A working holiday visa, also known as the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa, is a special visa for young people to visit Taiwan for work, education and traveling. Generally for people between the ages of 18 and 30 (until 35 years old for Canada, Slovakia and Hungary), the visa allows participants to stay in Taiwan for up to one year. Holders of a Working Holiday Visa in Taiwan are allowed to work in part-time jobs, and many also join language centers to learn Chinese, so it presents an amazing opportunity to get a rich understanding of Taiwan’s culture and way of life.
Each country has an annual quota system for the number of people that can visit Taiwan on working holidays. This generally doesn’t present issues for those coming from Europe, but spots get filled up much quicker for countries that are nearby in Asia. If getting a working holiday visa is vital to your plans, contact your local Taiwan embassy to check how many places are still left or when the program will open up again.
Taiwan (Republic of China) has working holiday agreements with the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
Proof that you can financially support yourself in Taiwan is required, such as needing a bank balance of at least £1,600 and a return trip flight booking if coming from the UK. Medical insurance is also generally required for the first four months, but once you are there you’ll be able to get almost any kind of job. Exact rules for a Working Holiday Visa in Taiwan change slightly according to which country you are from, so be sure to check with your local Taiwan embassy and on the official website for the scheme.