What is Digital Nomad Visa?

Malaysia welcomes digital professionals from all over the world and facilitates your stay in Malaysia via a new digital nomad visa to ease your stay for a productive and memorable nomad experience around the country.

Digital nomad visa

Digital Nomad Visa Criteria

Type of Digital Nomad Digital freelancer, independent Remote worker i.e. employee of a company but not required to physically be in the office
Domain of Profession  IT (all types – softaware dev, UX, UI, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, AI, Machine learning, Data-related etc.), Digital marketing, Digital creative content, digital content development (All digital domain related work)
Proof of Work  Active project contract Active employment contract
Contract duration > 3 months, can be multiple contract Contract duration > 3 months
Clientele is foreign/Malaysian based companies Employer is foreign/ non-Malaysian based companies
Annual Income > USD24,000 per year
Dependent Pass Only immediate family members of the main pass
holder are eligible

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

No.  Question
1. What is Digital Nomad Visa? Digital Nomad Visa is a type of Professional Visit
Pass newly designed to allow qualified foreign digital
nomads to travel and work in Malaysia
2. Who can apply? Digital freelancer, independent contractor and remote worker in the domain of IT (all types – software dev, UX, UI, cloud, cybersecurity, blockchain, AI, machine learning, data-related etc.), digital marketing, digital creative content, digital content development etc
3. What is the type of pass offered
and its duration?
Professional Visit Pass (Pas Lawatan Ikhtisas) valid between 3 to 12 months of stay with the option to renew for additional 12 months, allowing total of 24 months of stay
4. Do I need to be in Malaysia to apply? No, you are not required to be in Malaysia to apply.
5. Is this open to all nationalities? As of now, the pass is open for application for citizens of all nationalities. However, approval from Ministry Of Home Affairs, Malaysia is required for Israel citizen to enter Malaysia.
6. Is there any minimum age requirement for the Digital Nomad Visa? The main pass holder must be above 18 years old.
7. Can I bring my family Only immediate family members of the main pass
holder are eligible to apply:
a. Husband / Wife/ Common-Law partner
b. Child, adopted child or stepchild under the age of 18 years
c. Disabled child (no age limit) verified by experts
8. Can my spouse work in Malaysia under Digital Nomad Visa? No.
9. Can a dependent enter Malaysia later and not together with the main applicant? A dependent has an option either to enter Malaysia together with main pass holder or to enter individually after main pass holder is in Malaysia.
10. What are the benefits of being a DE Rantau Pass holder? Holder of DE Rantau Nomad Pass will be recognized as a member of DE Rantau and is eligible to get access to exclusive benefits provided for digital nomads such as DE Rantau Pass FAQ Version 1.0 (1st Oct 2022) 2 No. Question Answer nomad-ready living and working hubs, handpicked local services, discount vouchers, latest information, and promotions.
11. Will this pass be multi entry? Yes, this pass allows multiple entry.
12. What happens if my passport (or my dependent’s passport) has less than 6 months validity before expiring at the point of application and during the validity period of DE Rantau Nomad pass? The validity of the passport must be more than 14 months upon submission of application. Thus if the validity is less than 14 months, you need to apply for the new passport.
13. Does Digital Nomad Visa allow me to open a local bank account? Most banks in Malaysia do not accept Professional Visit Pass for the applicant to open a bank account. You may seek further clarifications with the respective bank of your interest.
14. Can my child attend school in Malaysia while holding the Digital Nomad Visa? School requirements vary. Please check directly with the relevant schools for further clarifications.
15. Can I stay in Sabah and Sarawak using Digital Nomad Visa? At the moment, Digital Nomad Visa facilitates your stay only in any states in Peninsular Malaysia. You can still travel to Sabah or Sarawak, but your entry into these 2 states will be using the tourist pass. MDEC is currently working with the relevant states to address this limitation.

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