To participate in the working holiday programmes, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements.
[Note]The requirements may differ depending on the nationality of the applicant. Further information on visa application procedures can be obtained from Embassies or Consulates-General of Japan in your country/region or Interchange Association (e.g. Taipei Office or Kaohsiung Office).
For nationals from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Iceland, Czech or Lithuania the applicant must be currently residing in his or her country of nationality; for a resident in Hong Kong, the applicant must possess a valid HKSAR or British National Overseas passport; for a resident in Taiwan, the applicant must possess a valid passport of Taiwan.
The interested applicant must intend primarily to spend a holiday in Japan for a specific length of time. They will have to be between 18 and 30 years of age both inclusive at the time of application for the visa.
As for Australia, Canada and the Republic of Korea, the applicant should be between 18 and 25 years of age except in those cases where the competent authorities of Japan agree to extend the limitation of age to 30 years.
In the case of Iceland, the applicant should be between 18 and 26 years of age.
Other requirements include:
- Applicants should not be accompanied by dependents or children.
- Possessing a valid passport of his or her country/region and a return travel ticket or sufficient funds with which to purchase such a ticket is also necessary.
- Possessing reasonable funds for the maintenance of his/her stay during the initial period of stay in Japan.
- Being in good health.
- Never having been issued a Japanese working holiday visa in the past.