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Working Holiday Visa in Japan Assistance

To work in Japan you will need to apply for your Working Holiday visa. Part of BUNAC's support will be to guide you through this process, making the whole process easy and stress-free.

COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 there are some additional steps in the application process, as well as some pre and on arrival quarantine rules you will need to follow.

  • You will be required to have a pledge letter. This letter will be provided by our in-country partners. This holds them responsible for ensuring you follow all the COVID-19 quarantine rules on arrival, in addition to supporting you through your entire stay in Japan.
  • For UK nationals only there will be additional visa application documents required by the embassy. There is an extra fee of £180 for this.
  • A negative PCR COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to travel
  • A negative test on arrival to Japan
  • You will need to quarantine for 15 nights on arrival. Our partners have located a hotel within 5 minutes of our Tokyo support centre ( Approx £375 - £400 for the 15 nights)
  • Private transfer to the hotel (Narita approx. £90 / Haneda £40)
  • Passport Visa collection service from BUNAC after appointment (£40)

Check our Travel Advice page for up-to-date information on Japan and applying for your working holiday visa.

To live and work in Japan, you will need to be eligible for a Japan Working Holiday Visa. Please see below for the eligibility and key visa information based on what nationality passport you hold.

Australia

Age / Eligibility |
:- | :-

  • 18-30 |
  • Must be living in Australia to apply |
  • Must hold an Australian passport |

Visa Duration |
:- | :-

  • The visa is valid for a total of 12 months |
  • You will initially be granted with a 6 month visa and you then have to apply for the extension to be 12 months, before your visa expired |
  • You have to apply for your visa extension while you are in Japan |
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday in your lifetime

Visa Costs |
:- | :-

  • Visa: Free of Charge for Australian nationals |
  • Support funds: AU$2,500 and a return / onward flight OR AU$3,500 if entering Japan on a one way flight |
  • Please note that support funds are subject to change by the Japanese Government and can vary from State to State. You can check here to see the most up to date information. |

The Visa allows you to: |
:- | :-

  • Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months |
  • Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours |

Visa Application |
:- | :-

  • Our Work Japan program includes all the support you need to obtain your Japanese Working Holiday visa |
  • You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns or Perth to obtain your visa |
  • You can apply for your visa for up to 1 year prior to departure |
Austria

Age / Eligibility |
:- | :-

  • 18-30 |
  • Must be living in Austria to apply |
  • Must hold an Austrian passport |

Visa Duration |
:- | :-

  • The visa is valid for a total of 12 months |
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday in your lifetime

Visa Costs |
:- | :-

  • Visa: Free of Charge for Austrian nationals |
  • Support funds: Subject to change by the Japanese Government and vary depending on flight details. You can check here to see the most up to date information. |

The Visa allows you to: |
:- | :-

  • Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months |
  • Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours |

Visa Application |
:- | :-

  • You will need to apply for your visa yourself via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs |
  • You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Vienna to obtain your visa |
  • There are only 200 visas available to Austrian nationals each year. We advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment |
Germany

Age / Eligibility |
:- | :-

  • 18-30 |
  • Must be living in Germany to apply |
  • Must hold an German passport |

Visa Duration |
:- | :-

  • The visa is valid for a total of 12 months |
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday in your lifetime

Visa Costs |
:- | :-

  • Visa: Free of Charge for German nationals |
  • Support funds: EUR2,000 and a paid return flight OR EUR3,200 and a paid one way flights |
  • Support funds are subject to change and vary depending on flight details. Please check here for the most up to date information |

The Visa allows you to: |
:- | :-

  • Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months |
  • Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours |

Visa Application |
:- | :-

  • BUNAC will help you obtain your Visa |
  • You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich or Hamburg to obtain your visa |
  • You must have proof of travel insurance at the time of Visa application |
  • You must be able to show your travel ticket to Japan when you make your application |
Ireland

Age / Eligibility |
:- | :-

  • 18-30 |
  • Must be living in the Republic of Ireland to apply |
  • Must hold an Irish passport |

Visa Duration |
:- | :-

  • The visa is valid for a total of 12 months |
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday Visa in your lifetime

Visa Costs |
:- | :-

  • Visa: Free of Charge for Irish nationals |
  • Support funds: EUR 1,600 and a paid return flight OR EUR 3,200 and a paid one way flight |
  • Support funds are subject to change by the Japanese Government and vary depending on flight details. Please check here for the most up to date information |

The Visa allows you to: |
:- | :-

  • Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months |
  • Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours |

Visa Application |
:- | :-

  • BUNAC will help you obtain your Visa |
  • You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Dublin to obtain your visa |
  • You must have proof of travel insurance at the time of Visa application |
  • Visas are limited for Irish nationals, so we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment |
New Zealand

Age / Eligibility |
:- | :-

  • 18-30 |
  • Must be living in New Zeland to apply |
  • Must hold an New Zealand passport |

Visa Duration |
:- | :-

  • The visa is valid for a total of 12 months |
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday Visa in your lifetime

Visa Costs |
:- | :-

  • Visa: Free of Charge for New Zealand nationals |
  • Support funds: NZ$3,000 and a paid return flight OR NZ$4,000 and a paid one way flight |
  • Support funds are subject to change by the Japanese Government and vary depending on flight details. Please check here for the most up to date information |

The Visa allows you to: |
:- | :-

  • Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months |
  • Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours |

Visa Application |
:- | :-

  • BUNAC will help you obtain your Visa |
  • You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to obtain your visa |
  • You must have proof of travel insurance at the time of Visa application |
  • You can apply for your visa up to 1 year prior to departure |
United Kingdom

Age / Eligibility |
:- | :-

  • 18-30 |
  • Must hold a British passport |
  • Must be a resident of the UK to apply |
  • Must have lived in the UK for at least 1 year prior to applying (e.g you can't do an extended stay in another country - such as another working holiday - 12 months prior to being issued your working holiday visa for Japan). |

Visa Duration |
:- | :-

  • The visa is valid for a total of 12 months |
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday Visa in your lifetime

Visa Costs |
:- | :-

  • Visa: £20 |
  • Support funds: £1,500 and a paid return flight OR £2,500 with no confirmed onward flight |
  • Support funds are subject to change by the Japanese Government and vary depending on flight details. Please check here for the most up to date information |

The Visa allows you to: |
:- | :-

  • Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months |
  • Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours |

Visa Application |
:- | :-

  • BUNAC will help you obtain your Visa |
  • You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in London to obtain your visa. Applicants living in Scotland and North of Lancaster / Darlington are able to go to the Embassy of Japan in Edinburgh |
  • We recommend that you apply within 3 months of your intended flight date to Japan, however you are allocated 12 months to travel and enter Japan after your visa is granted |
  • Visas are limited so we recommend you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment |

All other eligible passport holders:

For all other passport holders, please click the below links to find out more about your eligibility for the Japan working holiday visa.

If you do not see your nationality listed below, unfortunately you are not eligible for a Japan working holiday visa or our Work Japan program.

Eligible Passport Holders .
Argentina Canada
Chile Czech Republic
Denmark France
Hong Kong Hungary
Iceland Lithuania
Norway Poland
Portugal Republic of Korea
Slovakia Spain