hello all, happy valentines day!
um, i fancy travelling for longer than 12 months and don't want to be tied down to a RTW ticket route as such. i want to fly to australia via india and then work in aus for around 6 months. then i want to fly to new zealand and spend 2-3 months there. then fly home via south america and possibly the US. i realise that the easiest way would be to book a RTW ticket through STA Travel or someone, but like i say i want to travel for longer than 12 months.
i was wondering if it was possible to get a working holiday visa without a booked flight out of australia, ie if i only had a one way ticket to aus and the money to travel further??? i would rather just fly to aus and then fly to new zealand whenever i'm ready. then if i wanted to spend months in south america i wouldn't have to rush other legs of the journey.
if anyone has any tips, or can tell me whether it's likely they will give me a visa if i only buy a one way ticket to aus, that would be great.
You can get your visa without having any flights booked. It's best to sort out the visa first. However when you land and get it stamped it COULD be a different story. They say you should have a return flight or enough money for a flight out and your initial stay - around $5000 AUD. However, I've never heard of them checking on arrival. They certainly didn't check mine.
Go for it.
i was wondering if it was possible to get a working holiday visa without a booked flight out of australia, ie if i only had a one way ticket to aus and the money to travel further???
It certainly is. I spent over two years travelling (including working holiday visas in australia and new zealand), and always bought my next ticket in the country itself, as I never knew more than a month or so in advance when I'd want to leave. In fact, the working holiday information specifically says that you need to have either an onward ticket or sufficient funds to purchase one (and then as steen1976 mentioned, no one has ever heard of immigration even checking up on the funds anyway).
http://www.studyworkandtravel.com/html/FAQs.htm These FAQS might help you.
When I went to NZ on my working holiday I only had a one-way ticket. The airline did give me a bit of trouble but once they realized I had a working holiday visa I was fine.
However, when I applied for my working holiday visa I did have to purchase my ticket first - don't know if this is only a NZ thing. I asked the guy why I had to buy my ticket first - what if my visa wasn't approved and I was stuck with the ticket? but he told me that as long as I had the money my visa would be approved.
I'm doing something similar and started off in the land down under. Only bought a one way ticket and all was fine. Landed at Sydney arport armed to the teeth with bank statements but the immigration/visa guy was more interested in getting us away from his desk. Other folks seem to have had the same experience.