Latest COVID-19 Updates from US Equestrian can be found on the Coronavirus Disease Resources and Updates page.


Please visit your discipline-specific page for more information.  


The FAQs and Waiver requirements have been amended with immediate effect for those athletes competing in the Show Jumping Discipline. Please read the following closely to ensure you are a qualified waiver applicant:


USEF will use its best efforts to keep the general process outlined in these selection procedures intact as much as possible, however, there will be unavoidable, necessary changes. Specifically, any upcoming dates/deadlines referenced within these selection procedures are hereby postponed. While the IOC and IPC have confirmed that all quota places already assigned for the Tokyo 2020 Games will remain unchanged, it is expected that the FEI will revise the few parameters listed in the FEI bullet below.

Along with the postponement of the timing of selection decisions/announcements, other changes are being re-evaluated and will be communicated as soon as possible. These include any/all of the following:

  • FEI: age eligibility parameters, entry deadlines, Minimum Eligibility Requirement timelines, horse ownership deadlines, sport class status
  • USOPC: final team nomination deadline, long list deadlines
  • USEF: application due dates, Short List timelines, ranking list timeframes, SPORT team nomination dates, evaluative events and/or criteria  


As a result of event cancellations linked to COVID-19, all Selection Procedures are currently under review. This review will be ongoing as new cancellations come in on a daily basis. If amendments to Selection Procedures are required and approved, they will be posted on the USEF discipline-specific pages and a notice will be sent out through social media and email.

We encourage you to review the information available on the USEF Coronavirus Disease Resources page on a daily basis, as well as your breed/discipline page

Helpful Resources from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)


EU Travel Restrictions Notice from the USOPC:

The European Union recently adopted a recommendation maintaining restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for U.S. residents. We recognize this impacts athletes and NGBs and want to assure you this is a high priority for us to avoid any disadvantage for Team USA related to training and qualifications. We are actively working with government officials and other partners across the international Olympic and Paralympic movements to identify solutions to overcome this challenge (e.g. waiver for athletes and key team members). We will continue to keep you informed on our progress.

Under the recommendation, the European Union will gradually begin to lift temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Starting July 20th, restrictions have been lifted for the following countries:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

The restrictions are based on the country in which travelers are residents, so American citizens may be allowed to enter the EU if they are residents – and can provide proof of that residency – in one of the countries on the approved list. EU citizens (including residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican), long-term EU residents, and their family members are exempt from these restrictions.

This list will be reviewed and updated every two weeks. Changes to the list will be based on a set of criteria, including a nation’s epidemiological situation (number of new cases, stable or decreasing trend of new cases, COVID-19 containment measures – such as testing, contact tracing, physical distancing, treatment, reporting), as well as economic and social considerations, and reciprocal travel policies.

In addition to the EU, many nations have implemented entry/exit restrictions based on the evolving COVID-19 status. If you are considering travel abroad, please visit the Department of State’s COVID-19 country-specific Information website for full details about your destination.


We are in contact with the USOPC and they are working with individual EU Countries as each Country can set its own protocols, guided by the recent EU travel announcement. Similar outreach is also occurring for other countries worldwide with restrictions for U.S. travelers. There are indications that some countries will consider waivers for athletes and we will disseminate information and processes as soon as we have it.

Additional Resources

Cancelled FEI Events

From the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI)

Inbound U.S. Travel Waiver Application

Updated 9/21/2021

Inbound U.S. Travel Waiver Information & Eligibility Criteria

Updated 9/21/2021

EAHI COVID Benefits Guide

USOPC Elite Athlete Health Insurance COVID Benefits Guide.

EAHI COVID International Coverage Benefits Guide

USOPC Elite Athlete Health Insurance International Coverage Benefits Guide.

USOPC Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources from the USOPC.

USOPC Travel Update

Update on 11th September 2020.

CARES Act Athlete FAQ

From the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC)


From the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Advice from USEF Biomechanics Coach

Letter to Athletes from Andy Thomas, USEF Biomechanics Coach.