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Djokovic has a diplomatic passport that should guarantee 'adequate' treatment

  • Serbian embassy said Djokovic holds a standard passport and a diplomatic one

  • However migration expert said 34-year-old should not expect special treatment

  • Department of Foreign Affairs said diplomatic passports do not confer privileges

  • By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia

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    Novak Djokovic has a special diplomatic passport that should guarantee he is treated 'adequately' by Australian border officials, Serbian officials argue.

    Serbia's Australian embassy confirmed on Friday that Djokovic holds both a standard and diplomatic passport that he received after contributing to his country's 2011 Davis Cup championship win.

    The embassy claims the passport should ensure the 34-year-old receives 'adequate treatment' when crossing borders around the world. 

    But a migration expert said Djokovic should not expect his diplomatic passport to confer on him any special rights when deciding whether or not to cancel his visa - a decision that is still outstanding from Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.  

    Novak Djokovic pictured with his wife Jelena. Serbian officials said he has a special diplomatic passport that should guarantee he is treated 'adequately' by Australian border officials

    Novak Djokovic pictured with his wife Jelena. Serbian officials said he has a special diplomatic passport that should guarantee he is treated 'adequately' by Australian border officials

    The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also explicitly states on its website that diplomatic passport holders do not have any special rights or privileges. 

    Macpherson Kelley lawyer Kian Bone said the passport only conferred diplomatic immunity on Djokovic if he was entering Australia on official state business.

    'Any claim for diplomatic immunity is only extended to "diplomatic agents" and would not extend to a private citizen of Serbia,' he told The Herald Sun

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