Thailand’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians

Thailand’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians
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With friendly people, great food and a unique culture, Thailand is a popular holiday destination for Australians. With everything from luxe beach resorts to bustling (and at times hectic) big cities like Bangkok, Thailand has something for everyone. It’s also a very affordable destination for budget-conscious Aussies.

Australians can visit Thailand for a short holiday without needing a visa. But if you’re an Australian aged 18-30 and have completed at least 3 years of university study, you could apply for a working holiday visa to live and work in Thailand for up to a year!

With a Thai working holiday visa, eligible Australian citizens can live in Thailand for up to 12 months and are allowed to exit & re-enter the country multiple times throughout the year. Aussies are also permitted to work in Thailand with this visa, but not for more than 3 months with the same employer.

This page contains information about Thailand’s Work and Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 10 June 2024.

Key facts about Thailand

  • Population: Approx. 71 million
  • Official language: Thai
  • Capital city: Bangkok
  • Largest cities: Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Udon Thani, Chon Buri
  • Name of the country in Thai language: ประเทศไทย
  • Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
Bangkok Thailand
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Thai Work and Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

In addition to Australians, Thailand offers working holiday visas to citizens of New Zealand.

The information on this page applies to Australian citizens. Please check with the Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington for information applicable to New Zealanders.

To apply for a Thai Work & 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 tertiary qualifications (you have successfully completed full-time university courses with at least 3 years of study)
  • You currently reside in Australia
  • Have a return ticket to Thailand (or enough money to buy one)
  • Have at least AUD5,000 to support yourself initially in Thailand
  • Be in good health

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Will be accompanied by dependent children
  • Have already participated in the working holiday program in Thailand

Documents needed to apply for this visa

When applying for a working holiday visa for Thailand as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Australian passport valid for at least six months, plus a copy of it
  • Completed Thai Working Holiday Visa application form (PDF)
  • Recent passport-sized photograph
  • Certificate and/or academic transcript showing university qualifications
  • Copy of recent bank statement/s showing you have at least AUD5,000 in savings
  • Chest X-ray report and medical examination approved by a medical doctor or GP from the past 3 months
  • Return plane ticket from Australia to Thailand (or enough funds to purchase one)
  • Proof of travel/health insurance valid for your entire stay in Thailand

There is an AUD300 visa fee payable by cash, money order or bank cheque. This amount is subject to change.

More information is available on the Royal Thai Embassy Canberra website.

How to apply for a Thai working holiday visa

You must apply for this visa while in Australia through the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra up to 3 months before you plan to travel to Thailand.

In the past, you could apply either in-person by making an appointment with the embassy, or by mailing all required documents to the embassy.

If applying by mail, you will need to provide a self-addressed Express/registered Post envelope (with signature on delivery) for the return of your passport and documents.

The Thai embassy started offering e-visas in 2024. You may now be able to apply online instead. If in doubt, please contact the Royal Thai embassy in Australia.

The Thai embassy advises that it normally takes 10 business days for visas to be processed once the Thai embassy receives your documents. However, the working holiday visa form says “within 2 months”. Once the visa is issued, you will need to enter Thailand within 3 months.

Please see the Royal Thai Embassy website for further details.

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!

Matt Graham

Matt is the founder of Working Holidays for Aussies. Passionate about travel and always looking for great deals, he believes that gap years & working holidays are the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and gain invaluable life experience. Originally from Australia, Matt has travelled to over 80 countries and has lived in New Zealand, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

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