Australia and the Philippines Open Doors for Work & Holiday Visas

Australia and the Philippines Open Doors for Work & Holiday Visas

Australia and the Philippines have reached a new reciprocal work and holiday visa agreement, allowing citizens of both countries to look for employment in the host country while on holiday.

The deal was signed during an official visit of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on September 8. Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo and Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Hae Kyong Yu signed the deal. 

The agreement comes as part of their efforts to increase the economic, cultural, and people-to-people links between the two countries. 

The new visa scheme's start date has yet to be revealed.

Details of the Visa Scheme

According to the Philippine Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), both Manila and Canberra will be issuing multiple entry visas that allow citizens to work during their stay for a non-extendable period of not more than one year. 

The visa is only open to Filipinos and Australians who are 18 to 31 years old and are graduates of tertiary education or have at least finished two years of undergraduate study or post-secondary education. 

Applicants should also “meet health, character, and national security requirements and have medical and health insurance for the duration of their stay.” 

The 12-month countdown begins on the first date of entry. 

“Work and Holiday visa holders who work during their visit pursuant to this arrangement will be covered by the same diplomatic labor laws of the host government as local workers, subject to the employment conditions,”

The Philippine MOU 

Australia’s Home Affairs Department said visitors should have enough money to support themselves while in Australia, which would cost around AUD5,000 or approximately P180,862.

To know more about Working Holiday Visa schemes, check out which countries offer this visa scheme.

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