Can au pairs currently enter the USA?
Yes. All fully vaccinated au pairs who can provide a negative COVID-test result are allowed to travel with a J1 Visa to the USA. Here you can check all U.S. travel and entry requirements.
The Presidential Proclamation 9993 (PP9993) and thus the entry ban for travelers who have been in a Schengen state in the last 14 days was lifted on November 8th 2021.
Do I need a negative COVID test even though I am fully vaccinated against Covid-19?
Yes, as of January 25, 2021, all travelers with destinations in the U.S. must present a negative COVID test at the airport prior to check in. This test can be a PCR or an antigen test. As it currently stands, rapid tests are also allowed. The test must not be older than three days on the day of departure and must show a negative result. Airlines are instructed to verify these documents and deny transportation if passengers do not meet the requirements. Many airlines also require a completed and signed health certificate. We recommend all participants to get more detailed information on the websites of the respective airline before departure.
Do I have to go into quarantine in the destination country?
Whether and how long you have to be quarantined after entering the USA depends on many factors and is determined at state, or in some cases, even county level. We therefore recommend that all participants currently entering the U.S. check the CDC (Center of Disease Control) website in advance and determine, in consultation with the host family and the Area Director, whether, where and for how long they will be quarantined after arrival. You can find the respective local regulations in the CDC's Travel Planner.
Should an au pair with a valid visa appointment go to this appointment?
Au pairs can still apply for J-1 visa appointments at embassies, if available.
Do au pairs who already have their visa need any special documentation to enter the U.S.?
The J1 visa and the DS-2019 form still meet the requirements for entry into the US. In addition, all au pairs who want to enter the US will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine that is accepted by the US. More information on the US travel requirements and the accepted vaccines are proveded here.