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Working Holiday Schemes reopening

From Monday 14 March, employers across the country will have access to more workers and the tourism sector will benefit from more visitors with the Working Holiday Schemes (WHS) reopening.

This is part of step 2 of the Government’s plan to reconnect New Zealand with the world.

Reopening the New Zealand border

Visa applications for all the schemes will reopen in stages, with all uncapped schemes, which account for around three quarters of all working holidaymakers, opening for applications at 10am on Monday 14 March (NZ time) and capped schemes being staggered after that.

All schemes will reopen by 13 September.

Before COVID-19 New Zealand welcomed around 50,000 working holidaymakers to New Zealand each year. Reopening our border to working holidaymakers will provide seasonal sectors like tourism, hospitality and the primary industries with access to more workers.

Approximately 19,500 people offshore who previously held a Working Holiday Visa but were unable to use it because of the border restrictions will be granted a new visa on 13 March. They will need to travel to New Zealand within the next six months (before 13 September 2022).

These people will receive an email saying they have been granted a new visa on 14 March.

Working holiday scheme reopening dates

Working holiday scheme Opening date Number of people per year
Belgium 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Canada 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Denmark 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Finland 14 March 2022 Unlimited
France 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Germany 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Ireland 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Italy 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Netherlands 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Norway 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Sweden 14 March 2022 Unlimited
United Kingdom 14 March 2022 Unlimited
USA 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Japan 14 March 2022 Unlimited
Malaysia 16 March 2022 1150
Portugal 17 March 2022 50
Mexico 22 March 2022 200
Estonia 30 March 2022 100
Philippines 31 March 2022 100
Hong Kong 5 April 2022 400
Slovenia 7 April 2022 100
Hungary 20 April 2022 100
Spain 21 April 2022 200
Slovakia 3 May 2022 100
Austria 4 May 2022 100
Luxembourg 10 May 2022 50
Poland 11 May 2022 100
Korea 17 May 2022 3000
Latvia 24 May 2022 100
Czech 31 May 2022 1200
Israel 7 June 2022 200
Singapore 14 June 2022 200
Taiwan 23 June 2022 600
China 30 June 2022 1000
Malta 6 July 2022 50
Lithuania 7 July 2022 100
Thailand 14 July 2022 100
Turkey 21 July 2022 100
Vietnam 4 August 2022 100
Croatia 10 August 2022 100
Peru 11 August 2022 100
Brazil 18 August 2022 300
Argentina 30 August 2022 1000
Chile 6 September 2022 940
Uruguay 13 September 2022 200