List of participating countries as of January 2021: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States
Cost of the visa: Applications for a Korean WHV are free for French nationals although from March 2021, a fee of €60 is payable to the KVAC, which will process your application.
For Belgian citizens, the application costs €50.40 (payable in cash only) and $117 for Canadians.
Turnaround time: 1 week
Fees may vary depending on nationality
To apply for a visa for South Korea, you must:
Be between 18 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
Hold a valid passport from any country having signed an agreement with South Korea
Have sufficient funds to meet your needs at the beginning of your stay (€2,500 minimum)
Not be accompanied by dependents during your stay
Not previously have entered South Korea on a Working Holiday Visa (first application)
Have international health insurance for the duration of your stay
Apply for a WHV as long as the year's quotas have not been reached
Have a return ticket or proof of having the means to purchase one
Have a clean criminal record
Please note that Working Holiday Visa conditions may vary depending on the country
How to get your Visa
To apply for a visa, you must follow the procedure set out on the page of the relevant embassy:
Please note that the documents required may vary depending on the embassy / consulate. We therefore recommend getting up-to-date official information from the relevant embassy / consulate before making any plans.
Client story: I woke up to MSH
Rachel lives in Togo and has been with MSH since 2002. After routine surgery, she fell into a coma that lasted 2 months. Her hospitalization cost more than 200,000 euros - but it was all covered by MSH, without her having to get involved. Thanks to the reactivity of the team and their smooth handling of the situation, Rachel's family were able to avoid any extra stress - as was Rachel when she woke up.
Matthieu was hiking in a canyon in Peru when he accidently fell down several meters and fractured his kneecap and elbow: "After 12 days in a local hospital, I was sent back to France where I spent 2 more weeks in hospital and months in physiotherapy" he remembers. Matthieu's hospitalization, repatriation and rehabilitation expenses were all covered by MSH: "Without my private health insurance, it would have been a nightmare: €16,000 for the hospital and €50,000 for my repatriation with two air ambulances - can you imagine?"
Petra was very worried about the surgery she'd been prescribed following an accident at home. Before making her decision, she wanted a second opinion. Thanks to her private health insurance, which included the Second Medical Opinion guarantee, she quickly saw another doctor and got all the answers to her questions. The second doctor agreed that surgery was necessary and Petra went to hospital feeling reassured and confident.