PRAGUE - Agreement between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Korea concerning a Working Holiday Program valid as of June 1, 2012
19.06.2012 / 09:30
(This article expired 25.05.2013.)
The Agreement between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Republic of Korea concerning a Working Holiday Program, signed in Prague on 19 December 2011, entered into force on 1 June 2012 (text was published under No. 55/2012 in the Collection of International Treaties of the Czech Republic).
The agreement gives young people aged between 18 and 30 years the opportunity to stay in the other country for up to one year. They are allowed to take up temporary employment to supplement their travel funds. However, the main purpose of the visit must be to travel and get to know the other country. Employment is permitted strictly as an incidental activity.
Under the existing rules, the nationals of both countries do not need a visa for short visits (not longer than three months) to the other country, unless they want to engage in a gainful activity. The Working Holiday Agreement should facilitate access to long-stay visas under given conditions to young citizens, including the permission to take up temporary employment in the other country.
Applications for working holiday visas will be accepted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Prague (Czech applicants) and by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Seoul (Korean applicants). The initial quota for the scheme, i. e. the number of visas available on each side, is 300 visas per calendar year and may be subject to changes.
The Republic of Korea is the first Asian country with which the Czech Republic signed such an agreement, and, as of now, both young Koreans and Czechs would be able to work in the other country when they are holidaying. It is an unique opportunity for Korean young people, as the Czech Republic is the first Central European country and only sixth European county (after Germany, France, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden), having such a mutually beneficial arrangement with the Republic of Korea. It is the same for the young Czechs, as the Republic of Korea is the very first Asian country where they can work under such regulations. As of now, only Canada and New Zealand, have signed such agreements with the Czech Republic.
More specific information about this scheme could be found at Working Holiday Information Center of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea - www.whic.kr
Detailed information how to obtain such a working holiday visa for the citizens of the Republic of Korea is available here (only in Korean)
Czech citizens should contact Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Czech Republic - http://cze.mofat.go.kr