Sport nationality


The FEI's rules on sport nationality are set out in article 119 of the FEI General Regulations. They are explained in the document available in the Library at the bottom of this page.

Additional, discipline-specific considerations may also be imposed by the relevant sports rules. 

A change of sport nationality is complete and effective only once the FEI has notified its approval, in writing.


How to apply for a sport nationality change

Athletes aged above 18lt 

Adult athletes must possess the corresponding nationality in order to be eligible to compete for a country.

Sport nationality change applications are examined by the FEI in accordance with article 119, FEI General Regulations and can only be submitted by the National Federation of the country of the desired sport nationality. Applications submitted directly by athletes are not accepted.

To apply, please fill the Application Form and send it to, along with:

- A copy of the relevant passport/official proof of nationality

- Proof of residency in the country as specified in article, FEI General Regulations

The application must be signed by a NF representative and carry the NF official stamp.

Minor Athletes (under 18)

Please contact with a copy of the relevant passport/official proof of nationality. No form required. 

When to apply

Applications should be submitted to the FEI at least 30 days before the first planned international participation under the new sport nationality. 

How it works

The FEI will review the application and request further documentation if necessary. The FEI will also inform the athlete’s current NF that a sport nationality change procedure has been initated. If all applicable requirements are met (see in the Library below for details) and the current NF has no valid objection, the FEI will approve the sport nationality change.

Sport nationality change and Olympic/Paralympic Games participation 

  • Participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games is also subject to Olympic and Paralympic Regulations, and in particular to any waiting period imposed by these regulations in the event of a sport nationality change.
  • Participation in Regional and Continental Games is also subject to the regulations of the relevant governing body.
  • Additional eligibility requirements may be imposed by the applicable FEI Regulations for the Olympic Games.

For any further information on sport nationality, please contact Catherine Bollon at the Legal Department.