Working Holiday Visa Countries (60 Approximately)

A working holiday visa is an agreement between 2 countries that allows foreign citizens between the ages of 18 to 30 mostly or from 18 to 35 for some countries, Canadian citizens visas are issued to 36/37 years old for France.

The work & travel visa is temporary allowing a person to study, travel and or work for a year or two living and working abroad in specific temporary jobs in a foreign participating country.

Fostering relations between countries and encourage youth exchange through travel, work and study is at the centre of the visa idea.

You are issued the visa for you only and no family dependants are allowed, unless they have their own visa.

Approximately 60 countries provide working holiday visas for 1 or 2 years in 2022, extendable in a few countries.

Visa application time processing 4-6 week mostly made online through a government website.

Restrictions on a working holiday visa

Working Holiday Visa Countries

Each country also restricts you to certain types of jobs you can do, or geographical areas of a country or time allowed working for the same employer.

You do not require a job before arriving in the country.

Employment sectors are from forestry & agriculture, hospitality in hotels, bars and restaurants, retail, care and other seasonal work.

You are also allowed to study for a portion of the time and travel of course.

The visa is longer than tourists receive and you can combine work to top up finances to enable more travel.

Quota limits generally from 200 people from each country, (some countries unlimited) that are allocated a working holiday visa with applications made online at the respective countries embassy or consulate in your own country.

Getting a visa for a working holiday New Zealand citizens are at the most advantage with the most countries to choose from, also British have a number of countries as options.

A visa issued for a working holiday to Australia & New Zealand are one of the most popular with the countries as a destination and Australian & New Zealand governments agreeing reciprocal arrangements with a good number of countries.

Countries update requirements all the time and new countries are added

Updated October 2021.   Older than 35 see work visa option

 

List of countries issue work & travel visa 2022

Andorra

Age range: 18 to 30 years            Time scale: 12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia             See: Andorra embassy

Argentina

Age range: 18 to 30 years, 35 from New Zealand               Time scale: 12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Poland,  France, Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany,  Portugal, Austria, South Korea

See: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina     

Australia

Age range: 18 to 30 years, Canadians 35 years

Time scale: 12 months, although 6 months or less working for the same employer

Countries citizens accept: Taiwan, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, France, Cyprus, Finland, Hong Kong, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Malta, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Canada, United Kingdom

Subclass 462 visa available for Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, People’s, Republic of Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, United States, Vietnam

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/first-work-holiday-462#Eligibility

See:  Australia immigration and visa classes to apply   

Austria

Age range: 18 to 30 years                    Time scale:  6 to 12 months

Countries citizens accept: Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Israel, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chinese Taipei and Canada

See: Austrian Foreign Ministry

Working & travel visa application typical documents required:

Working Holiday Visa Countries
  • Copy of passport biometric page.
  • Return flight.
  • Copy of bank account statement showing sufficient finances for the stay.
  • Possible medical/TB test if from certain country.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Medical insurance, possible iris scan and finger prints taken, good character reference.
  • Pay application fee to the country embassy.
  • Documents must be translated in the language of the country you apply

Belgium

Age range: 18 to 30 years                 Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: South Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Canada, Australia

See: Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs  and https://australia.diplomatie.belgium.be/en         

Brazil

Age range: 18 to 30 years                 Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Germany, New Zealand, France           

See:  Brazilian embassy in your country

Germany citizens  https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de

Canada

Age range: 18 to 30 years              Time scale:  12 months

35 years old for Australia, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Chile, Ireland, Germany, France, Czech Republic

Countries citizens accept: United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Latvia, Republic of Korea, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Estonia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Chile, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Ukraine and Australia.

