SWAP Working Holidays and COVID-19

  • July 2020

    Dear Travellers,
    Amid the strong worldwide response to COVID-19, we want you to know that the well-being of our participants and staff abroad is our first priority. The work and travel industry continues to be impacted, so we want to let you know how we are dealing with these unprecedented times.


    As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are closely following the latest guidance from local and federal governments in Canada. As such, our main offices in Toronto and Vancouver are physically closed, but our entire team continues to work from home to offer the same help and services as we always have.

    While travel is currently restricted, we know that you will still want to travel once everything returns to normal and we will be here for you when it happens! Now more than ever we know the value of having easily accessible help abroad.


    Due to government mandates, all our physical offices around the world are closed and our teams are working from home. Our team is committed as ever to supporting you during any difficult times, so please continue reaching out to us via email (to your local hosting centre).


    We continue to work with embassies, but please be advised that due to current temporary travel/immigration restrictions, applications have been paused.

    It is exciting news that many countries are beginning to re-open and border restrictions are easing. It is important to note that every country will re-open at a different pace. While visa processing is being phased in for certain countries, please be aware that border restrictions remain in effect for all destinations SWAP offers. We are monitoring the situation for each country closely.

    In the interest of the safety of both our travellers and staff abroad, we will wait until these travel restrictions are lifted before SWAP participants begin enjoying their working holidays once more. When a SWAP program is officially re-opened, we will update this page so please check back for further details shortly.

    As always, when you register with SWAP, your application is active for a full year, so rest assured that when the embassies re-open, you will be able to continue your application process smoothly.


    Email us any time, and we’ll be happy to provide answers. It’s what we do.

Contact Us

  • Email Us

    Questions? Concerns? Comments? Of course! Write us any time at info@swap.ca and we will get back to you right away.

  • We can call you

    We would be happy to arrange a call back for you with one of our Merit Travel agents. Please send an email to info@swap.ca with the following details:

    • Your name
    • Your nationality
    • The program (or programs) you are interested in
    • Your phone number (including area code)
    • The dates/times you are available. Please note we can only arrange call backs within business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm EST)

    We need these details to ensure we can arrange a call for you quickly and efficiently.