Nomads are people who wander from place to place in search of food and shelter. For them, the world is an oyster. In the modern digital era, digital technologies have given birth to digital nomads who can work from anywhere and at anytime. They are not bound by place or time. They can pursue their travel desires whilst working sufficient hours for a living.
Are you a digital nomad looking for an exciting country to work from? Many countries these days offer the perfect destination for their nomadic instincts. Malaysia is one of them.
In this article, we will discuss the De Rantau Nomad Pass issued by the MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economic Corporation).
Who is the Nomad Pass for?
The DE Rantau Programme is open to digital freelancers, independent contractors, and remote workers in various domains such as IT (software development, UX or user experience, UI or user interface, cloud, cybersecurity, blockchain, AI or artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc), digital marketing, digital creative content, and digital content development. For example, a programmer working for a US-based company who is allowed to work remotely, or a freelance website developer can apply for the DE Rantau Nomad Pass.
How to obtain the Nomad Pass?
Applications must be submitted online, and MDEC takes approximately six (6) to eight (8) weeks to process each application. However, the processing time may be extended if additional information or documents are required during the due diligence exercise.
Once the DE Rantau Nomad Pass is approved, the participants are issued with a Professional Visit Pass (PVP) with a validity period of between three (3) to twelve (12) months.
However, the DE Rantau Nomad Pass holders have the option to renew the pass for a maximum of an additional 12 months. The renewal can be done two (2) months prior to the pass's expiry, thereby allowing the DE Rantau Nomad Pass holders to stay in Malaysia for a total of up to 24 months.
Additionally, unlike regular PVP holders, the DE Rantau Nomad Pass holders can bring their spouses and children to Malaysia as dependents.
Accommodation at DE Rantau Hubs
The Malaysian Government has created the DE Rantau Hubs, which are accommodation certified to be fit for the digital nomad lifestyle, based on the following criteria:
Appropriate internet speed provided through broadband connectivity, Wi-Fi, or mobile internet, with a minimum of 30 Mbps.
Vibrancy of livelihood
Located in a neighbourhood with available cafes, stores, entertainment areas, recreation facilities, access to public transport, and has a sharing economy and digital platform services