Malaysia As Your Next Digital Nomad Destination.

Malaysia As Your Next Digital Nomad Destination.

What is DE Rantau?

The DE Rantau programme aims at establishing Malaysia as the preferred digital nomad hub in ASEAN while boosting digital adoption and promoting digital professional mobility and tourism across the country.

The DE Rantau programme will benefit both local talents and foreign nomads via the creation of a vibrant ecosystem that supports digital nomads. Digital nomads can travel and work remotely across various locations in Malaysia, while having access to stable broadband connectivity and various other facilities and services that support the nomadic lifestyle.

DE Rantau Key Areas

The creation of DE Rantau Hubs​
Digital nomad communities and ecosystem​
DE Rantau Nomad Pass for qualified foreign digital nomads

All Nomads Are Welcome!

Foreign Digital Nomads

Malaysia welcomes digital professionals from all over the world to join the DE Rantau programme. MDEC facilitates your stay in Malaysia via a new digital nomad pass, nomad-ready hubs and specially curated services and facilities to ease your stay for a productive and memorable nomad experience around the country.

Find out how DE Rantau can ease your stay and accommodate your needs and more!

Local Digital Nomads

We welcome Malaysian digital professionals to join DE Rantau where MDEC facilitates digital nomads with nomad-ready hubs, specially curated services and facilities for a productive and memorable nomad experience around the country.

Find out how DE Rantau can elevate your living and remote-working lifestyle so that you can plan your next move ahead.

DE Rantau Partners

Join us as our Hub Partners

Are you keen to host digital nomads at your property? Join us and have your property certified as DE Rantau Hub!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • DE Rantau aims to establish Malaysia as the preferred Digital Nomad Hub to boost digital adoption and promote digital professional mobility and tourism across Malaysia.
  • It is intended to benefit both local talents and foreign nomads via the creation of a vibrant ecosystem that can support digital nomads to be able to regain the balance in working and living.
  • The creation of DE Rantau Hubs, which are certified nomad-ready accommodations will also benefit local accommodation providers and owners, helping with the recovery of the tourism sector.
  • DE Rantau is one of the Malaysia Digital Catalytic Programmes (PEMANGKIN) under Malaysia Digital (MD), seeking to transform the nation’s digital capabilities and boost the digital economy.

A Digital Nomad performs work remotely on a freelance basis with no attachment to specific company or location, and lives a nomadic lifestyle by travelling from one country to another to gain job opportunity, exposure, contents and experience.

Please confirm your criteria with the eligibility requirements of your respective category - local or foreign nomad, and proceed with the application process. Do reach out to us should you have any queries.

There will be no fees imposed to be a member of DE Rantau. However, fees for nomad pass/ visa application is applicable.

Members of DE Rantau are eligible to get access to benefits provided for digital nomads such as nomad-ready living and working hubs, handpicked local services, discount vouchers, latest information and promotions.

We welcome any service providers that could bring benefit to digital nomads and DE Rantau Hubs. Do reach out to us via email [email protected]

  • DE Rantau Nomad Pass is a type of Professional Visit Pass newly designed to allow qualified foreign digital nomads to travel and work in Malaysia for up to 12 months which can be renewed for another 1-year.
  • The main pass holder is also allowed to bring in his/her spouse and child/children.
  • Application for DE Rantau Nomad Pass is now open! Please go to the Foreign Digital Nomad category above to apply, or visit https://mdec.my/derantau/foreign/

DE Rantau hub is a nomad-ready accommodation that has been verified, validated and certified by MDEC based on DE Rantau hubs criteria to cater to the active and dynamic nomad lifestyle.

You can find the list on DE Rantau’s website and by using the DE Rantau Platform to locate nearby hubs based on your location. Our DE Rantau Hub partners will also feature the list of DE Rantau hubs on their website.

Upon receiving your application, our appointed DE Rantau Hub partners will assess your premises based on our criteria, and continue to validate and certify the premise as DE Rantau Hub.

  • All certified accommodation will be listed on DE Rantau Hubs website and will be benefited from the increased exposure to both local and foreign nomads.​
  • Accommodation owners are eligible for incentives, campaigns and vouchers provided through DE Rantau programme.

We welcome ecosystem partners providing services in the area of travel, accommodation, tourism, transport, e-commerce, e-payments, and other services focusing on mobility and facilitating the lifestyle of digital nomads.

DE Rantau provides access to full fledged ecosystem which includes accommodating hubs, local services ranging from travel, tourism, transport, e-commerce, e-payments, other services.