4 Countries advising Temporary Visa Holders What to do

Australia, Germany, Canada and New Zealand are helping young travelers who are stuck in their country during this COVID-19 situation.

In this uncertain COVID-19 time, it can be difficult for Temporary visa holders to understand what to do, when you are stuck in a country you were only meant to stay in during your working holiday year / study abroad year.

Below you will find information about what to do next, when stranded in Germany, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.


Berlin, Germany

According to Schengenvisainfo.com, Germany has announced that

Holders of expired Schengen visas who are stuck in Germany since March because of the Coronavirus outbreak and unable to go home still, due to existing travel restrictions and absence of travel means, will be able to continue staying in Germany until September 30


If you are a Working Holiday Visa Holder, Schengen Visa Holder or Student Visa Holder and you currently reside in Germany, you can stay in Germany until September 30th 2020. However, it’s unclear if you are able to stay after September 30th 2020 with a visa which was meant to expire after September.

We will therefore recommend you to contact the German Authorities to clarify your visa situation. Find your nearest German Immigration Authority here


Working Holiday Makers in Australia are able to extend their working holiday visa for another year if they meet the following requirements

Blue Mountains, Australia

If you are not able to return to your home country after the expiry date of your working holiday visa, you are able to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic event visa. You can apply for this visa here


Backpackers who are stuck in Canada have the opportunity to extend their temporary visa, if they are not able to travel home. If you wish to find out how to extend your visa, find out more here


New Zealand

According to New Zealand Immigration Department young travelers must adhere to the following;

Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020 inclusive who were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have had their visas extended to 25 September 2020.

New Zealand Immigration Department
New Zealand

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Where to travel to next in Europe?

Greece , Belgium and Iceland will be reopening their borders for international travelers on 15th June.

International travelers are now able to travel to some European countries as EU countries are starting to re-open their borders after the strict border restrictions and non-essential travel rules.

Europeans will be able to eat their way through Italy, sail along the Albanian Riviera and take a hike in one of Austria’s many national parks as the countries will open their borders for international travelers.

Albania and Italy have reopened their borders for international travelers.

The following countries are likely to reopen their borders on 15th June for EU Citizens:

Austria‘s borders are already open for EU citizens(You must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. It costs 190 EUR)

Spain will gradually be reopening their borders from the beginning of July for international travelers. The exact date is yet to be announced.

You will soon be able to visit Europe’s favorite destinations again

Learn more about the EU’s border re-openings here

**The above information is subject to change due to the uncertainty of the development of COVID-19 in the above listed countries.

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