The Argentine Republic and Ireland have increased the annual quota to 200 visas and extended the age limit to 35 years old.
Irish citizens will be authorized to stay in Argentina for a maximum period of 12 months.
Annual quota: 200
Irish citizens who wish to enter the Argentine Republic within the framework of the Agreement between Argentina and Ireland on a Work and Holiday Programme must obtain the relevant visa. The work and holiday visa shall be issued to Irish citizens who meet the following requirements at the time of submitting the application:
- They are Irish citizens and holders of a valid Irish passport;
- They are aged between 18 and 35, both inclusive;
- They are not travelling accompanied by dependent family members, unless they have their own visa;
- They have not previously taken part in the Programme;
- They have no criminal records;
- They have sufficient funds for their maintenance during the initial period of their stay;
- They have a return ticket to their home country or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
- They hold medical and accident insurance including hospitalization and repatriation for the duration of their stay;
- They pay the consular fees of the relevant visa.
Applicants are reminded that, upon obtaining a Work and Holiday Visa, they will be authorized to stay in Argentina for a maximum period of twelve (12) months, non-renewable. They may enter into and leave Argentina and work, provided it is not a permanent job. They may also study or train for up to 4 (four) months during their stay.
How to apply for the Work and Holiday Visa
The visa application is personal and must be submitted along with the following documentation (original and copies) to the Argentine Embassy in Ireland:
- Valid Irish passport with at least one blank page;
- Completed visa application form;
- One front face photograph (4x4 cm) on white background;
- A criminal record search certificate issued by the Irish authorities stating that the applicant has no criminal records for the last three years;
- An affidavit stating that the applicant has no criminal records in other countries;
- A reservation for a return ticket to Ireland or to the applicant's usual place of residence or proof of sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
- Proof of sufficient funds for the applicant's maintenance during the initial period of stay (a minimum of EUR 2,500). This requirement may be fulfilled by submitting (either own or third-party) bank statements for the last three months or credit card statements;
- A reservation or a budget for medical and accident insurance for a minimum of EUR 30,000, including repatriation of human remains and sanitary repatriation;
- A payment receipt for the relevant consular fee (EUR 150); and
- Motivation letter stating that the main purpose of the trip is to vacation in Argentina, being work an incidental aspect of the visit.
The fulfilment of these requirements does not guarantee the grant of a visa as this is an exclusive prerogative of the Argentine Government.