Spotlight on APAC
In our Spotlight on APAC series we roundup the latest developments from across the Asia Pacific region. In this post we focus on South Korea and the new Workcation Visa recently launched, targeting Digital Nomads.
As of January 1, 2024, the government of South Korea has introduced the new trial category visa, the ‘Workcation Visa,’ designed to cater to the growing community of digital nomads.
Key points of the programme include:
- Telework in South Korea: Holders of the Workcation Visa have the unique opportunity to reside in South Korea while teleworking for their home employers. This arrangement is permissible for up to two years, providing flexibility and a change of scenery for digital nomads.
- Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for the Workcation Visa, applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements. These include demonstrating a sufficient minimum income in accordance with government regulations, maintaining a clean criminal record, and showcasing at least one year of work experience in their respective fields, among other criteria.
- Visa Validity: The Workcation Visa is valid for up to two years. Initially granted for one year, it can be renewed for another year, subject to approval.
An important limitation of the Workcation Visa is that holders are strictly prohibited from being employed by a company in South Korea or engaging in for-profit activities within the country. The visa is specifically designed to facilitate remote work for their existing employers.