On November 8, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., Presidential Proclamation Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic goes into effect.   All previously issued National Interest Exemption waivers are void as of this date regardless of stated validity.   

US Equestrian will no longer be processing any new National Interest Exemption (NIE) Waivers as they will no longer be required for entry to the U.S.  Travelers will need to have a valid passport and obtain the appropriate visa or ESTA.

Please see below the new information for U.S. entry including vaccination requirements and exemptions. 

Should you have any questions, please contact your local embassy or consult with an immigration attorney for advice prior to travel.


Those who are medically exempt will have to demonstrate this themselves:



What do I need to show if I have a medical contraindication to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine?

You must show a letter from a licensed physician documenting the medical contraindication to the airline or aircraft operator before boarding a flight to the United States.

The letter:

  • Must be signed and dated on official letterhead that contains contact information (name, address, and phone number) of a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Must clearly state that you have a medical contraindication to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The name of the COVID-19 vaccine product and the medical condition must both be listed.
    • Medical contraindications to COVID-19 vaccination include immediate or severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or component of a COVID-19 vaccine or known allergy to a component of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Must have sufficient personally identifiable information (at a minimum full name and date of birth) to confirm that the letter matches with your passport or other travel information

Additional Resources

Cancelled FEI Events

From the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI)

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.

Mental Health COVID-19 Support Resources

From the National Alliance on Mental Health

Mental Health Resources

From the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC)