The Government has signed a new Working Holiday agreement with South Korea.
Each year up to 400 Irish people aged between 18 and 30 will be able to spend a year in the Asian country with casual work rights to supplement their travel.
A similar number of Koreans will be able to travel to Ireland each year on the same basis under the deal.
Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin said it is an important step in the development of bilateral relations with South Korea.
Ireland already has working holiday agreements with Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand.