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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.

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What is DE Rantau?

The DE Rantau programme seeks to make Malaysia as the preferred Digital Nomad Hub in ASEAN, in line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (mydigital)’s goals to harness human capital that can thrive in the digital economy.

DE Rantau Key Areas

The creation of Digital Nomad hubs
Digital nomad communities and ecosystems
Visa facilitation for qualified foreign Digital Nomads.

The creation of Digital Nomad hubs

Digital nomad communities and ecosystems

Visa facilitation for qualified foreign Digital Nomads.

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The desired impact of DE Rantau programme is its contribution to the local digital economy:

 

  • Returning vibrancy to the local businesses in various sectors e.g. tourism, transportation, retail and F&B.
  • Projected RM60 million contribution to the local economy in the first year of its implementation.

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WHILE YOU STAY IN MALAYSIA!

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DE Rantau Pass

• Travel and work access pass designed for Digital Nomads
• Discover and apply Digital Nomad pass to allow longer stays in Malaysia.
• For foreign applicants only.

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DE Rantau Hubs

• Nomad-ready accommodations and working spaces across the country
• Check-out available digital nomad-ready hubs throughout the country so you can plan your journey ahead!

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DE Rantau Services/Partners

• Local services to facilitate your nomadic lifestyle
• Handpicked, specially curated local services at special rates and offers to welcome and ease your stay and facilitate your mobility.

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DE Rantau Platform

• Local services to facilitate your nomadic lifestyle
• Mobile application for all things DE Rantau – explore and access local hubs, services, discount vouchers and more at your fingertips. For registered DE Rantau members only.

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DE Rantau Pass

• Travel and work access pass designed for Digital Nomads
• Discover and apply Digital Nomad pass to allow longer stays in Malaysia.
• For foreign applicants only.

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DE Rantau Hubs

• Nomad-ready accommodations and working spaces across the country
• Check-out available digital nomad-ready hubs throughout the country so you can plan your journey ahead!

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DE Rantau Services/ Partners

• Local services to facilitate your nomadic lifestyle
• Handpicked, specially curated local services at special rates and offers to welcome and ease your stay and facilitate your mobility.

responsive-devices

DE Rantau Platform

• Local services to facilitate your nomadic lifestyle
• Mobile application for all things DE Rantau – explore and access local hubs, services, discount vouchers and more at your fingertips. For registered DE Rantau members only.

Thinking of Malaysia as your next nomad destination?
Register and be part of DE Rantau now!

Join Us To Build Nomad-Ready Ecosystem!

Driving more Digital Nomads to Malaysia has spill over effects that extend beyond just boosting the tourism industry.

 

  • Through Digital Nomad hubs and thriving ecosystem, there can be knowledge and experience sharing among local and foreign nomads, leading to the creation of a vibrant and knowledgeable community.
  • A report by Flexjobs in 2018 showed that 40% of digital nomads make more than US$50,000 a year, while 18% make more than US$100,000 annually. Hence, the Malaysian economy has much to gain from this new phenomenon with the influx of these digital nomads into the country.
  • We seek potential partners to create a wholesome ecosystem for Digital Nomads through provision of hubs and services – and we are open to ideas.
  • Digital Nomads can also boost other local economies, from sports and recreation to health and wellness sectors.
  • Digital Nomads can have various spill over effects. Digital Nomad Hubs can encourage knowledge, experience and skills sharing, creating a more robust digital workforce.

Travel, Work & Leisure while staying in Malaysia

Register now to get access to DE Rantau program and enjoy the available benefits for digital nomads coming to Malaysia!

 

  • Malaysia offers a quality lifestyle for a fraction of what you would pay in the US and Europe.
  • Wherever you decide to live in Malaysia, you can enjoy strong cafe culture, leaving you plenty of places to work outside of the home and co-working spaces.
  • Malaysia is such a multicultural country and majority of people speak English
  • Malaysia is also considered a safe country for visitors. Violent crimes are very low in Malaysia and the main risk is of petty crime, so keep your belongings secure and safe.

Contact Us

If you do have any enquiries, please don’t hesitate to reach us.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DE Rantau is one of the new catalytic project under the Malaysia Digital initiative, which aims to position Malaysia as the preferred Digital Nomad Hub of the region.

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.

MDEC shall make further announcements on the DE Rantau nomad registration in due time. Stay tuned.

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 benefit digital nomads. Head over to the DE Rantau partners section above to reach out to us, or email [email protected]

DE Rantau Pass is a nomad-ready, specially designed pass to allow foreign nomads to travel into the country and work. It offers greater flexibility compared to the tourist visa, e.g. longer period of stay, and conduct work without having to be attached to any companies operating locally.

MDEC shall make further announcements on the DE Rantau Pass registration in due time. Stay tuned.

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.

We welcome any service providers that could benefit digitalnomads. Head over to the DE Rantau partners section above to reach out to us, or email [email protected]

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.

Being certified as a DE Rantau hub will let your properties be listed on DE Rantau site and platform for Digital nomads to find. Furthermore, DE Rantau hubs are eligible for incentives, campaigns and vouchers provided by the 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.