Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Information and Updates

Information and Updates on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

The team at IEP Australia are committed to the safety and welfare of our working holiday participants and have been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation thoroughly.

We encourage you to stay informed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Government Department of Health advisories. We are flexible with program transfers and departure dates (dependent on current visa circumstances). This means that you can still apply for a program today, get ahead of the game and start your working holiday as soon as it is possible and safe to do so. 

Should conditions change with visas or entry restrictions, we will be sure to keep you updated accordingly with information below including the travel status for Australians travelling to our few select destinations.

Information below last updated at 10:00AM Sydney Time, 3/4/2020


Borders closed indefinitely to all foreign travellers as of March 18th. Many provinces in lockdown. 


No J1 arrivals prior to May 11th, current J1 12 Month participants able to take extended absense from the USA. State by state restrictions, most of country ordered to stay home. 

United Kingdom

Country in lockdown for at least 3 weeks (from March 24th). 


Travellers from New Zealand and Australia denied entry into Japan


European Schengen zone border closure for a minimum of 30 days (from approx. March 20th), all trips between European & non-European countries suspended