South Korea’s Two New Visa Programs; Did You Know What This Means For Indian Tourists

South Korea’s Two New Visa Programs; Did You Know What This Means For Indian Tourists

South Korea is responding to global interest in its culture, fueled by the success of K-pop and K-drama, by introducing two new visas in 2024: the digital nomad visa (work visa) and the K culture training – (Hallyu visa) . The goal is to attract millions of foreign tourists this year and make South Korea a preferred international tourist destination.

If reports are to be believed, South Korea is making changes to organizing travel within the country. The introduction of international mobile payments and travel apps aims to make shopping and travel easier for international visitors. The English version of the navigation system is also supported. All of these factors will contribute to South Korea’s vision of providing accessible and enjoyable tourism.

What are the two new visa programs all about?

South Korea’s Digital Nomad Visa or the Workation Visa

South Korea recently introduced a work visa that encourages longer stays for foreigners. This visa combines work and travel, allowing visitors to stay for up to one year, as opposed to the 90-day limit for tourist visas. To qualify, candidates must have one year of professional experience in their field, linked to an international company. The visa is open to families, excluding children aged 18 and over, and requires applicants to earn double the amount of South Korean national income, maintain private health insurance, and ensure immigration insurance. housing over 100 million won ($7,750) in emergency situations.

Work visa holders cannot engage in gainful activities or work for local businesses, as these activities require a separate visa. Applications can be submitted at Korean embassies and visa changes are possible for those with a qualified overstay.

K-culture training visa or Hallyu visa

South Korea’s Hallyu visa or the K-culture training visa will allow foreign individuals enrolled in cultural academies to stay for a maximum of two years. The visa aims to provide candidates who are passionate about Korean culture, K-pop, and related fields, with firsthand knowledge from experts in Korean music, drama, film, animation, and gaming industries.

This in-depth, hands-on training program provides insight into the inner workings of Korean entertainment and creative endeavors. The Hallyu visa, unlike the E-6 visa, which requires a company agreement with a Korean entertainment company, simplifies the process by requiring applicants to enroll in Korean-approved schools. under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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