40+ Countries With Working Holiday Visas in 2024

by | Last updated Nov 5, 2023 | Visas, Working Holiday Visa Destination

Want to know which countries have Working Holiday Visas in 2024? Read on. One way to live and work abroad is to go on a working holiday visa (WHV) – as long as you qualify, that is! And there are many countries with reciprocal working holiday visas, in fact about 40+ and this list grows each year. Countries around the globe offer working holiday visas exclusively to young adults, typically aged 18-30 or 18-35 years of age. With a working holiday visa in your passport you will be able to spend up to one year, sometimes two years, in the country where you can undertake work to help fund your travels. Sound good? Without further ado, read on and discover your next working holiday destination.

 

What is a Working Holiday Visa?

 

In general, a working holiday visa is a cultural exchange between countries. It allows travellers of a certain age, mostly 18-30 years or 18-35 years have an extended stay in another country. This is usually up to 1 or 2 years, sometimes 3 years now, where they can undertake work to support themselves while in the country and to fund further travels. Popular countries that offer working holiday visas include Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore among others.

 

Requirements and Eligibility of Working Holiday Visas

 

Requirements and eligibility for working holiday visas varies from country to country, but there are some general requirements you need to meet. Here’s a quick working holiday visa overview of the fundamentals of working holiday visas.

Nationality: You nationality influences which countries you can apply to for a working holiday visa. You must be a citizen of a country that has working holiday holiday visa agreements with other countries.

Age: Working holiday visas are aimed at young adults. You need to be between 18 and 30 years old, although some countries allow applicants up to 35 years of age.

Proof of Funds: To apply for a working holiday visa you need to prove you have sufficient funds in your bank account to cover your initial expenses of your stay. This amount varies from country to country.

Health Insurance: Most countries require you to have valid health insurance for the duration of your stay. Some countries may even request you have medical exams including a chest x-ray as part of your application.

 

Two Types of Working Holiday Visas

 

There are two types of working holiday visa, the Working Holiday visa and the Work and Holiday visa. Here are the main differences.

 

Differences between the Working Holiday and the Work and Holiday Visa

 

Both the Working Holiday and the Work and Holiday Visa are basically a residence permit. If you qualify for one you can undertake employment in the country issuing the visa to supplement your travel funds. Sometimes there are restrictions on the type of work you can do in some of the countries. This is why you often here of typical ‘backpacker jobs’.

The main difference between the two visas is the Work and Holiday Visa is aimed at students or recently qualified tertiary students. Where as the Working Holiday Visa is aimed at anyone aged between 18-30 (sometimes 35) years of age. Both visas allow you to undertake work while you are living in a particular destination. 

 

Working Holiday Visa at a glance

 

In general:

  • Your main intention is to holiday and take incidental work.
  • Must be 18 to 30 years (sometimes 18 to 35 years) inclusive at the time of your application.
  • Be single or married without children.
  • Prove you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your initial stay.
  • Have a return and or onward ticket or sufficient funds so you can leave the country at the end of your stay.
  • Each country issues a working holiday visa once in your life time. So make the most of your time. Most countries allow you to stay for 12 months. Some allow a stay of up to 24 months.

 

Work and Holiday Visa at a glance

 

In general:

  • Your main intention is to holiday and take incident work.
  • Be 18 to 30 years (sometimes 18 to 35 years) inclusive at the time of your application.
  • Hold a tertiary qualification or be studying full-time
  • Speak English
  • Obtain a letter of support from your Government.

 

Application and Documentation to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa

 

To apply for a working holiday visa, you will need to follow the application process which is roughly:

  • check if your desired destination country offers this type of visa to your nationality. You can do this only by going to the country’s official site that provides visas.
  • find out what documents and information are required from you to apply for the working holiday visa. At this time check the expiry date of your passport. Ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay and ideally, an additional six months beyond this is ideal. If you don’t have long validity on your passport, consider applying for a new one.
  • gather your documents and information.
  • fill in the application form and provide copies of documents. Follow their instructions closely to avoid delays or having your application rejected.
  • pay the application fee. This fee will vary from country to country.
  • wait while your application is processed, and hopefully hear you have successfully gained a working holiday visa.

