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Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas?

Do you want to explore another country for a longer period of time and have a deeper experience than a packaged two week holiday? Why not spend up to a year living and working abroad with working holiday visas?

Working holiday visas generally allow a traveler to be employed in the country during their visit as a way of supplementing their travel funds. Going on a working holiday gives you the chance to live in a foreign country for a longer period of time than you would on a vacation because you will be able to earn money while you are there.

This type of visa also gives you a chance to experience day to day life beyond the tourist zones, make friends with locals and gain a deeper insight into the culture. It’s a fantastic way to travel and going on a working holiday will be an experience you will never forget.

Most working holiday visas schemes are under reciprocal agreements between two countries, because these countries want to encourage travel and the exchange of culture between their citizens. The requirements for each scheme vary between countries but are often quite similar.

Working holiday visas are usually limited to visitors between the ages of 18-30, although some will accept applicants as old as 35. Some of the working holiday visas place limits on the types of jobs that travelers can take or the amount of time they can be employed during their visit. The usual types of jobs that young people get on working holiday visas are in the tourism and hospitality, retail or seasonal industries, but there are plenty of other options available.

Don’t worry about how taking a year off to work abroad will affect your career. Most employers will actually look upon your working holiday favorably, as it shows that you have initiative and that you are capable of adapting to different situations.

In order to qualify, you will need to prove that you have enough funds saved up to cover your expenses while you are first looking for employment. You might also need to purchase health or travel insurance in some countries.

Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas?

The list of countries which offer working holiday visas is huge, so you will have a lot of choice when it comes to where you can go. New Zealanders and Australians have the most choice, whereas Canadians and British are a close second.

Remember that these working holiday visas requirements are subject to change and before applying for any working holiday visas you should always do significantly more research pertaining to your own specific situation. 

(If you are more of a visual person, this chart has all the information on working holiday visas)

Please note, Passport holders of EU member countries do not need permission to work in each other countries, these countries are. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Argentina

Duration: 12 months
Age Limit: 18-30 years
Countries Accepted: Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand

Australia

Duration: 12 months (but no more than 6 months working for one employer)
Age Limit: 18- 30 years
Countries Accepted: Taiwan, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, France, Cyprus, Finland, Hong Kong, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Malta, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Canada, United Kingdom

Passport holders from Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia, Chile, Bangladesh, Argentina and the USA need to apply for a subclass 462 visa and are required to have a tertiary education.

New Zealand citizens of any age can work in Australia indefinitely.

Austria

Duration: 6 months
Age Limit: 18-30 years
Countries Accepted: New Zealand (as well as an exchange program for Canadian graduates)

Belgium

Duration: 12 months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: Canada, Australia, New Zealand

Banff, Alberta, Canada
Banff, Alberta – where there is plenty of seasonal work and accommodation for people on working holiday visas.

Canada

Duration: 12 months
Age Limit: 18- 30 years for most countries, 18- 35 years for Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, Denmark, Czech Republic and Chile.
Countries Accepted: 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.

Chile

Duration: 12 months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: Australia, New Zealand, Canada

China

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted:  New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada. Germany, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom

Czech Republic

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 35 years
Countries Accepted:  Canada, New Zealand

Denmark

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea

Estonia

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 19 – 30 years (18-35 For Canadians)
Countries Accepted: Australia, New Zealand, Canada

Finland

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted:  Australia, New Zealand

France

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted:  Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan

*Citizens of Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Taiwan, Uruguay and the Vatican City, as well as British Nationals (Overseas), of any age can work in France for up to 90 days without a visa.

Germany

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18-35 for Canadian Citizens)
Countries Accepted: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea,Taiwan

Hong Kong

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted:  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Japan, South Korea

Ireland

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18 – 35 for Canadians)
Countries Accepted: Australia, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Korea

Ireland also has a Working Holiday Visa scheme for US students or recent graduates.

