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18 Jan

South Korea Unveils Two New Visas

In response to the global fascination with its vibrant culture, fueled by the success of K-pop and K-dramas, South Korea is set to roll out two new visas in 2024— the Digital Nomad Visa (Workcation Visa) and the K-culture Training Visa (Hallyu Visa). The objective is to attract millions of foreign tourists this year and position South Korea as a top international tourist destination.

Reports suggest that South Korea is implementing reforms to streamline travel within the country. The introduction of foreign mobile payments and a traveler mobility app aims to facilitate shopping and transportation for international visitors. Additionally, English versions of navigation systems are in development, collectively contributing to South Korea’s vision of offering a more accessible and enjoyable experience for tourists.

South Korea Unveils Two New Visas

A Boon for Indian Tourists

Digital Nomad Visa (Workcation Visa)

Recently introduced, the Workcation Visa encourages extended stays for foreign nationals, combining work and travel. This visa allows visitors to stay for up to one year, in contrast to the 90-day limit on tourist visas. To qualify, applicants need one year of work experience in their industry, affiliated with international companies. The visa is open to families, with specific conditions, and requires applicants to meet financial criteria, maintain personal medical insurance, and secure home evacuation coverage for emergencies.

While individuals holding Workcation visas cannot engage in profit-making activities or work for local companies, they can submit applications at Korean Embassies. Visa changes are possible for those on limited stays who meet necessary conditions.

K-culture Training Visa (Hallyu Visa)

The Hallyu Visa allows foreign individuals enrolled in cultural academies to stay for a maximum of two years. Aimed at those passionate about Korean culture, K-pop, and related fields, this visa provides firsthand knowledge from experts in Korean music, drama, film, animation, and gaming industries.

This comprehensive training program offers insights into the inner workings of the Korean entertainment scene and content creation. Unlike the E-6 visa, which requires trainee contracts with Korean entertainment firms, the Hallyu Visa simplifies the process by requiring applicants to register at approved Korean institutes under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.