On July 5, 2019, Italy and Hong Kong signed an agreement to mark the establishment of a bilateral Working Holiday Scheme (WHS).
Under the WHS between Hong Kong and Italy, youths aged between 18 and 30 years from each side may apply for a visa which will allow them to stay in Italy or Hong Kong for up to 12 months. During the period, they may work to finance their stay or study short-term courses. The annual quota from each side will be 500.
The agreement was signed by the Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Dr Law Chi-kwong, and the Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Government of the Italian Republic, Mr Manlio Di Stefano, at the Central Government Offices, Tamar.
Details of visa application procedures for applicants from Hong Kong will soon be available on the website of the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong at conshongkong.esteri.it/consolato_hongkong/en/ in due course.