Argentina’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians

Argentina’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians
Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by Sadie Teper on Unsplash.

Buenos Aires, the charming and cosmopolitan capital of Argentina is sometimes called the “Paris of South America”. A cultural melting pot with great food, passionate people and plenty of open spaces, it’s an appealing Latin American destination for Australians.

If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 30 years old, you’ve completed at least two years of university education and you speak a little Spanish, you have the opportunity to experience life in Buenos Aires – or elsewhere in Argentina – for a year! That’s because Argentina offers working holiday visas to up to 500 young Australians each year.

With a Work and Holiday Visa for Argentina, Australians can live in the country for up to 12 months and work for up to six months per employer to help fund the holiday. There is also an opportunity to study in Argentina for up to 4 months.

¿Querer aprender más? – Want to learn more? This page contains information about Argentina’s Work and Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 3 February 2022.

Argentina has reopened its international border. Eligible foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter Argentina and are no longer required to quarantine on arrival. See the Argentinian government website for more information about COVID-19 entry requirements.

Key facts about Argentina

  • Population: Approx. 45 million
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Capital city: Buenos Aires
  • Largest cities: Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Mendoza, Tucumán
  • Currency: Argentine peso (ARS)
mules near colorful mountains in picturesque wild valley
San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina. Photo by Hector Perez on

Argentina Work and Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

In addition to Australians, Argentina offers working holiday visas to citizens of Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Sweden.

The information on this page applies to Australian citizens. Please check with the Argentinian embassy or consulate in your own country for information applicable to citizens of other countries.

To apply for an Argentinian Work and Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Have a university degree or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study
  • Speak at least a “functional” level of Spanish
  • Have enough money to support yourself in Argentina (see below for more details)
  • Have a return plane ticket to Argentina
  • Be in good health

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Will be accompanied by dependent children
  • Have a criminal record
  • Have already participated in the working holiday program in Argentina

Documents needed to apply for this visa

When applying for a Working Holiday Visa for Argentina as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Australian passport with at least 12 months of validity and two blank pages
  • 3x recent passport-sized photos
  • Copy of a return plane ticket to/from Argentina (or proof of sufficient funds to buy a ticket) and a hotel in Argentina booked in your name
  • Original bank statement/s showing evidence that you have enough funds for your stay in Argentina (you should have at least USD50 for every day you plan to stay in Argentina, which works out to be USD18,250 or approx. AUD24,000 if you plan to stay for a full year)
  • Proof of international credit card/s with credit limit stated
  • Proof of undergraduate university degree and/or two years of successful study (legalised by DFAT with an Apostille stamp and translated into Spanish)
  • Medical certificate of “good health”, with a DFAT Apostille stamp and translated into Spanish
  • Completed working holiday visa application form (PDF), form (PDF) stating you meet Argentina’s character requirements and declaration-affidavit form (PDF) (these are to be signed at the consulate during your interview – do not sign beforehand)

The Argentinian Consulate General also says that you need to provide a letter of Australian government support with your application, but the Australian government has recently removed Argentina from its list of countries that requires this.

For assistance with getting documents professionally translated into Spanish, see the NAATI website.

A visa processing fee applies, which varies due to exchange rate changes. This can be paid only by cash or money order.

See the Argentina Consulate General in Sydney website for more information.

How to apply for an Argentinian Work and Holiday Visa

You would need to apply for an Argentinian Work and Holiday Visa up to 3 months before travelling to Argentina. This can be done through the Consulate General of Argentina in Sydney.

Once you have the required documents and meet the working holiday visa requirements, email the Consulate General of Argentina in Sydney on to make an appointment for an interview.

At the interview, you’ll be able to submit all required documents and sign the necessary forms. Your level of Spanish will also be assessed during the interview (it just needs to be assessed as “at least functional”) and you’ll pay the visa fee.

Visa applications are generally processed within 10 business days of your interview. You can then either return to the Consulate General to collect your passport, or if you prefer to have your documents returned by mail, you must provide a prepaid self-addressed envelope.

Please see the website of the Argentinian Consulate General in Sydney for more information about applying for this visa.

And once you’re ready to move to Argentina, you may wish to join the Australians in Argentina Facebook group to connect with other Australians who’ve already made the move!

While best efforts are made to keep this information updated, we do not guarantee its accuracy. If you spot an error, would like to suggest new information to be added or simply have a question, please let us know in the comments and we’ll endeavour to respond or update the article as quickly as possible!

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