Novak Djokovic detained as he awaits visa hearing

By Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Adrienne Vogt, Jessie Yeung and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:36 a.m. ET, January 15, 2022
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A timeline of Novak Djokovic's Australia visa saga

Novak Djokovic's Australian Open participation has provided a tumultuous backdrop to the tournament. The Serbian world No. 1 was detained in Australia last week over a visa and vaccination dispute, and on Tuesday released a lengthy statement addressing his movements in December 2020.

Here is a timeline of some key events:

Jan. 1

  • Djokovic's team submits his travel declaration to the Australian Ministry of Home Affairs, which notifies them that it has been assessed and he is cleared for quarantine-free arrival, according to the affidavit.

Jan. 2

  • According to his affidavit, Djokovic receives a Border Travel Permit by the state government of Victoria, where Australian Open host city Melbourne is located.

Jan. 5

  • Having left Spain the day before, Djokovic arrives in Melbourne close to midnight. His passport is taken and he is escorted to a small room where he is interviewed by border control officers, according to the affidavit.

Jan. 6

  • Djokovic's visa is canceled by the Australian government and he is taken to a temporary detention facility at the Park Hotel in Melbourne, according to the affidavit.
  • In a news conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms and reads out the letter sent on Nov. 29 from Health Minister Greg Hunt to Tennis Australia stating that a Covid-19 infection alone in the past six months does not meet the requirements for quarantine-free entry.

Jan. 10

  • At a hearing, a judge quashes the cancellation of Djokovic's visa and orders his release from detention. But the judge says Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke reserves the right to deport Djokovic.

Jan. 11

  • The Australian Border Force (ABF) is investigating whether Djokovic submitted a false travel declaration ahead of arrival in Australia.

Jan. 12

  • Djokovic says his team has provided additional information to the Australian government to clarify the issue of his travel declaration.
  • However, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials are investigating possible inconsistencies in documents related to Djokovic's December PCR result as well as the tennis player's movements in the days after he tested positive for Covid-19 in Serbia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.