for the Australian Open.

The Spanish government is now reportedly looking into whether the Serbian tennis star entered the country illegally before flying to Australia.

Djokovic travelled to Marbella in Spain on December 31 with the Tennis Head website reporting he was still training in the Spanish city as of January 4 before flying to Australia the following day.

Police and immigrations authorities are investigating Djokovic as it’s understood he did not request special permission from the Spanish Embassy or Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enter the country unvaccinated.

Serbians as of September last year must show proof of vaccination or an exemption to enter Spanish territory but authorities claim the world No.1 didn’t provide either of these.

With Djokovic already in hot water in Australia over his visa debacle and Serbia after he admitted he did not immediately isolate after catching Covid-19, Spain is the third government to investigate the world’s best tennis player. 

The Spanish government is now reportedly looking into whether the Serbian tennis star entered the country illegally before flying to Australia

The Spanish government is now reportedly looking into whether the Serbian tennis star entered the country illegally before flying to Australia

The Spanish government is now reportedly looking into whether the Serbian tennis star entered the country illegally before flying to Australia

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said on Tuesday that he didn’t have any record of Djokovic travelling to Spain before heading to Australia. 

‘I have no record of this presence of Djokovic,’ he said.

‘We have not been contacted by the Australian government to request such documentation.’

Djokovic may be off the hook if he’s considered a resident of Spain, having bought a house in Marbella in 2020. 

The athlete on his visa declaration form into Australia said he hadn’t travelled to any other countries in the 14 days prior to arrival in Melbourne, before saying the mistake was ‘human error’. 

‘This was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia,’ Djokovic continued.

The Australian government is expected to make an announcement on Thursday if Djokovic will be deported

The Australian government is expected to make an announcement on Thursday if Djokovic will be deported

The Australian government is expected to make an announcement on Thursday if Djokovic will be deported

THE THREE ‘INCONSISTENCIES’ IN NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S STORY

1. WHEN DID THE WORLD NO. 1 FIND OUT HE WAS POSITIVE? AND WAS HIS COVID TEST MANIPULATED? 

There are serious questions about when the anti-vaxxer learned of his positive Covid test. A sworn affidavit to the Federal Circuit Court claimed the tennis star was ‘tested and diagnosed’ for Covid on December 16.

This contradicts his Instagram statement on Wednesday, after pictures emerged of the Serbian star at an event in Belgrade on December 17 presenting awards to children without a mask.

He said he only learned of his positive test shortly after the meet and greet.

Djokovic was told he could fly into Melbourne on the basis he tested positive to the virus in Serbia on December 16 and then negative six days later.

But German publication Der Spiegel claims when its reporter entered the QR code for his December 16 test into the official Serbian health database at 1.19pm on Monday, the result came back negative.

An hour later at 2.33pm, the scan returned a positive result – in what could simply be a quirk of the system.

A negative result would have invalidated Djokovic’s claim to enter Australia on a temporary working visa for the tournament.

2. DJOKOVIC BREACHED COVID ISOLATION RULES IN SERBIA 

The 34-year-old disclosed he had attended an event with children while he was Covid positive, but claimed he didn’t know he was infected until afterwards.

He had taken a PCR test the day before and was awaiting results, but said he tested negative to a rapid antigen test so went along.

Djokovic has been the subject of intense scrutiny for presenting awards to kids at an event in Belgrade on December 17 – a day after recording a positive result for the virus.

The Serbian maintained he was not aware of his diagnosis until shortly after but did admit to conducting an in-person interview with French newspaper L’Équipe knowing he was positive.

He called his decision to go ahead with the Q and A an ‘error in judgement’ but said he maintained social distancing and wore a mask.

Under Serbian law, where anyone Covid positive must isolate for 14 days, such a breach can carry a maximum sentence of three years behind bars. 

3. THE TENNIS STAR PROVIDED FALSE INFORMATION ON HIS DECLARATION FORM AND TO THE COURT 

Djokovic is alleged to have written incorrect information on his landing card telling Border Force he had not travelled in the past 14 days despite visiting Spain.

He later said this was an administrative mistake make by his agent, who ‘ticked the incorrect box’. 

He also declared he was ‘tested and diagnosed’ for Covid on December 16 in a court document but now says he learnt of his positive test on December 17.

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‘This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur. Today, my team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify this ‘matter.’  

Due to the inconsistencies with his evidence, Djokovic could be facing deportation from Australia as early as Thursday.

The Federal Government is expected to announce on Thursday whether it will launch a renewed bid to deport the winner of 20 Grand Slams. Of most concern to Australian officials is Djokovic’s admitted breach of Serbia’s isolation rules after learning he had tested positive.

Djokovic on Wednesday admitted to doing an interview and photo shoot with a French newspaper on December 18 despite having tested positive to Covid two days earlier. 

Lingering mystery also surrounds when Djokovic actually learned he had Covid with a German publication sowing doubt on the timing of his PCR test after QR Code information was uncovered that ‘did not match up’.

JANUARY 5, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic stands at a booth of the Australian Border Force at the airport in Melbourne on January 5 after arriving from Spain, via Dubai

JANUARY 5, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic stands at a booth of the Australian Border Force at the airport in Melbourne on January 5 after arriving from Spain, via Dubai

JANUARY 5, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic stands at a booth of the Australian Border Force at the airport in Melbourne on January 5 after arriving from Spain, via Dubai

While this could be a quirk of Serbia’s reporting system, it has cast doubts on Djokovic’s claims he tested positive on December 16.

The 34-year-old disclosed he had attended an event with children in Belgrade the next day while he was Covid positive, but said he didn’t know he was infected until afterwards. 

Discrepancies emerged after Djokovic issued a lengthy Instagram statement on Wednesday to clarify ‘misinformation’ about his movements while positive with Covid last month.

‘I want to address the continuing misinformation about my activities and attendance at events in December in the lead-up to my positive Covid test result,’ it began.

‘I want to emphasise that I have tried very hard to ensure the safety of everyone and my compliance with testing obligations.’

He admitted doing a interview and photo shoot L’Equipe while infected with Covid-10 as it was a long standing commitment.

‘I cancelled all other events except for the L’Equipe interview,’ Djokovic said.

‘I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Équipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was taken.’ 

He also addressed the ‘human errors’ on his travel declaration which failed to declare that he had visited Spain in the past 14 days.

‘This was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia,’ Djokovic continued.

‘This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur. Today, my team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify this ‘matter.’ 

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