 

What Working Holiday Visas Give You

 

If you successfully apply for and receive a working holiday visa you will be allowed to:

  • Live and work in the working holiday destination for up to 1, 2 or 3 years.
  • You can apply for and undertake work to support yourself while in the country and to fund further travels.
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and meet new people, enjoy different foods and travel around the country.
  • Have the opportunity to travel around neighbouring countries.
  • Potentially enhance your CV for the future.

 

Don’t Qualify for Working Holiday Visas

 

Over 30 or 35? Don’t worry if you don’t qualify for a working holiday and or work and holiday visa. There are still many work opportunities available to you to live and work abroad. Read my Over 30 Work and Travel Options post here. Also check out my comprehensive list of countries with a digital nomad visa. They don’t have an age limit on them, but they do require you to be making money online. Get the lowdown on digital nomad visas here.

 

Countries With Working Holiday Visas

 

The list of countries which offer working holiday visas and work and holiday visas is huge. This is great because you will have a lot of choice when it comes to where you can go. Some citizens of some countries have more choice than others. Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and those from the UK have more choice than some others as their governments have negotiated working holiday visas with a number of countries.

 

Working Holiday Visas By Region

 

To help you decide what country to apply to, you may want to know what region they are in.

 

Asia-Pacific Region

Several countries offer working holiday visas in the Asia-Pacific region including: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

 

Europe Region

Many countries in the European region have working holiday visas available including: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom,

 

North America & South America Regions

In North America, Canada is the primary destination for a working holiday visa. To the United States of America the working holiday visa is a new concept and it does not have many reciprocal agreements in place. It does have a Work and Holiday Visa available with Australia and you can get a J1 or J2 visa to work in the US for a short time.

You will have more luck getting a working holiday visa in South American countries including: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay,

 

Working Holiday Visas by Nationality

 

Some nationalities have more working holiday visas available to them. And we seem to be nationalities who love to live and work abroad and have embraced the opportunity. I know I did. I went to the UK on a working holiday as well as New Zealand. Popular nationalities include:

Australia: Working Holiday Visas for Australians: Australia has over 40 reciprocal working holiday visas in place.

New Zealand: Working Holiday Visas for New Zealanders: Like Australia, New Zealand has over 40 reciprocal working holiday visas in place.

United Kingdom: Working Holiday Visas for citizens of the United Kingdom: Like Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom has over 40 reciprocal working holiday visas in place.

Canada: Working Holiday Visas for Canadians: Like Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Canadians love to travel and Canada has over 40 reciprocal working holiday visas in place.

USA: Working Holiday Visas for Americans: Working holiday visas are relatively new to America, I’m not sure why, America only has a few reciprocal working holiday agreements in place including one with Australia.

 

Countries With a Working Holiday Visa or Work and Holiday Visa

 

Following is an alphabetical list of countries with a working holiday and or work and holiday visa arrangement.

NOTE: These working holiday visa requirements are subject to change. Also, countries are negotiating working holiday visas and more arrangements are becoming available all the time. 

TIP: Before applying for a working holiday visa do your own research and ensure you understand what is involved.

The following working holiday visa destinations are listed in alphabetical order.

 

Argentina

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-30 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest Embassy of Argentina for more details and to apply

 

Australia

Visa: Working Holiday (Subclass 417)
Available to citizens of: United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Taiwan
Visa: Work and Holiday (Subclass 462)
Available to citizens of: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Turkey, Thailand, Uruguay, USA
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-30 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest Australian High Commission or Consulate for more details and to apply
Australia also has the Trans-Tasman Agreement with New Zealand allowing New Zealanders to come to Australia to live and work.

