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Travel Outside the US

APIA Information on Traveling Outside of the US

Travel Validation Required – APIA Travel Validation Request Form (To obtain APIA’s signature on your DS-2019 before traveling outside of the U.S.) Note: The travel validation ensures that you are in good standing with the program, it is not formal permission to travel. 

    • Mail this form along with your DS-2019 (not a copy) to APIA, at least 3-4 weeks prior to international travel.
    • Check out this blog post for step-by-step instructions on how to send this in the mail.

Travel Rules by Program Year

Travel and COVID-19

    • Only fully vaccinated travelers will be admitted into the U.S. This means that all foreign visitors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and must show proof of vaccination before boarding a U.S.-bound airline.
    • All Au Pairs will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before they travel by air into the United States. They must show the negative result to the airline before boarding the flight. This test is not for a medical reason, so it will not be covered by insurance and you will need to cover the cost yourself.

Additional International Travel Information

Travel Inside the US

Travel/Tour Companies & Travel Websites


  • AAA Bus Safety Reports
  • DC Metro Website – helpful information maps and trip planner for Metrorail and buses
  • FlixBus– trips between Baltimore, Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and DC
  • Happy-Cars – car rental for 18+
  • MegaBus – trips between Washington, DC and many destinations up and down the East Coast.
  • Our Bus – trips to Philadelphia, New Jersey Shore, Richmond, Wilmington & more
  • Super Shuttle– transportation to and from airports in DC and all over the US
  • Vamoose Bus – trips between NYC and Bethesda, MD, Arlington, VA, or Lorton, VA

Places to Stay

Departure Home

  • You will be able to request your return flight in your au pair portal.
  • You will receive an email with your flight itinerary no later than 4-5 weeks prior to departure.

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