Is Mike Tyson Banned From Traveling to Australia?

Published 01/02/2022, 7:00 AM EST
BEIJING, CHINA – MAY 24: Former Heavy Weight Champion Boxer Mike Tyson attends the Great Wall Weigh-in of IBF World Boxing Championship Bout at Mutianyu on May 24, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson has been into several controversies throughout his life, with his travel visas to Australia and New Zealand falling under the same bracket. The former heavyweight world champion got prohibited from entering Australia, claimed reports from the country’s cabinet in 2001. John Howard was the Prime minister of Australia back then and he didn’t want ‘Iron’ Mike to enter his country.

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Mike Tyson has visited the country later, but his approach to entering New Zealand saw the heavyweight star come across another prohibition. The cabinet reports from John Howard’s time have recently come to the public knowledge. Meanwhile, Mike Tyson’s travel ban reports are also an integral part of it. And is grabbing sheer attention from the combat world.

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The issue evoked several theories in the boxing community. And urged the media to spin multiple headlines. Here’s a detailed look at why ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ suffered such a fate.

Why is Mike Tyson banned from Australia?

Police officials arrested and imprisoned Mike Tyson in 1992 with rape charges. The conviction gave him six-year-long imprisonment. But officials set Tyson free in 1995. Six years later, the Immigration Minister of Australia (then) Philip Ruddock claimed Tyson had failed the character test under the Migration Act 1958. Henceforth, he suggested the cabinet prohibit Tyson from getting a visa in Australia.

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The cabinet agreed because Tyson was already carrying a criminal record. Well, Australia is known for scrutinizing its visitors. They also offered a harsh approach to US rapper Eminem’s entry into their country. But with Mike Tyson, it was a clear rejection from the Howard government.

Did Mike Tyson ever visit Australia?

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Per reports, the Australian government granted Tyson a six-day visa in 2012 when Julia Gillard took over as the Prime Minister of Australia. Tyson eventually visited the country and spent his time. However, he was revoked from visiting the neighboring land in New Zealand for his criminal charges. Although Tyson may seem to have a lot of fans over there, boxing veteran cannot really visit their country.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Former boxer Mike Tyson watches the action during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

55-year-old Tyson is a resident of Brooklyn in New York and is a global superstar. His stardom has reached every corner of the world.

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However, Tyson’s out-of-the-box personality in his prime years has cost the heavyweight stalwart a lot. He cannot visit every place in the world at will.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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