VETERINARY REGULATIONS 
10th edition 2006
EQUINE INFLUENZA VACCINATION
The FEI requires all horses competing in FEI competition to provide
evidence of sufficient vaccination against equine influenza.
Vaccination against equine influenza is an important deterrent to
respiratory disease amongst FEI competition horses and is essential for
health regulatory reasons. The vaccination protocol involves regular
six monthly booster vaccinations following a primary vaccination
course, as from January 2005. The primary course is essential to
stimulate initial immunity and for an optimal effect of subsequent
All horses and ponies for which an FEI Passport or a National Passport
approved by the FEI has been issued must have the vaccination section
completed and endorsed by a veterinarian, stating that it has received
two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza, given
between 21 and 92 days (i.e. 1-3 months) apart. For live vaccines,
another schedule for the primary vaccination may apply.
In addition, a booster vaccination must be administered within each
succeeding 6 months (± 21 days) following the second vaccination
of the primary course. None of these injections must have been given
within the preceding 7 days including the day of the competition or of
entry into the competition stables.
The above are the minimum requirements for influenza vaccination.
The primary course and subsequent booster vaccinations should be given
according to the manufacturer's instructions that will fall within the
stipulation of the FEI ruling. If a horse is not competing in FEI
competitions for an extended period, at least the manufacturers’
recommendations for booster vaccinations should be followed.
Further guidelines as to the Equine Influenza
vaccinations can be found on the FEI website
VETERINARY REGULATIONS 
10th edition 2006
I. COMPLETION OF PASSPORTS
1. A passport, which must be extended every four
years, must remain with the horse throughout its life
accompany it at all times.
2. National Federations are responsible for issuing
FEI passports and must transmit the following
information to the FEI before
they receive the FEI passport number:
2.1 original horse name, and/or
current horse name
2.2 UELN and/or MICROCHIP number;
2.3 sex, colour and date of birth
of the horse;
2.4 name, nationality and address
of the owner(s);
2.5 copy of the
3. National Federations are also responsible to
transmit the following changes without delay:
3.1 change of the National
3.2 change of owner and
3.3 change of name of the horse or the
addition of a second (commercial) name;
3.4 changes in the description and
diagram page, (e.g. castration);
4. The horse must be present when the description
and the marking of the diagram in the passport is
Only veterinarians approved by the National Federation are authorised
to complete this
page and the description must be
in accordance with the FEI booklet on Identification of Horses.
5. The National Federation is required to enter name
and address of owner(s) of the horse and the owner
must sign the passport where specified. (Please
refer GR Art. 141). National Federations
should also be aware of European
Commission or other national or international legislation relating to
identification of horses.
6. National Federations must inform owners that they
are responsible for any special entries required to
be made, such as recording the
full equine influenza vaccination history of the horse (see point 11)
with the ruling currently in force. The vaccination history entered in
the passport must be
dated, stamped and signed by the veterinarian who
vaccinated the horse.
7. The passport completed by the National Federation
approved veterinarian must be returned to the
Federation to be checked, authenticated by the signature of an official
of the National
Federation and the National Federation official
stamp and be recorded by National Federation.
8. For passports and recognition cards, National
Federations are obliged to make two copies of the
description diagram, retain one and send the second
copy to the FEI for registration and record
9.1. Residents abroad and whose
horses are kept in their country of residence must apply to the
National Federation of their country of residence
for passports, in accordance with the procedure
laid down in this section. The National Federation
of the owner's country of residence must inform
home National Federation of such action.
9.2. Owners living in their own
country and whose horses are kept in a foreign country must apply to
the National Federation of the
country where the horses are kept for the issue of a passport or the
validation of a national passport with recognition
10. The passport should be held by the Person
Responsible or the person accompanying the horse, but it
must be returned to
the National Federation for endorsement in the following cases:
10.1. change of ownership. The new owner is
responsible for informing and sending the passport to the
National Federation for registration.
10.2. change of name of the horse or the
addition of a second (e.g. commercial as a pre or a suffix)
10.3. the endorsement of any changes in the
description and diagram page.
10.4. death of the horse.
11. Vaccination history: The horse’s vaccination
history has to be checked by an approved National
Federation’s veterinarian and, if correct, the following statement may
be used: "The vaccination
history of this horse is correct to date. Last vaccination on ...
(enter date)" in the cases mentioned
Newly issued passports
authenticating such a statement has to be the same who filled in the
For further clarification see the FEI
Equine Influenza Vaccination FAQs