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 any travel requirements will impact your arrival. 

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 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. 



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Au Pair Arrivals and the Holidays

We hope you are looking forward to welcoming your au pair during a joyful holiday season! Please see below for important information on visas and travel around the holiday season, which may impact your au pair’s arrival.

We will do our best to ensure your au pair’s arrival on the planned date, but there may be delays around visa appointment scheduling and passport return from U.S. Embassies around the winter holidays. 

Au pairs may have extended layovers or multiple connections during the busy holiday travel season. AuPairCare always books the optimal ticket within our parameters, and our Flight Team will be call to ensure a safe travel day.  We appreciate your understanding that special requests cannot be accommodated, and we wish you a wonderful holiday season!

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Visa Processing 


The majority of US embassy systems around the world have re-opened and are routinely scheduling and approving visas. Some delays may be possible depending on local availability.

If you would like to know about our recent experiences with a particular US embassy system, please contact your Matching Expert. You may also visit the US Department of State's visa wait times page for their visa wait-time information

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. 

*Information up-to-date as of 11/16/2022

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Au Pair Arrival Requirements


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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website to view further details on pre-departure travel requirements, or view the CDC's helpful travel assessment tool for travelers.


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Other Travel Delays

The COVID pandemic continues to generate challenges with international travel, including increased delays, cancelled flights, and more frequent incidences of lost baggage.  Au pairs should review their AuPairCare travel instructions carefully, prepare for longer than usual lines at the airport, bring enough spending money for additional meals in case of last-minute delays or cancellations, and communicate proactively with AuPairCare Flights Team if support is needed on their travel day(s).


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 11/16/2022

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Thank you again for your continued support of the au pair program. 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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