Israel

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: New Zealand

The Vatican, Rome, Italy
The Vatican, Rome, Italy

Italy

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18-35 for Canadians)
Countries Accepted: Australia, New Zealand, Canada

Japan

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18-25 or Irish Citizens, with some exceptions for over 25)
Countries Accepted: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Ireland

Latvia

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (35 for Canadians)
Countries Accepted: Canada, New Zealand

Lithuania

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: Canada

Malta

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: Australia, New Zealand

The Netherlands

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted:  Australia, Canada, New Zealand

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
Queenstown, a popular  hangout for young people in New Zealand on working holiday visas

New Zealand

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18-35 in some cases)
Countries Accepted:  Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Uruguay.

Australians of any age may work in New Zealand indefinitely.

New Zealand is our favourite destination where many countries are eligible for working holiday visas. Check out our article about why New Zealand is a great choice for a working holiday.

Norway

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18-35 for Canadians)
Countries Accepted: Australia, New Zealand, Canada

Poland

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18-35 for Canadians)
Countries Accepted: New Zealand, Canada

South Korea

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 25 years
Countries Accepted: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, United States

Singapore

Duration:  6 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: Working holiday visas only for graduates and undergraduates from Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States

Slovakia

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: New Zealand

Slovenia

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: New Zealand

Spain

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18-35 for Canadians)
Countries Accepted: New Zealand, Canada

Sweden

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years (18- 35 for Canadians)
Countries Accepted: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea (if unmarried)

Switzerland

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 35 years
Countries Accepted:  Canada

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted:  Australia, New Zealand and must have certain qualifications. (3 years full time study)

Turkey

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: Australia

UK

Duration:  24 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Taiwan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, British Overseas Territories

Uruguay

Duration:  12 Months
Age Limit: 18 – 30 years
Countries Accepted: New Zealand

London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom

Are you excited to go on your travel adventure yet? Get started your working holiday visas application today!

 

About Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.

95 comments

  1. Thanks for the tips, and for letting us know that there is actually a possibility to travel abroad without struggling to much, and on different perspective , I mean in the employer’s shoes. This is so amazing I think i Will really try this out.

    • My son, his friend and a girlfriend want to do a working holiday in Europe. They all hold South African passports. Where can they apply/go

      • Doesn’t seem like we can go anywhere 😭 Please let me know if you have found out any further information as I have looked and can’t find anything.

  2. Great summary of the various working holiday scenes! Wonder what my 33 year old boyfriend would make of the ‘some will accept applicants as old as 35’ 😉 It’s good you’ve put in a comment about conditions and programs changing….Jean Robert was unlucky with his UK visa – when he applied (January 2010) he could only work for 12 months of the 2 year length of the visa, now you can work throughout it! So we were kind of pushed to leave the UK to go to Canada.

  3. scenes = schemes….

  4. Anyone wishing to apply to Canada should be aware that this year’s quota is full for travellers from Great Britain and Ireland. My fiance was one of the last to get a visa! He was able to return to Toronto, but the job market is not so good.

    That said, I think working holiday visas are tops! I did a year in Ireland and a year in England and it was the best time of my life. I adored it and can’t wait to someday go back. I was in Ireland at the time of the Celtic Tiger (in it’s twilight months, to be sure, but things were still good) and had a great job. In the UK I worked in a beautiful heritage site, and got to travel to a massive number of fantastic places. I made lifelong friends, had great experiences, and generally expanded my world view.

  5. it looks like life would have been easier if i had been from new zealand. or anywhere but america 😉 at least singapore and south korea will take me in (sad thing is i only have a year left until im 30!)

  6. Thanks for the great tips. For recent college graduates in the current American economy, the job outlook is less than optimal. How great would it be for grads to travel and work, and not have to worry so much about “making it” in this economy. Thanks for highlighting these opportunities as another avenue available for college grads.

  7. Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have agreements with Canada for ages 18-35, not just 18-30.

  8. Americans could look at marrying a european or aussie that would help with options.

  9. hi, may i know that malaysian can apply for uk working holiday visa ? thank you.

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  12. Ireland has a working holiday agreement with Argentina also so Argentinians can travel and work in Irleand for a year.

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  14. what are options for USA citzens, which countries can they choose from? I have done the work/holiday in australia and I am 30 years old.