 

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Two Kangaroos To Meet On A Australia Working Holiday.

 

Principality of Andorra

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Principality of Andorra.

 

Austria

Visa: Working Holiday (which only permits study)
Available to citizens of: Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan
Length of stay: 6 months and 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Austria.
Austria currently has a youth workers exchange program available to Canadian students and graduates aged between 18 And 30 allowing them to stay in Austria for up to 6 months to gain experience in Tourism, Agriculture And Forestry. You must be a Canadian who is a full-time post-secondary students and/or graduate, 18-30 years of age. Part-time and high school students not eligible.

 

Bangladesh

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years (inclusive)
Other: Meet health and character requirements. Have no dependent children accompanying you. Have a return ticket or sufficient funds for a return or onward fare
Contact: Your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Bangladesh

 

Belgium

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Belgium

 

Brazil

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: France, Germany, South Korea and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-30 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Brazil for more details and to apply

 

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Canada

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Length of stay: 12 months-24 months, depending on country arrangement
Aged: 18-30 years, some up to 35 years depending on country arrangement inclusive
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Brazil for more details and to apply

 

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Mountains And Lakes To Discover On A Working Holiday In Canada

 

Chile

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, South Korea, New Zealand and Sweden
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-30 years inclusive (or 35 years in the case of Canada and Hungary)
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Chile for more details and to apply
Types of work for working holiday makers: Teaching English, working in the ski resorts, volunteering
Also citizens of Colombia, Mexico and Peru can apply to the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru) for a work and holiday visa in Chile

 

China

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years inclusive
Contact: Nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate for more details and to apply

 

Columbia

Visa: Work and Holiday
Available to citizens of: France
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-30 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Columbia for more details and to apply
Citizens of Chile, Mexico and Peru can apply to the Pacific Alliance  (Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru) for a work and holiday visa in Columbia

 

Costa Rica

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Canada
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-35 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Costa Rica for more details and to apply

 

Croatia

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Canada and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Croatia.

 

Cyprus

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 25 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Cyprus

 

Czech Republic

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Czechoslovakia

 

Denmark

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of:  Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Danish Embassy or Consulate

 

Europe (European Union, EU)

Europe does not have a working holiday but individual countries do. They are: Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

Europe is made up of a number of countries and when they belong to the EU they can live and work in each other’s country. EU countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Check out the offical European Union website at www.europa.eu

 

Estonia

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Canada and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years (18 to 35 years for Canadians)
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Estonia

 

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Beautiful Tallinn Skyline With Spired Buildings To Discover On Your Estonia Working Holiday.

 

Finland

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of:  Australia, Japan and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Finnish Embassy or Consulate

 

France

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia (4 months) and Taiwan
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years (35 years in some cases)
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of France

 

READ MORE: France Working Holiday

 

France's national colours are Red White And Blue. Experience An Extended Stay In France On A France Working Holiday Visa.

 

Germany

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years (35 years for Canada)
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Germany

 

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Two Girls Dressed In Traditional German Clothes Drinking Beer And Enjoying A Pretzel On Their Germany Working Holiday.

 

Greece

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia and Canada
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Greece

 

Hong Kong

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years at the time of application
Other: be of good health and good character
Contact: Nearest Embassy or Consulate of Hong Kong

 

Hungary

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Korea
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Hungary

 

Iceland

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of:  
Australia
Length of stay:
12 months
Age:
18 to 30 years
Contact:
your nearest Icelandic Embassy or Consulate

 

Indonesia

Visa: Work and Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia – capped at 1000
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years at time of the application
Contact: Nearest Indonesian Consulate

 

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Ireland (Republic of)

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, United States of America and Taiwan
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Ireland

 

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Israel

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, South Korea
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Israel

 

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Italy

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea
Length of stay: 12 months (24 months for Canadian citizens)
Age: 18 to 30 years (35 years for Canadian citizens
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Italy

 

