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1. Posted by gemg (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

hey hey!

i'm hopin to go to australia next may/june and have been looking into working holiday visas and have read that as a requirement you must have access to a minimum of £2000 to enter Australia.
i was wondering could anybody tell me is this definate, are they flexible, has anyone been asked to show proof of sufficient funds??

any info or advice is greatly appreciated!

cheers.
Gemma

2. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

I wasnt asked for proof at all.

Its really just to make sure that you arent gonna starve or sleep on the streets or anything. A credit card or even a friend or relative in the country would probably suffice if you were hauled over the coals by customs (which is unlikely to happen). The rules are really there to protect you more than anyone else.

3. Posted by gemg (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

thanks!!!

i've been told the same by other people, and feel more at ease, but would it be best to take a bank statement over?

cheers!

4. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

For your own peace of mind, its not a bad idea. I really doubt you'll need it though. Have fun.

5. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

On a WHV you can come into Oz on a one-way ticket. So if you do what they're really concerned about is having enough cash to get going and for a return ticket. Most people have return tickets (you, wee joe?)so that's why they hardly ever check. And because you have the visa already they assume you have a reasonable chance of getting a job and supporting yourself. But if you arrived on a one-way ticket and were staying longer than 6-months and had no friends or relatives here they might just check you have access to at least $5000. If not they'd probably still let you in. Working Holiday Makers are a low-risk.

6. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Gemma,

I have entered Australia three times and was never asked for a proof of fund either. So it´s more than unlikely that they´ll ask you, but still I´d also make sure you have enough money to survive before finding a job. Have a great time down under ;).

Steff

7. Posted by rhiannon (Full Member 52 posts) 11y

Hey,

I've just home after a year in Oz and borrowed money from my lovely grandparents in order to have £2000 in my bank, and when we got to Oz, we were never asked for our bank statements or anything. I don't know anyone who has ever been asked!!

If you have the money, it wouldn't harm taking a copy of your statment, but don't stress about it.

Have a fab trip, I'm jealous as hell!!

Rhiannon