Update from AuPairCare on Au Pair Arrivals and Executive Orders


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Au Pair COVID-19 Travel Information



We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy, and we thank you for your commitment to the program. We value your support and partnership, especially during such challenging and uncertain times. We’d also like to share a brief update.


  • You may be aware of two Presidential Proclamations that have affected the au pair and exchange community related to visas and travel entry. We are happy to say that Proclamation 10052, which included temporary pauses to au pair visas, expired as of March 31, 2021. Proclamation 10143, related to US entry restrictions due to COVID-19, is still in effect and has not yet expired. This restricts travel from Brazil, South Africa, China, and the Schengen region. However, host families and au pairs who are eligible to apply for a National Interest Exception can apply for an exception for travel. If you believe you qualify, please reach out to your Matching Expert. Please be aware that program arrival dates may need to be rescheduled as needed, and we will contact you if that is the case
  • In regards to visa appointment scheduling, we recommend continuing the visa application process as outlined by your local overseas representative and subject to Embassay guidance.
  • It is believed that further COVID-19 related U.S. entry restrictions may be lifted in late Spring 2021, meaning entry to the U.S. for participants from certain countries might become an easier process. Please rest assured that we are staying up to date on travel restrictions and will be updating this page regularly.
  • The CDC now requires all international arrivals to show proof of COVID-19 negative test or recovery before departing for the US. That means any au pairs arriving after January 25, 2021 will need to get tested for COVID-19 no more than three days before their flight departs and provide negative results to the airline in order to travel to the U.S. It is extremely important that au pairs follow these guidelines in order to ensure a safe and on time arrival. Au pairs are responsible for their own tests and for any flight fees incurred if they do not get tested within the given window. This order affects all international arrivals into the U.S. regardless of visa status. Please review our FAQ document covering Questions & Answers from the CDC website with added and highlighted au pair-related details.
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National Interest Exceptions


We are also very happy to see some embassies have resumed the scheduling of regular J1 visa appointments, in addition to the processing of National Interest Exceptions in some countries. Click here for the details on National Interest Exceptions for au pairs arriving from Brazil, South Africa, China, and the Schengen region. National Interest Exception criteria for host families include:  

  • Host families who are members of the medical community who are caring for those who have contracted COVID-19; and/or those involved in research related to COVID-19. 
  • Host families who have children who may require specific care such as: medical, special education, or sign language and who have been diagnosed by a qualified medical individual.

For questions regarding the National Interest Exception, please contact your Matching Expert. Their details can be found in the Contact Us section of your portal. Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions here.


  • While this is encouraging progress, unfortunately, some embassies have had to slow down their visa scheduling process due to COVID-19 and reduced staffing. Additionally, travel restrictions still remain in place for some regions.
  • We ask that au pairs should 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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Travel and Embassy Details


We understand that you may have questions about travel restrictions and visa scheduling in embassies around the world. Please see below for a short summary of some of the current restrictions in place around the world that may impact your arrival, as well as information about embassies that are currently open and scheduling appointments. Please note that this not an exhaustive list, and we encourage you to confirm an individual country's embassy openings. Further country-specific details are provided by the Department of State. Click for visa wait-time information or country-specific travel advisories.

Current travel restrictions by country:
Entry to the US is not currently permitted from the following countries, with no current end date. National Interest Exception travel waivers may be available for eligible applicants at Embassy discretion.

  • Brazil
  • Schengen Region (Europe)
  • China
  • South Africa
*Information last updated 5/14/2021

It may be possible for some au pairs from Brazil to explore alternative visa and travel arrangements. AuPairCare’s priority is the health, safety, and welfare of all our participants. Please do not make any plans or arrange any independent travel without receiving approval from AuPairCare first. Au pairs must meet all pre-departure requirements before committing to an alternative travel option, including full completion of the Department of State required pre-departure training. For more information about alternative travel arrangements, please contact your Matching Expert.



Embassies scheduling appointments:

  • Argentina
  • Japan
  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • Colombia*
  • South Africa**
  • Denmark**
  • South Korea
  • Ecuador
  • Spain**
  • El Salvador
  • Sweden**
  • Germany**
  • Thailand
  • Iceland**

*Information last updated 5/14/2021

*Please note that while these Embassies are scheduling some appointments, there may be a wait for an appointment or appointments may be re-scheduled.
**Please also note that there are still travel restrictions for countries in the Schengen Region and South Africa.


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 joining au pairs and host families together very soon.

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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