Update from AuPairCare on Au Pair Travel Requirements and Visas Au Pair Visa and Travel Updates During COVID-19

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Au Pair Visa and Travel Updates During COVID-19

Important Arrival Information

You may have some questions about international travel and if current COVID-19 travel requirements will impact your arrival. We have great news - AuPairCare welcomed thousands of au pairs last year from a wide variety of countries and continue to welcome even more in 2022!

Currently, there are no country-specific travel restrictions and the U.S. is welcoming all fully vaccinated travelers.

However, it's important to note that due to pandemic-related staffing shortages at certain embassies, there are still some delays in visa processing which can impact au pair arrivals from certain countries. AuPairCare may need to reschedule program arrival dates for some au pairs if they are affected by travel requirements, positive COVID-19 test results, or visa delays, and we will contact you if that is the case.

We strongly encourage you to factor the information below into your matching and arrival timeline. 

If your arrival date is coming up soon, please make sure to review the latest U.S. entry requirements below regarding testing and vaccinations.

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Visa Processing 

Visa processing has slowed down or closed in certain embassies due to COVID-19, but we are seeing that many embassies around the world have re-opened and scheduling and approving visas again.

AuPairCare au pairs have had recent success with visa appointments and approvals in the below embassies:

  • Argentina
  • Japan
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Montenegro
  • Dominican Republic
  • Panama
  • Ecuador
  • Spain
  • El Salvador
  • South Africa
  • France
  • South Korea
  • Georgia

  • Germany

  • Iceland

*Information up-to-date as of 6/1/2022

While the listed embassies are scheduling some appointments, there may be a wait for an appointment or appointments may be re-scheduled. This may cause a delay to your planned arrival. This is not an exhaustive list, and further country-specific details are provided by the Department of State. Click for visa wait-time information or country-specific travel advisoriesIf you would like to know about an au pair arrival from a country that is not in the above list, please contact your Matching Expert.

For all countries, we recommend au pairs continue the visa application process as outlined by their local overseas representative and subject to embassy guidance. To avoid any additional delays to your arrival, we ask that au pairs update their portal with visa scheduling information when they have it and reach out to their local representative with any questions. 

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Au Pair Arrival Requirements

We're thrilled to be welcoming international travelers to the United States! All arrivals must meet the requirements for pre-departure vaccination.

  • You must be fully vaccinated as defined by new U.S. entry requirement standards to travel to the United States. Please note that there is usually a 2 week wait period after the last dose of a vaccine before an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated”.
  • You are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test result when you travel to the United States.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is recommended in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).

Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website to view further details on pre-departure travel requirements, or view the CDC's helpful travel assessment tool for travelers.

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

The Department of State and the Center for Disease Control have expanded on these vaccination requirements and types of acceptable documentation, which you can view below and at the link here

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines
Vaccines Approved or Authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Vaccines Listed for Emergency Use (EUL) by the World Health Organization
Single dose                                        
  •  Janssen/J&J
  • Janssen/J&J
2-dose series
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Acceptable Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Acceptable Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
Documentation Type Examples
Verifiable records (digital or paper)
  • Vaccination certificate with QR code1, digital pass via Smartphone application with QR code1 (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate)
Non-verifiable paper records
  • Printout of COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider (e.g., the CDC vaccination card)
Non-verifiable digital records
  • Digital photos of vaccination card or record, downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without QR code*
*The QR code in a verifiable vaccination record links to information confirming the credential was generated from an immunization record in an official database and is protected from tampering. 

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COVID-19 Testing

As of Sunday, June 12, 2022, the White House has announced that COVID-19 testing is no longer required for entry into the United States.

While it is no longer necessary to obtain a COVID-19 test one day prior to your flight date, this may change in the future if the US government determines that a new variant or circumstances pose additional risk.  Please note: proof of vaccination is still required.

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Other Travel Delays

The following countries are seeing some delays due to local travel restrictions:

  • China - Flights to and from China are limited by the US and Chinese governments. This may impact flights for Chinese au pairs and there may be some delays.
*Information up-to-date as of 6/1/2022

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Please rest assured that we are staying up-to-date on travel requirements and are updating this page regularly. 

Thank you again for your continued support of the au pair program during these difficult times. We witness daily the benefits that international cultural exchange brings to all participants and we look forward to continuing to joining au pairs and host families together.

Quality care for every family size

Changing daycare schedules, using vacation days for sick days, and increasing costs as families grow - these are a few reasons that many parents choose the stability that comes with an au pair. Our transparent pricing empowers you to budget your childcare for the entire year:

  • Costs around $1,500 a month or around $8 an hour
  • 45 hours a week on a schedule you choose
  • Choose to host an au pair for as little as 6 months or up to 2 years
  • Program costs remain the same - no matter how many children are in the family

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