South Korea launched an exciting visa for world travelers and remote workers alike. The “Workation visa” presents a brand-new opportunity for those who want to explore South Korea while keeping up with their careers. On the first of this year, South Korea introduced a digital nomad visa, designed to make your work-life balance dreams a reality.

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The “Workcation” Visa

The visa allows foreign residents to live in South Korea for up to two years while working a job back home making over $65,000 annually. This new visa perfectly captures the worldwide trend of a “workation.” Imagine being able to work remotely from the beach while sipping on your favorite drink. Working at your job back in the US by day and exploring the vibrant cities of South Korea by night is now a possibility. The Digital Nomad Visa is an open invitation to weave your work seamlessly into your travels, easing the combination of  productivity and adventure. 

The Justice Ministry expressed their enthusiasm. “So far, foreigners were required to apply for tourist visas or just stay for less than 90 days without a visa for ‘workcation’ in Korea. The new system will allow employees and employers in overseas firms to tour and work remotely in Korea for a longer period of time,” it stated. 

How to Apply

Here is how to apply. Applicants need to show that they earn an annual income exceeding 84.96 million won ( about $65,000 USD). This amount doubles the gross national income per capita in Korea. It’s about more than your finances, though. You’ll also need to provide documentation proving your employment status, criminal record, and evidence of private health insurance. Plus, you should have at least one year of experience in your field, and be at least 18 years old. Anyone wanting to apply for the visa must submit their documents to the Korean Embassy in their country. 

Additionally, anyone approved for the visa can bring their spouse and children under the age of 18 on the adventure. The only setback is this visa does not allow application to jobs in South Korea. 

This new visa system is in a trial run period. The Korean government will continue to assess its success before deciding to make it permanent. So, if you’ve been waiting for a chance to blend work and travel, now’s the time to pack your bags, update your resume and seize this opportunity. The introduction of South Korea’s digital nomad visa is an exciting opportunity to redefine the traditional boundaries of work and travel for people of the diaspora.