Working Holiday Visa in Hong Kong

About this visa

3 Simple Steps to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa in Hong Kong

The visa allows young travelers from the participating countries to work and travel in Hong Kong for up to one year! Below you will find an easy 3 step guide to apply for this working holiday visa in Hong Kong.

Participating countries

Hong Kong has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 12 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of Hong Kong and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.

With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • Live in Hong Kong for one year
  • Work for one employer for max. three months if you are from; Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany and Ireland
  • Work for one employer for max. six months if you are from; Sweden, Austria, France, Hungary, South Korea and Japan (If you have a British passport the max. time is 12 months)
  • Study or participate in a course for max. 3 months if you are from; Australia or New Zealand
  • Study or participate in a course for max. 6 months if you are from; Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan and South Korea (If you are British you can study for up to 12 months)


  1. You must hold a valid national passport issued by the participating country and is ordinarily residing in that participating country
  2. You must be aged between 18 and 30
  3.  Produce financial proof of having an amount sufficient for your maintenance during his/her proposed stay in the HKSAR, e.g. bank statement, saving accounts passbooks
  4. You must hold a return air ticket or financial proof of having sufficient funds to purchase a return air ticket
  5. You must agree to hold medical, healthcare (including hospitalisation), repatriation and liability insurance to remain in force throughout your stay in the HKSAR

Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.

How to apply

  • Normal processing time: 2 weeks
  • Visa fee: HK$ 190 (Free of Charge for Japanese, South Koreans and Irish passport holders)
  1. Collect all the required documents. See the checklist here
  2. Fill out the visa application form
  3. Submit the visa application form with the required documents via post to the HKSAR Immigration Department or via your nearest Chinese Embassy. See the list of which Chinese Embassies you can your visa application form to here

The immigration authority in Hong Kong for processing Working Holiday visa's is Immigration Department Hong Kong.

Go to: Immigration Department Hong Kong

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5 thoughts on “Working Holiday Visa in Hong Kong”

  1. I am currently a Canadian citizen, not currently living outside my home country.
    I was wondering what proof of acceptance to hold insurance would look like?
    Do I have to pay for Travel insurance now, or could I wait a bit?

  2. Hi,

    I am currently on a tourist visa in HK (I’m from Ireland) and thinking about applying for a working holiday visa to extend my stay. The end goal would be to upgrade to a full employment visa.
    Do you know of any immigration laws that would prevent this? If I get approved for the working holiday visa, work for a few months in various businesses and then get offered a permanent position in a company, can I end the working holiday visa early? I believe I would need to get sponsored by the new company with a GEP visa, but maybe you could confirm.

  3. for the financial proof and medical insurance policy, could we just submit a copy or it need to be certified true copy?

  4. If I am in Hong Kong, I am a uk citizen, and I have a working holiday visa, can I go back to the uk for 2 weeks and then return to Hong Kong on my visa?

  5. Hello, are you required to have the medical insurance for the application for the working holiday visa or can that be if your visa is approved?

    Also are you required to have proof of your flight ticket to Hong Kong for the visa application?

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