  15. G’day do you know if Australia is going to follow Canada and extend their WHV age restriction to 35 yrs like Canada has done ?

  16. its been always my desire to pursue my studies abroad but unluckily the philippines was not included but recently i heard NZ is opening for our country. i am currently working here in the middle east and hoping to get this chance. any advice please thanks

  17. I used to travel but fortunately, I can’t find my country ( Philippines ) was not included in the list. So sad to hear.

  18. Is there any other way to visit the country just for 3-6 month and to have a job to sustain our daily needs? I love to see the world out from my country ( Philippines ).

  19. Hey, I need some assistance if possible. I’m a Canadian under the age of 30, living in Canada at the time being, however I have received two different job offers in Switzerland. One is for a 12 month trainee program with an international corporation and the other is for a permanent position with a large firm. When I contacted the Swiss Consulate General’s office in Canada, I was told that only a few weeks ago, changes were made to the application process, whereby from now on all applications must be completed by the employer IN Switzerland, NOT in Canada. She said this essentially makes the process easier than before. The downfall is that she said the application time could take approx. 12-15 weeks – this is very hard to believe. If both positions begin in June, what’s the best solution?

  20. I just had a desire to be an Au Pair in NZ or AU. Sadly, my citizenship/country (Philippines) is not eligible to apply for Working Holiday Visa. :/ I guess i should have to wait for my dad’s PRV in NZ. I wonder how happy and blessed Kiwis are, I’m jealous. This website proves that New Zealand is really the friendliest country.

  21. i am an indian cititzen which country is suitable for me to get a work visa

  22. Anyone here who would like to apply under work holiday program in 2015, please send me your resume. We will provide the job offer with free flights and free accommodation for first 2 weeks. We are from McDonald’s in Alberta.

  23. I’ve been looking for working holiday visa. Iam planning to fly to Singapore next year and you hit me with your useful tips. Thanks!

  24. i am 36year old which country give working visa as im indian So plz give any sugestion

  25. The working holiday visa in the UK now called the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) (http://immigrationandmigration.com/tier-5-uk-visas/tier-5-uk-youth-mobility-scheme-visa/) and is now under the points based system. so if you meet the requirements of:

    – want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years
    – are aged 18 to 30
    – have £1,890 in savings
    – have certain types of British Nationality or are from certain countries
    – meet the other eligibility requirements

    You should be able to get through.

  26. Hi…
    My husband,my son and myself are actually wanting to Imigrate to either Australia or New Zealand. We are from South Africa and constantly living in fear. Is it possible or can we only go with a working visa and how do we go about it. Thanx

    • If you can prove that there is a risk to your life/well being you should be able to apply for a refugee status but it is not a very nice process and is hard with Australia and New Zealand. If you can speak English, line up a job with some one via the internet, line up somewhere to live and prove you will be able to support yourself and your family when you are in the country that all helps a lot. If it is possible to visit where you want to go first it may help line these things up and give you a real idea of what life there would actually be like. It may also help if you happy to move to a county town and not a city but the process is hard and not very nice. Good luck.

  27. Clarence Miranda

    Please provide a list of countries in which I can apply for a working holiday Visa with an Indian Passport.

  28. i am an indian cititzen which country is suitable for me to get a work visa

  29. I am Indian and i cannot find any country which provides Working Holiday visa to Indians. Plz tell me if there is one.

  30. i am 18 and i am a Jamaican………i have a lot of interest to work abroad can you help me please and thank you.

  31. Mau i know if Belguim accept a working visa holiday for philippines??please answer beck really need some help here…hope to hear from you soon.thanks and best regards
    commentluv

  32. Gosh glad I’m a Kiwi. Lots of options!

  33. please allow indians

  34. Hi … Good days!

    I’m Jane, from malaysia. My age 37 years young. I hope that I will have the opportunity to work with employer hire me in the future. Also I would like to have the opportunity to meet with employer and discuss how I might enhance.

    Thank you.

    Best wishes,
    Jane Siew

  35. what about india ? Is there any working holiday visa for indians ?

