Where can I go on a Working Holiday Visa?

Have you been trying to get a work visa to move abroad? If you’re under 35, you might be in luck.

Over the years, many countries have agreed on Working Holiday Schemes to give young travelers the chance to experience life abroad. By obtaining a Working Holiday Visa, travelers between the age of 18 to 30 (sometimes even 35) years can travel abroad for up to 12 months in a partner country and fund their travels by working during their holiday. Many countries in Europe, Asia and America are in the program and have made reciprocal agreements with other countries. The age requirement, the variety of countries you can apply for and the application procedure depend on your nationality.

You’ll really be able to experience life as a local, because of the extended time that you’re allowed to stay abroad on this visa. Making friends and getting to know locals is a lot easier since you’ll be able to work and sometimes even study during your stay. Applying for a Working Holiday Visa is generally a lot easier and more straightforward than applying for a regular work or residence permit. Since there are so many options with the Working Holiday Scheme, I’ve decided to make a list of any and all Working Holiday agreements that have been made. Many countries have made new agreements in the past few years, so the list is quite extensive.

Ready to go? Find out below where you can go on a Working Holiday Visa!

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Argentina

Stay up to: 12 months
Age: between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden

Australia

Stay up to: 12 months – but you can’t work for more than 6 months for one employer
Age: between 18 and 30 – except for Canadian citizens. The age limit for Canadian citizens will be increased from 30 to 35 from November 1, 2018.
Available for citizens of: Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom

Passport holders from Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United States of America, Uruguay and Vietnam need to apply for a subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa. This visa is subject to education requirements. This means that applicants will need to have secondary or tertiary education, depending on their citizenship.

New Zealand citizens of any age can work in Australia without applying for a visa.

Austria

Stay up to: 12 months (6 months for citizens of New Zealand)
Age: between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taipei

Belgium

Stay up to: 12 months
Age: between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan

Brazil

Stay up to: 12 months
Age: between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: France, Germany and New Zealand

Canada

Stay up to: 12 months
Age: between 18 and 35 for Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, Denmark, Czech Republic and Chile and from November 1, 2018, also citizens from Australia. Citizens from other countries have to be no older than 30 to be eligible.
Available for citizens of: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom

Santiago, Chile

Chile

Stay up to: 12 months
Age: Between 18 and 30 (between 18 and 35 for citizens of Canada and Hungary)
Available for citizens of: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and South Korea

China

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of:  New Zealand

Colombia

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: France

Costa Rica

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 35
Available for citizens of: Canada

Croatia

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: New Zealand and Canada

Cyprus

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of:  Australia

Czech Republic

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 35
Available for citizens of:  Canada, Chile, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan

Denmark

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30 (between 18 and  35 For Canadian citizens)
Available for citizens of: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea

Estonia

Stay up to: 12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, New Zealand and Canada

Finland

Stay up to: 12 Months – but you can only work up to three months for a single employer and for nine months total
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of:  Australia and New Zealand

France

Stay up to: 12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30 (between 18 and  35 For Canadian citizens)
Available for citizens of:  Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay

Germany

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30  (Between 18 and 35 for Canadian Citizens)
Available for citizens of:  Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and Uruguay

Athens, Greece

Greece

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Canada

Hong Kong

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of:  Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom

Hungary

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan

Iceland

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 26
Available for citizens of: Japan

Ireland

Stay up to:  12 Months – but you can’t work for more than 6 months for one employer
Age: Between 18 and 30  (between 18 and 35 for Canadian citizens)
Available for citizens of: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States of America

Israel

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, and New Zealand

Italy

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30  (between 18 and 35 for Canadian citizens)
Available for citizens of: Australia, New Zealand, Canada

Japan

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30  (between 18 and 25 for citizens of Australia, Canada and South Korea and between 18 and 26 for citizens of Iceland)
Available for citizens of: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom

Latvia

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30 (between 18 and 35 for Canadian citizens)
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada and New Zealand

Lithuania

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Canada

Luxembourg

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia and New Zealand

Malaysia

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia and New Zealand

Malta

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia and New Zealand

Cuetzalan, Mexico

Mexico

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: France, South Korea and New Zealand

The Netherlands

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Korea

New Zealand

Stay up to:  12 Months – 23 months for citizens of Canada and the United Kingdom
Age: Between 18 and 30  (Between 18 and 35 for citizens of Canada and Argentina)
Available for citizens of:  Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay and Vietnam

Australian citizens of any age can work in New Zealand without applying for a visa.

Norway

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30  (Between 18 and 35 for Canadians)
Available for citizens of: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand

Peru

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: New Zealand

Philippines

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: New Zealand

Poland

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30  (Between 18 and 35 for Canadians)
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan and New Zealand

Portugal

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea

Russia

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: France

Singapore

Stay up to: 6 Months
Age: Between 18 and 25 (must be a student or recent graduate from a recognized university)
Available for citizens of: Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America

Slovakia

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan

Slovenia

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada and New Zealand

South Korea

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Valencia, Spain

Spain

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30  (between 18 and 35 for Canadian citizens)
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea

Sweden

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Korea or Uruguay

Switzerland

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 35
Available for citizens of: Canada

Taiwan

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of:  Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom

Thailand

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30 (must have tertiary qualifications)
Available for citizens of:  Australia and New Zealand

Turkey

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia and New Zealand

United Kingdom

Stay up to:  24 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan

Uruguay

Stay up to:  12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia, France, New Zealand and Sweden

Vietnam

Stay up to: 12 Months
Age: Between 18 and 30
Available for citizens of: Australia and New Zealand

Don’t forget that citizens of any member state of the European Union or European Economic Area don’t need a visa or permit to work in any other country in the European Union or European Economic Area. The European Economic Area and European Union together consist of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark,Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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