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Japan

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Denmark, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway,Taiwan, Hong Kong (SAR), Ireland, Slovakia, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom
Length of stay: 12 months, pls note a one year visa may be granted to citizens of Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, South Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Finland and United Kingdom. A 6-month visa may be granted to citizens of Australia which can be extended twice and once for citizens of New Zealand and Canada.
Age: 18 to 30 years at the time of application
Contact: Nearest Embassy or Consulate of Japan

 

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Latvia

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Canada and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Latvia

 

Lithuania

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years inclusive
Contact: Nearest Embassy or Consulate of Lithuania

 

Malaysia

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years inclusive
Contact: Nearest Embassy or Consulate of Malaysia

 

Malta

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Malta

 

Mexico

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Canada, France, Germany, South Korea and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-29 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Mexico for more details and to apply
Citizens of Chile, Colombia, Peru are eligible for the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru) working holiday visa in Mexico

 

Netherlands

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of:
 Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Korea
Length of stay: 12 months
Age:
18 to 30 years, up to 35 years of age depending on country arrangements
Contact:
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Netherlands

 

READ MORE: Netherlands Working Holiday

 

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New Zealand

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vietnam.
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years, up to 35 years of age depending on country arrangements
Contact: your nearest New Zealand Consulate

 

READ MORE: New Zealand Working Holiday

 

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Norway

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of:  
Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years (35 years depending on country agreement)
Contact: 
your nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate

 

Peru

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-30 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Peru for more details and to apply
Citizens of Chile, Colombia, Mexico are eligible for the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru) working holiday visa in Peru

 

Philippines

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years inclusive
Contact: Nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines

 

Poland

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: 
Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years (18 to 35 years for Canadians)
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Poland

 

Portugal

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: 
Australia, Japan and South Korea
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Portugal

 

Romania

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: 
South Korea
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Romania

 

Russia

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of:
France
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Russia

 

South Korea

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and The United States
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 25 or 30 years inclusive (depending on country of origin)
Other: If granted, you may not be employed as receptionist, dancer, singer, musician, acrobat etc. Also not at places of entertainment which might endanger good morals and manners. Or engage in types of business which go against the tenor of the agreement. This could be not to provide medical treatment and other professions which require certain qualifications in accordance with South Korean domestic law.
Contact: Nearest Embassy or Consulate of South Korea

 

Singapore

Visa: Work and Holiday
Available to undergraduates and graduates from universities and equivalent institutions of: Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 17 to 30 years inclusive
Contact: Nearest Embassy or Consulate of Singapore

 

Slovakia

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: 
Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Slovakia

 

Slovenia

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: 
New Zealand
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Slovenia

 

Spain

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of:
Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Spain

 

Sweden

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of:  
Australia, Canada, Chile New Zealand and South Korea
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Swedish Embassy or Consulate

 

READ MORE: Sweden Working Holiday

 

A Working Holiday in Sweden Will Let You Stay In Sweden For Up To A Year. Sweden's Flag Is Blue And Yellow.

 

Switzerland

Visa: Youth Mobility Program
Available to citizens of: 
Canada with a secondary education and have completed a 2-year training, or study at a post-secondary institution, or have completed your post-secondary studies
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 35 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Switzerland

 

Taiwan

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, United Kingdom and Ireland
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years inclusive
Contact: Nearest Embassy or Consulate of Taiwan

 

Thailand

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years inclusive
Other: have tertiary qualifications (full time courses with at least 3 years of study)
Contact: Australian citizens should contact the Thai Consulate in Sydney. New Zealand citizens should contact the Thai Embassy in Wellington.

 

Turkey

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: 
Australia and New Zealand
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Turkey

 

United Kingdom

Visa: Tier 5 Mobility Scheme Visa
Available to citizens of: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Taiwan or Republic of Korea
Length of stay: 24 months
Aged: 18-30 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest British High Commission or Consulate

The United Kingdom also has an Ancestry Visa available. So if you have British parents or grand parents you could apply for an Ancestry Visa.