See: Government of Canada

Chile

Age range: 18 to 30 years  (18 to 35 Canada and Hungary)        Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Canada, Poland,  Japan Germany, New Zealand, Hungary, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Australia  Sweden, Luxembourg  France, Ireland,   South Korea, Czech Republic   

See: The Chilean Department of Foreign Affairs or embassy

China

Age range: 18 to 30 years                   Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept for Hong Kong: Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Hungary, Japan, Ireland, Austria, Canada, Ireland

Taiwan: Ireland, Australia, Japan, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, United Kingdom, South Korea, Netherlands, France

See:  Taiwan The Republic of China Consular Affairs, embassy or consulate

Hong Kong   https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas

Colombia

Age range: 18 to 30 years              Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: France (Peru, Chile, Mexico apply to the Pacific Alliance work & holiday visa.

See:  Pacific Alliance work and holiday visa and embassy in France

Costa Rica

Age range: 18 to 35 years           Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Canada           See: Costa Rica government in Canada

Croatia

Age range: 18 to 30 years               Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Canada, New Zealand

See: Croatian Embassy Ottawa or Croatia’s Consulate General in Mississauga or NZ

Cyprus

Age range: 18 to 25 years      Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia               See: Cyprus embassy

Czech Republic

Age range: 18 to 30 years  or 18 to 35 other countries            Time scale:  24  months

Countries citizens accept: New Zealand, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Australia, Chile, South Korea

See: Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Holiday visa for work questions and answers

work and travel countries

How many hours can you work on a working holiday visa? Generally no restriction on hours worked in each country.

Do I pay income tax? Yes, if you earn over a certain amount wage per month.

Is the visa for temporary resident? Yes, does not provide long term/permanent residency.

Can I apply for a holiday visa for work twice? Yes, in a few countries.

How much is the work visa? Each country embassy charges a different amount.

How can I find work abroad? Apply to jobs advertised on online job board, agency, and notice boards

Denmark

Age range: 18 to 30 years                 Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Japan, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Korea

See:  The Official Portal for Foreigners and Integration

Ecuador

Age range: 18 to 30 years           Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia          See:  Apply in Australia at Ecuador government office

Estonia

Age range: 19 to 30 years   (Canadians 18 to 35 years)     Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand

See: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or a consulate

Finland

Age range: 18 to 30 years         Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: South Korea, Australia & New Zealand

See: Working in Finland immigration  

France

Age range: 18 to 30 years   (Argentina, Canadians, Australia 35 or 36 years)      Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Brazil, Hong Kong, Uruguay, Taiwan, Colombia, South Korea, Russia, Mexico, Japan, Chile, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand

See: Young traveller working holiday      

Germany

Age range: 18 to 30 years  (Canadians 35 years old)         Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Argentina, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Uruguay, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Republic of Korea (Canadian must be studying)

See:  Deutschland.de

Greece

Age range: 18 to 30 years           Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia & Canada             See:  Greek government         

Hong Kong

Age range: 18 to 30 years         Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Sweden, Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, United Kingdom, South Korea, Austria, France, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada

See: Hong Kong Immigration

Hungary

Age range: 18 to 30 years    (New Zealand 35?)     Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: New Zealand, Taiwan, Chile, South Korea, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong,

See: Embassy of Hungary

Iceland

Age range: 18 to 30 years         Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Japan

See: Working Holiday Scheme between Japan & Iceland

Ireland

Age range: 18 to 30 years      (35 years for Australians & Canadians)      Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Chile, Canada, Argentina, Republic of Korea, Chile, Uruguay

Working Holiday Visa scheme US students and recent graduates.

Taiwan citizens application form

See:  Ireland Department of Justice and Equality

Israel

Age range: 18 to 30 years         Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Austria, New Zealand, Czech Republic, South Korea, Germany, Australia

See: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Italy

Age range: 18 to 30 years       (Canada 35 years)       Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong

See:     Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

            New Zealand apply Italian Embassy in Wellington

           Australia Italian Embassy in Canberra

           Canada apply Italian Embassy in Ottawa

Japan

Age range: 18 to 30 years        Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Korea, Sweden, Chile, Czech Republic, Argentina, Ireland, Hong Kong, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Australia, Slovakia, Portugal, Canada, Lithuania, Netherlands, Taiwan, Norway, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, Poland, Estonia