  36. I’m Christy from philippines, sad to know we’re not eligible base on this site. Few minutes ago, i was trying to search about WHVisa before i found this site.
    I’m a bit baffled because NZ is accepting WHVisa for filipino to the previous site i’ve visited.
    Will u pls help me to clear up my confusion.
    I guess this site would help me a lot
    Thank u..

  37. WAI MAR SU SU AUNG

    what about my myanmar national ? is there any working holiday visa for burma citizen ?

  38. I did research, I didnt find any country which offer indian holiday visa (nepal & bhutan excluded). I think, this a terrible situation.

  39. Hi I need a working holiday visa please can you help me to get a visa please I request you and give me information?

    • Hi Imran, Sorry, we are a travel blog and not a visa service so we provide the information in this post but we are not able to help you get a visa. Best of luck with it though!

  40. Darakhshan shera

    What about Pakistan. aren’t we humans or don’t deserve to grow

  41. Hello sir, am tunde from nigeria i need a free visa to any european country, this is my whatsapp number +2348039250949
    Please please help me out

  42. Rachel Hooker Kiwi 25

    I live in London Uk, I’m a New Zealander currently on a two year visa which expires in December in London. Can I apply for a visa for Dublin or Europe visa whilst in the Uk? Or any other visa? Rather tan tripping home and then back. I’m 25 years old,

  43. Hi 🙂

    (sorry but my english is vevry bad )

    I need youre help!!!!! I would like to know the time to come to Korea with the visa of working holiday, how you must prove that I get the money requested by the embassy? You can be with the bank statement to leave at the time for the application or I must again make this process the banking certificate before travelling? I should run this Friday 14 August and my trip is on 28 August – is the effect of this bank document?. please i need this information but I don’t know who to ask for safe travel!! Thanks you!

  44. Hello.

    You did not talked about Brazil, can you do a list please? Tha k you so much

  45. What about the requirement if you want to do working holiday in USA?

  46. I enjoy, lead to I found exactly what I used to be having a look for.
    You’ve ended my 4 dayy lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a
    greatt day. Bye

  47. am a Namibian and am 32 which country can i go to for a working holiday that will last for 6 moths only

  48. Team,

    I am Native India, I would like to relocate to other country which I can able to get holiday visa to work with that time period, I hope you people will not be able to get visa process, but I hope you people will help me out to get the best place to work as well as I had about 7years of Experience in Administration Facilities Physical Security Marketing Communications Branding, as well looking out for a job in any of the above Departments, I am immediate Available.
    My Contact Details:- +91 9840 676 759

  49. does any county offer for Indian citizen work and holiday visa ? pleas ans . if not pz suggest alternate option for work in overseas in absence of sponsorship visa..

  50. Sajeendran Thotten

    I am an Indian aged 48 years would like to travel all over the world while working in holiday visa options. Is this possible for a middle aged man?

    Please share expert opinion about this.

    Regards,

    • No. Unfortunately at your age it is not unless you get sponsorship from a company as a skilled worker or you have a job working for yourself that you can do as you travel (eg a IT work that you can do over the internet).

  51. Its really sad how not a single Arab country has made it anywhere on this list :l

    • I agree Hussam! I wish there were Working Holiday Visas offered in more countries, including in the Arab world, as it is a wonderful way for young people to learn about and experience each other’s culture.

  52. Being a New Zealanders has the most advantage here. Almost all countries you can apply for the working holiday visa. I spent my working holiday in New Zealand and ought to say it’s one of the best experience in my life. Magnificent country and spectacular nature. I just started a blog and summarizing most of my travel venture there. Do check out.

  53. Why there is no any opportunity for a Indian to get a travel and work Visa to any county.

  54. Great information, thank you!

  55. Such a nice and Helpful Article i am happy to reach you and Read your article. i share your article on my social media accounts and also bookmarked because its very helpful for me thanks for publish.

  56. Xavier Alexander

    India cannot work in India how can they get permit for other countries

  57. No scope for Indian citizens who want working holiday visa

  58. I’m Turga from Malaysia and am 27 which country can i go to for a working holiday that will last for 6 to 12 moths ?and also
    What about the requirement if you want to do working holiday

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