Working Holiday Visa in South Korea

About this visa

Young people from the participating countries have the unique opportunity to work and travel in South Korea for up to one year.

Due to the COVID-19 any non-essential travels to the Republic of Korea is banned. This also includes the working holiday visa.

Participating countries

South Korea has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 25 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of South Korea and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above see where your Passport can take you!

With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • Live and travel in South Korea for up to one year
  • Study during your stay
  • Work during your stay
  • Leave and re-enter Korea as many times as you wish during your 12 month stay

Things to note

      • This is a one-time only visa.
      • You cannot work for more than 1,300 hours within the visa duration
      • You cannot work within the following job categories;

     Service employee, dancer, singer, musician, or acrobat at an adult entertainment establishment

    •  Vocations that require specific qualifications, such as medical doctors, lawyers, professors, pilots, language instructors, etc.
    •  Take up other activities contrary to the purposes of working holiday programs (news coverage, politics, etc.)


  • You must be a passport holder of one of the participating countries
  • You must be between 18-30 years old (18 and 30 inclusive)
  • You must have a return ticket from Korea upon your arrival
  • You must provide proven activity plans for South Korea (Travel itinerary, booked ski trip, hotel bookings etc.)
  • You must prove sufficient funds to support yourself for a minimum of three months in South Korea
  • You must provide medical examination results (For Australians only)
  • You must pay the visa fee


Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.

How to apply

Applying for the working holiday visa is on hold at the moment due to the COVID-19.

Once the working holiday visa is available, we will update this section.

The immigration authority in South Korea for processing Working Holiday visa's is Embassy of Republic of Korea in Canberra, Australia.

Go to: Embassy of Republic of Korea in Canberra, Australia

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5 thoughts on “Working Holiday Visa in South Korea”

  1. Dear Sir or Madam,

    Applications for a working holiday visa for South Korea are not available for now due to covid-19 (I am from France). But do you have any idea when it could be available again ?
    I am sorry this is a question you must have quite frequently.
    Is there any way to be notified as soon as the applications are available again ?

    Kind regards,
    Zoé Aliane

  2. Hello! I have a question about the types of jobs that are not allowed for this visa. I am a Canadian living in Canada currently and am working as a software developer. My employer told me he would allow me to work part time (to abide the 1300 hours), remotely in South Korea for a year so I could explore the country! I’m wondering if this would be allowed with this visa? Thanks!

  3. Hello, I am South Korean and I made a contract written over EUR1,000 for my pay as a Full-Time employee. However, There is a requirement about the limited time and pay for working holiday visa. I remember I can work for three months as a Full-time employee with less than EUR 400 per month or mini job with the same amount money for twelve months. Am I right?

    In this case, is it possible to get a disadvantage if I extend or change my visa to working or spouse visa due to overtime and pay?

    Can I also work as a mini job after three months of a full-time internship?

    The company said that they received a confirmation e-mail from the Foreign Office that people who have working holiday visa can work without limitation with Full-time and over 10,000. I am confused about what is correct. Please make me clear and there would be the exceptional case or flexible situation based on contract.

    I would like to avoid any inconvenience situation for whatever reasons so it would be really appreciated if you answer my questions.


    1. Hi Jin, what European country are you wanting to work in as each European country has it’s own rules regarding Working Holiday visa’s? I’d be happy to assist further, also, what is your age?

      1. Hi, I’m at a similar situation. I’m South Korean, 24 years old, and have an internship opportunity in Berlin for 3 months that pays over 1000 EUR per month. Would I be allowed to take this internship with the working holiday visa since the maximum months I’m allowed to work full time is exactly 3 months in a year? Or is there a new regulation that limits to only 50 days full time work in a year? Thanks!

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