See: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Latvia

Age range: 18 to 30 years        (Canada 35 years old)   Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  New Zealand, Australia, Canada

Youth mobility South Korea (2020)

See: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

Lithuania

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  New Zealand, Canada & Youth mobility South Korea (2020)

See: Canada Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada

        New Zealand: Ministry of Social Security and Labour

Luxembourg

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Canada, Taiwan

See: The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg embassy

Malaysia

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Australia & New Zealand

See: Work and Holiday Visa Malaysia 

Malta

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Australia and New Zealand

See: EU Immigration Portal, Identity Malta

Mexico

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Chile, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, France, South Korea, Peru, Colombia

See:  Information and apply at an embassy for Mexico

Monaco

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  UK             See: Monaco embassy

Netherlands

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Argentina, Hong Kong, Uruguay, Japan,

See: Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service

New Zealand

Age range: 18 to 30 years     Some countries citizens 35 years       Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  18-35 in some cases)

Countries Accepted:  Netherlands Argentina, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Austria, Ireland, Lithuania,  Poland, Mexico, Belgium, Israel, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Singapore, Norway, Canada, Japan, Slovakia, Chile, Korea, Slovenia, China, Turkey, Latvia, Spain, Croatia, Sweden, Philippines, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Taiwan, Denmark, Thailand, Estonia, Malta, United Kingdom, France, USA, Uruguay, Hungary, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand, Austria, Finland

See: New Zealand Immigration

Norway

Age range: 18 to 30 years     (Canada 18 to 35 years visa)    Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Australia, Japan, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand

See: Norwegian Directorate of Immigration

Peru

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Portugal, New Zealand, France, Colombia, Australia, Chile, and Mexico

See: Apply at the Peru embassy

Philippines

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  New Zealand

See:    https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply

Poland

Age range: 18 to 30 years          (35 years Canada)        Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Argentina, Canada, New Zealand, Chile

See: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Portugal

Age range: 18 to 30 years    35 years Canada       Time scale: 12 months   (Canada 24 months)

Countries citizens accept:  Japan, Peru, Argentina, Australia, United States, Chile Canada, New Zealand, South Korea

See: Portugal government office in your country

Romania

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  South Korea

Russia

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  4 months

Countries citizens accept:  French                 See: Consulate in France

San Marino

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Australia and Canada

Slovakia

Age range: 18 to 30/35 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Japan, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Taiwan

See: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Slovenia

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  New Zealand          Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia 

South Korea

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months or 24 months depending on country

Countries citizens accept: Italy, France, USA, Taiwan, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Netherlands, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Belgium, Austria, Romania, Israel, Brazil

See: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea

Singapore

Age range: 18 to 25 years          Time scale:  6 months

Countries citizens accept: University graduates from; United States, Hong Kong, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands

See: Singapore Ministry of Manpower

Spain

Age range: 18 to 30 years     (Canada 35 year old)          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Canada

New Zealand under the Youth Mobility Programme

Sweden

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Uruguay, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina,

See: Swedish Migration Agency

Switzerland

Age range: 18 to 30 years     (Canada 35 years)         Time scale:  18 months

Countries citizens accept: Canada, Australia & Chile        See:  Swiss Federal Council

Taiwan

Age range: 18 to 30 or 35 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Austria, South Korea, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, New Zealand, France

See: The Republic of China (Taiwan)  

Thailand

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia & New Zealand

See: Applications at a Thailand consulate

Turkey

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia, and New Zealand

Ukraine

Age range: 18 to 25 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Canada

United Kingdom

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Taiwan, Australia, British Overseas Territories, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan (Changes at times) work & live in UK up to 2 year.

See: Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

Uruguay

Age: 18 to 30 years          Time:  12 months

Countries citizens accept: Australia, Germany, Sweden, France, New Zealand, Ireland

See: Swedish Citizens  For New Zealanders

Vietnam

Age range: 18 to 30 years          Time scale:  12 months

Countries citizens accept:  New Zealand, Australia

See:  https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas