Working Holiday Visa (WHV)

Whether you call it the Working Holiday Visa, Working Holiday Work Permit, Working Holiday Program, Permis Vacances-Travail (use your best French accent) or WHV, all these names refer to the same global agreement.

What’s a Working Holiday Visa?

The WHV is available to young citizens from some 60 countries and it’s basically a temporary visa that allows you to discover a foreign country and work to supplement your travel funds. Every year, hundreds of thousands of 18-35 year-olds go on a WHV adventure.
WHV general eligibility requirements
Eligibility requirements depend on your country of citizenship and the country of destination. These are the basic requirements common to all countries.

You must be 18-30 years old (up to 35 years old for a few citizenships) when you apply for your WHV.


You must have a valid passport from one of the countries that signed a WHV agreement.

Sufficient funds

You need to leave with some money and the amount varies from one destination to another.

Health insurance

You must buy health insurance coverage for your trip. It is obligatory or strongly recommended (depending on the country). For more info...

Character requirement

Some countries simply ask background questions in the application while others require a police certificate.

Health requirement

Generally speaking, you must be “healthy.” Some countries require a medical certificate while others simply ask to fill out a questionnaire.

WHV destinations

Each country negotiates its WHV agreements individually.
Select your citizenship and age

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Why are Working Holiday experiences so popular?

To put it simply, because many, many people are eligible for a Working Holiday Visa! Admissibility is only based on age and citizenship. Applicants are not selected based on language skills, education level or professional background.
1 Working Holiday Visas are easy to get
For most destinations, getting a Working Holiday is pretty much a one-step process—just apply for it! However, remember that a few popular destinations have an annual cap on the number of Working Holiday Visas issued.
2 A Working Holiday Visa is a great way to fund your wanderlust.
It’s in the name, a Working Holiday Visa gives you the right to work abroad. And it’s much easier to cover the cost of backpacking or diving into a culture for several months when you can make some money on the road, right?
3 A Working Holiday Visa is a chance to improve your language skills
Is there a better way to learn a language or finally get decent conversational skills than living and working in French, Spanish, Japanese and more?
4 A Working Holiday Visa can boost your resume
Your foreign work experience offers an invaluable way to get noticed by employers once the adventure is over—it highlights your language skills and adaptability, among other assets.
5 A Working Holiday experience is also a personal adventure
Travelling halfway around the world or next door to a completely different culture is quite a challenge, and so is embarking on the adventure alone or without speaking the language at all. That’s how you’ll soon discover new skills you probably didn’t suspect you had.
And this is just a short list—in fact, we have 16 good reasons to apply for a Working Holiday visa!

Working Holiday FAQs

Find the answer to the most frequently asked questions about the Working Holiday program.
  • What’s a Working Holiday?

    A Working Holiday Visa allows you to work and travel in a member country of the Working Holiday program. A Working Holiday visa is much easier to get than a traditional work visa. If you’re between 18 and 30 (and even up to 35 for some destinations), you should check if you’re eligible for a Working Holiday visa!

  • Who can apply for a Working Holiday visa?

    The Working Holiday visa is available to millions of young people worldwide.

    Eligibility is only based on:

    - Your country of citizenship
    - Your age, i.e. 18 to 30 (up to 35 for several destinations and several citizenships)
    - The ability to provide proof of funds (usually €2,500-€3,500, or the equivalent in another currency)

    Unlike traditional work or immigration visas, applicants are not selected based on education, language skills or work experience.

    You don’t need to have any specific language or academic qualifications to be eligible.

  • What’s the age limit?

    Generally speaking, the cutoff is 30 years old, up to 35 years old for selected destinations and citizenships. The minimum age to participate is always 18.

    Age limits vary from one destination to another, since Working Holiday agreements are typically bilateral agreements between countries.

  • Where can I go?

    Enter your country of citizenship and your age to discover where you can go on a Working Holiday adventure.

    For instance, Canadians can enjoy the Working Holiday program in Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

  • How long can I stay abroad with a Working Holiday visa?

    Most Working Holiday Visas are valid for 12 months, although the agreement between certain countries may allow participants to stay up to 24 or even 36 months.

  • Can I enjoy different Working Holiday experiences in different countries?

    Absolutely, as long as you meet the requirements! So you could technically spend a year in France with a Working Holiday visa, then spend another 12 months in Australia and another year in Japan!

    (Please, share updates and pictures!)

    For more info, read How to Enjoy Multiple Working Holiday Adventures.

  • How can I apply for a Working Holiday visa?

    The application process and exact requirements vary from country to country—it can be online, by mail or in person. Note that you should always apply through official channels, i.e. embassies, consulates, etc. Don’t submit your application through a third party.

    - Step 1: check if you meet all eligibility requirements for the country you’d like to explore.
    - Step 2: review the application checklist and the documents you’ll have to provide.
    - Step 3: find out when you should apply (see below for more tips on that!)
    - Step 4: apply for your Working Holiday Visa.
    - Step 5: get ready for your adventure—buy your plane ticket and travel insurance, save money for your proof of funds, research your destination and more.

  • When should I submit my Working Holiday visa application?

    There are two factors to consider:

    - The annual limit: some destinations (e.g. Canada) only issue a limited number of Working Holiday visas every year. If the “cap” has been reached, you must wait a few months or a year to apply.
    - The deadline to activate your Working Holiday visa: once your Working Holiday visa is issued, you will have a specific timeframe—30 days, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months, depending on the destination—to travel to the destination and start your Working Holiday adventure. So don’t apply too early, otherwise, your Working Holiday visa could expire before you make it to your destination!

  • What do you mean by “quota” or “annual cap”?

    Some countries issue an unlimited number of Working Holiday visas and some have a limited number of spots available every year. For instance, Canada offers a limited number of Working Holiday Visas to foreign applicants but New Zealand has a “no quota” Working Holiday visa policy for Canadian citizens.

  • How much money am I required to have as “sufficient funds”?

    Destination countries typically require Working Holiday applicants to have “sufficient funds” to survive for the first few weeks or few months of their trip. The exact amount varies depending on the destination but it’s around €2000-€3000 (or the equivalent in another currency).

    Your proof of funds may be required when applying for your Working Holiday visa (e.g. Brazil) or upon landing (e.g. Canada).

  • How much does it cost to apply for a Working Holiday visa?

    You will have to budget for:

    - Working Holiday visa fees
    - A medical exam, if applicable
    - Miscellaneous application fees, if applicable (e.g. biometrics fee for Canada)
    - A passport
    - Passport pictures
    - Travel fees if you must apply in person to the nearest embassy

    You will also have to buy your plane ticket and travel insurance before your trip.

  • Working Holiday Visa as a student

    Whether you are a current student or a recent graduate, there is a way to spend a year (or even longer) in a foreign country. The WHV (Working Holiday Visa) allows young adults to live and work in eligible countries, where they can expand their personal and professional horizons. So if you want to take a gap year and live out the adventure of your dreams, here are all the details and conditions to know.