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 Visa and Travel 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, there are still some delays in visa processing which could 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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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 and COVID-19 testing listed below. You can also view our most up-to-date FAQ here.

  • 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 required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when you travel to the United States. See our COVID-19 Testing section below for further details.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required 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

The CDC requires all international arrivals to the US to show proof of a COVID-19 negative test or recovery before departing for the US. That means any au pairs arriving to the US need to get tested for COVID-19 no more than one day 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 or vaccination 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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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
  • Thailand
  • Germany
  • Turkey
  • Iceland

*Information up-to-date as of 1/25/2022

While the listed embassies are scheduling some appointments, there may be a wait for an appointment or appointments may be re-scheduled. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Further country-specific details are provided by the Department of State. Click for visa wait-time information or country-specific travel advisories.

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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Other Travel Delays

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

  • Argentina - Argentina is restricting flights into and out of Argentina due to COVID-19. Please click here to read the most recent relevant information. This is resulting in some last-minute flight cancellations. Please note that although visa appointments are being scheduled and travel is possible, your au pair's arrival may be subject to delays.
  • 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 1/25/2022

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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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