Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Men’s football team has been granted National Interest Exemption (NIE) waivers to travel to Puerto Rico for their 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone qualifier on March 28.
In a media release, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) expressed its sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), and by extension, The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee for their assistance in facilitating the processing of the waivers for the Senior Men’s National Football players for their CONCACAF Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Given President Joe Biden’s proclamation regarding the current travel regulations imposed by the US Government on non-citizens, several of our players would have been ineligible to travel to Puerto Rico for our 2nd World Cup Qualifying game on the 28th March 2021.
This NIE wavier now grants our affected players the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico without being affected by the strict suspension of entry to non-citizens. This restriction is applicable to non-citizens who were physically present in a restricted country during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
Through the timely collaboration between the TTFA, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the President of the TTOC, Mr. Brian Lewis, the TTFA, is now able to have our European based players cleared to travel to Puerto Rico to play Puerto Rico on the 28th March 2021.
More so, the TTFA is committed to ensuring that strict Covid-19 procedures and protocols are observed, as well as maintaining the safety and security of all the players, staff and respective country.