South Korea Becomes the Newest Country to Launch a Digital Nomad Visa

South Korea Becomes the Newest Country to Launch a Digital Nomad Visa

Looking to live in a technologically advanced society with great food, reasonable prices, and fascinating culture? Then, the newest digital nomad visa just might be for you – in South Korea. That’s right, my fellow nomads, South Korea officially launched its much-anticipated digital nomad visa (officially known as workation visa F-1-D) on January 1, 2024. This pioneering initiative not only opens up East Asia for digital nomads but also marks South Korea’s commitment to embracing the digital revolution and its impact on modern lifestyles.

Previously, foreign remote workers were limited to short-term tourist visas or 90-day visa-free stays. The new visa overcomes these hurdles, allowing overseas employees and employers to work remotely while enjoying life in South Korea for up to two years.

Who is Qualified for the Digital Nomad Visa?

To qualify, applicants must be at least 18 years old, prove an annual income over 84.96 million won (approximately $65,800 USD) or double Korea’s gross national income (GNI) per capita for the previous year. Applicants must also have over a year of experience in their respective fields, a clean criminal record, and private health insurance covering at least 100 million won ($76,100) for hospital treatment and repatriation during their stay in Korea.

Once approved, the visa is valid for a year with the option to renew for another year. It is also important to note that accepted applicants can bring along their spouse and dependents under 18. You must apply for the digital nomad (workation) visa in your home country’s Korean embassy. If you’re currently in Korea, you can switch from the visa exemption (B-1), tourist visa (B-2), or short-term stay visa (C-3).

At the time of this article’s publication, it is not yet clear whether obtaining the digital nomad (workation) visa comes with a resident card, but, if it does, perks would include getting a bank account to conveniently order food at home, accessing free Korean classes, and renting an apartment at a cheaper price for longer periods of time.

K Culture Training Visa

Complementing the digital nomad visa is the K culture training visa, a nod to the global fascination with Korean culture. This visa aims to attract young people keen on immersing themselves in Korean music, food, and beauty. To qualify for this visa, applicants will need to register at local performing arts academies. Further details have not yet been announced.

South Korea plans to showcase the richness of its cultural heritage by hosting a K-Tourism Mega Roadshow in 25 major cities around the world throughout 2024 in addition to boosting its tourism budget by 6.6%. These initiatives align with South Korea’s ambition to attract 30 million tourists annually by 2027.

With its diverse landscapes, delicious food, and numerous events and cultural festivities planned for 2024, South Korea promises to be an intriguing new option for digital nomads. 

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