If you are from a country requiring a visa to enter Korea, you may apply for a C3 Visa. This is a short term visa for those entering Korea to study, for tourism, transit, visiting relatives or other similar reasons. It does not allow you to work. You can stay on a C3 visa for up to 3 months
How to apply for a Tourist Visa
Applicant applies in person
Can apply at any Korean embassy or consulate
Flight itinerary issued by a travel agency or airline.
Passport (with at least 8 months left on it)
Visa application form
C3 application fee of U$30 (single-entry), U$50 (multiple-entry)
Passport-sized color photos
For tourists, attending wedding/conference/meetings
Documents that prove reason for entry
invitation card, confirmation of reservation
proof of financial status (bank account statement)
For more details you visa processing times check out your Korean Embassy or Consulate or go to the source Korean immigration.
South Korea has a working holiday visa scheme set up with 12 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States of America. In 2010 South Korea and Ireland started a working holiday visa agreement with 400 visas to be issued yearly for Irish and Korean citizens.
The working holiday visa is valid for 12 months however in the case of the United States it is valid for 18 months. The working holiday visa in Korea is called the H-1 Visa.
Working Holiday Visa Requirements for Korea:
Not allowed to engage in jobs that require a specific licence or skill, such as in the field of medical practices, lawyer, professor, pilot, etc.