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Do i need to have a flight booked home on the WHV?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Do i need to have a flight booked home on the WHV?

1. Posted by beckyxe (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Hello all....

I have a one way ticket to thailand and then to sydney to start our years travels but we dont have a return flight.
I was thinking of buying this when i needed it or do i need to have proof that in a year i will be leaving the country??


2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I'm assuming that the situation in Australia would be the same as NZ. I didn;t have an onward flight entering NZ and I had no problems at all.

Many travellers don't really know when they will want to leave and so dont have flights booked :) You shouldnt have any problems.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 9y

Onward travel arrangements are normally waived for WHVs as they know you might want to stay more than a year, which is longer than a flight would be valid for. on a tourist visa you would definitely need an onward ticket.

4. Posted by diesel276 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

My reading of the T's & C's are that you do not have to have a return or onward flight booked when arriving on a WHV, but you do have to have proof of extra funds over and above the 5000 Aus dollars that they expect everyone to arrive with. These extra funds are to show that you have the money for your onward air fare.

5. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 9y

Hi Becky, im travelling to aus on Nov 5th - ish, and ive found the cheapest flight with singapore airlines, but im in 2 minds weather to book with qan/ba, but from looking at singapores website, there entertainment during the flight looks good. Also the the WHV you can extend it for another year if you do 3 months of seasonal work. Hope this helps, Jay

6. Posted by scarlette (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

You don't need a return ticket on a WHV, especially with the two year rule. I never got asked for one, and I don't know anyone who does.Its very rare that they will ask. But if you have a credit card, then that counts as sufficient funds.If you want to be safe, you can always ask someone you trust to transfer extra money into your account and then transfer it back once you're in the country.