Novak Djokovic ordered to be released from detention hotel as court quashes visa decision


Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has had his Australian visa reinstated: (Picture: AP/PAwire/Getty)

The Australian government’s decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa has been sensationally overturned, a court has heard.

Judge Anthony Kelly found unreasonableness in how the border official made his decision cancelling the visa.

However, it remains to be seen if Djokovic will still be deported ahead of the Australian Open due to begin on January 17.

It means the visa he came to Australia on on Wednesday evening still stands and he will be released from the Park Hotel and get his passport and other personal effects back.

The main reason for the decision to be overturned comes down to the Serb not being given enough time after notifying him of the intent to cancel his visa to speak to others and respond fully at Melbourne airport.

However, his place at the Australian Open doesn’t appear fully confirmed yet with immigration minister, Alex Hawke, still able to personally intervene and decide to cancel his visa anyway on entirely new grounds.

We could end up back in court once again if that happens and Djokovic could then face being banned from Australia for three years if the minister decides to cancel the visa.


Djokovic has been detained at an immigration facility in Melbourne since Thursday morning after his visa was cancelled following scrutiny of the medical exemption for the Covid vaccine he had attained ahead of defending his title at the first Grand Slam of the year.

A lengthy court hearing on Monday. which was plagued by technical issues saw Djokovic’s lawyers present their case to the Federal Circuit Court as they explained how Djokovic was ‘utterly confused’ by the situation because he had done everything that was asked of him.

The government’s lawyers were set to put forward their case after lunch but after a lengthy adjournment, they returned and Judge Kelly had decided to quash the visa cancelation.

Djokovic tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16 and has never publicly revealed his vaccination status that has caused uproar given it’s a requirement players at the Australian Open are vaccinated.

The 34-year-old has won the Grand Slam a record nine times and looks set to go in search of a record 21st career Grand Slam.

More to follow.

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