Europe is a large area housing a number of countries. After the Second World War the countries decided they did not ever want to go to war again and so the European Union (EU) was born. Being a member of the EU has many benefits including allowing citizens of EU member states (countries) allowed to move freely in other EU member states including being able to live, work, play and travel there. Check out www.europa.eu for more details. If you aren’t a citizen of an EU member states there are working holiday visas available for certain European countries. Read on to find out which ones.

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, 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.

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.

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

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

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

Germany

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens ofAustralia, Canada, Brazil, 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

Greece

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

Hungary

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

Italy

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens ofAustralia, 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

Latvia

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

Malta

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

Netherlands

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

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

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 and New Zealand
Length of stay: 
12 months
Age: 
18 to 30 years
Contact: 
your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Spain

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

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

As you can see there are a number of working holiday visas available however, if you are outside the working holiday age range don’t despair there are options available. Check out our Over 30 page for ideas. Enjoy living, working, playing and travelling in Europe.

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