 

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Uruguay

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, France and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Aged: 18-30 years inclusive
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Uruguay for more details and to apply

 

Vietnam

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years inclusive
Contact: nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam

 

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Over 30 Years of Age

 

If you have read this and found you are outside of the age range for a working holiday don’t despair as there are work and travel options available to you. I acknowledge there aren’t as many as if you were in your 20s but there still is many work and travel opportunities when you are in your 30s and above.

 

READ MORE: Over 30 Years of Age – Your Work and Travel Options

 

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Backpacker and Traveller Jobs

 

There are a number of typical backpacker and traveller jobs that people on a working holiday visa usually do. These include, but are not limited to office administration work, accounting and banking, fruit and vegetable picking and working in a bar, cafe or restaurant. Read more about typical backpacker jobs and how to find one here.

 

Are You Ready for a Working Holiday?

 

Working Holiday Visas provide a fantastic opportunity for you to experience living and working in another country. As you can see there are many countries with a working holiday visa and / or work and holiday visa arrangement available. So now is the time to get out there and enjoy a working holiday destination as you work and travel around the world. If you discover any changes to those listed, or know of any new country working holiday visas not listed, please let me know so I can keep this list of countries with a working holiday visa up-to-date. If you have been on a working holiday I would love to hear in the comments following.

 

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Sharyn McCullum – Travel Writer / Blogger, Remote On-line Worker, sometime Digital Nomad and Travel, Live and Work Abroad Expert. Is a chocoholic, coffee connoisseur and lover of ’80s music. Been travelling all her life thanks to her dad who worked for an airline. Lived in London 4 years on a working holiday. Has holidayed in Hawaii over 15 times and currently calls Melbourne, Australia home. Is inspiring others to get the live work play travel lifestyle with this blog. Read more about Sharyn here.

15 Comments

  1. Char

    Wow really informative post! I had no idea how many countries offered this type of visa. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and as I’m approaching 29, I really need to get cracking with decisions on where I’d go. Thank you very much for this!

    Reply
    • Sharyn McCullum

      It is pretty amazing to think of all the countries that now have a reciprocal working holiday visa available. The world is your oyster.

      Reply
  2. Jessica

    So cool! I wish I knew about this when I graduated college, would have been a really cool way to explore the world.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Yep. Even though you might be over the working holiday visa age range there are still plenty of options open to you.

      Reply
  3. Sarah Arnstein

    This post is such a wealth of knowledge! Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    • Sharyn McCullum

      Thank you. The aim is to provide the latest working holiday destinations.

      Reply
  4. sydney

    This is a great post! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Reply
    • Sharyn McCullum

      Thanks. It took a long time to update – but well worth it.

      Reply
  5. Hannah

    This is such a comprehensive guide! I’ve never applied for a working holiday visa but I wouldn’t even know where to start! This is such a valuable resource for any digital nomad or someone planning on working abroad! Thanks for sharing it!

    Reply
    • Sharyn McCullum

      There are so many working holiday options nowadays, which is great.

      Reply
  6. Tess

    This is so informative! Great summary. I’m under 30 but my husband has hit 31 so I feel like we have missed our opportunity for a working holiday somewhere in the world – but then again we love Australia so much it is difficult to leave!

    Reply
  7. Ummi Nadrah

    What an informative post! When I was younger, I had always dreamed of going on a working holiday, but as a Malaysian without a tertiary education, my options were pretty limited. Now I’m too old for it, but I still enjoy reading or listening to other people’s experiences.

    Reply
  8. Nina

    This is such a great article. I’ve used working holiday visas in most Common Wealth countries and loved my experiences. I think it’s such a great opportunity for young people to gain experience while travelling the world.

    Reply
    • Sharyn McCullum

      So true. It is quite easy to undertake a number of working holiday visas and move from country to country.

      Reply

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