HK-The Netherlands, HK-France and HK-Ireland Working Holiday Schemes for young people

Working holiday schemes provides opportunities for youths to enrich their global exposure and broaden their horizons through the scheme.

Hong Kong – The Netherlands Working Holiday Scheme

The Working Holiday Scheme between Hong Kong and the Netherlands will commence operation on January 1, 2019. Under the scheme, youths from each side will be able to apply for a visa, which will allow them to stay in the Netherlands or Hong Kong for up to 12 months. During the period, they may work to finance their stay or study short-term courses. There will be an annual quota of 100 from each side.

Details of visa application procedures for applicants from Hong Kong will be available on the website of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong at in due course. Applicants from the Netherlands may contact the Hong Kong Immigration Department by telephone on 2824 6111 or obtain the necessary information from the department's website

For more information on the signing of the Working Holiday Scheme between Hong Kong and the Netherlands please consult the press release:

Hong Kong – France Working Holiday Scheme

Under the France-Hong Kong Working Holiday Scheme, Hong Kong/French people aged between 18 and 30 may apply for a Working Holiday visa to visit France/Hong Kong. Successful applicants may stay in Hong Kong/France for up to 12 months, during which they can take up short-term employment of not more than six months with the same employer, and/or engage in a study course(s) of up to six months.

Hong Kong applicants are welcome to visit the website of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau for further details. French applicants may refer to the Hong Kong Immigration Department's website at

Hong Kong – Ireland Working Holiday Scheme

Hong Kong has had a similar agreement with Ireland since 2005. The annual quota under the Ireland-Hong Kong Working Holiday Scheme is 200.

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