Djokovic must obey the rules for going to Spain, the Prime Minister says

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will speak at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olav Schorz (not shown) at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, on January 17, 2022. (SusanaVera / Reuters)

Madrid — Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 men’s tennis player, must follow Spanish health rules in order to be able to travel to Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.

Sanchez answered the question about whether Djokovic would be allowed to enter Spain and compete after deporting him because Australia had not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Athletes who want to compete in the country must follow Spanish health regulations. “

German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz, who visited Spain on Monday and stood by Sanchez at a press conference, also insisted that the different rules of each country must be respected. “No matter who we are, we all have to obey them,” he said.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play the forehand in a practice session prior to the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia on January 14, 2022. (Daniel Pocket / Getty Images)

Djokovic regularly travels to Spain and owns a home in a resort in the southern part of Marbella. He spent several days in late December and early January, and video footage showed him training there.

Spanish rules currently require you to have either a vaccine certificate, a PCR negative test, or a certificate recovered from COVID-19. The country imposes strict quarantine on those who test positive.