New Malaysia Digital Nomad Visa Available from October 1st 

New Malaysia Digital Nomad Visa Available from October 1st 

Remote workers can soon apply for the new Malaysia digital nomad visa and call the Southeast Asian country home. 

The Malaysian government introduced legislation for a new digital nomad visa allowing remote workers to live in the country for 12 months with the ability to renew for a second year. 

Known as the DE Rantau Nomad Pass, they will start accepting applications on October 1, 2022.

This is excellent news for remote employees and independent contractors that work in the digital field. Malaysia hopes to attract these kinds of digital nomads to boost the local economy and further digitalize the country. 

Applicants may bring spouses and dependents with them on their visa.

A destination that is growing in popularity as a digital nomad destination due to its tropical climate and low cost of living, Malaysia joins other digital nomad hubs in the area, such as Thailand and Indonesia

What is a Digital Nomad Visa?

A digital nomad visa allows remote workers to live in a foreign country. This visa grants a temporary residence permit, typically lasting from six months to two years, with the ability to renew. 

To be eligible for a digital nomad visa, you must earn an income remotely either as an employee, business owner, or freelancer. Holders of the digital nomad visa may not participate in local economic business opportunities. All income must be earned from an entity outside of the country they reside in. 

A digital nomad visa is perfect for those remote workers who simply want a change of scenery or have constantly been traveling and would like to settle down somewhere for a bit. 

Malaysia Digital Nomad Visa Requirements

While the Malaysia digital nomad visa is not officially available yet, we do know of the following requirements to be eligible to apply for it. 

  • Valid Passport – Your passport must be valid at the time of applying
  • Work Remotely – You must work remotely as an employee, business owner, or freelancer for companies or clients located outside of Malaysia
  • Earn $24,000/year – You must meet the minimum income requirement

The website mentions that digital nomads with professions in the digital domain, such as IT, UX/UI design, content creators, etc., are preferred, but it doesn’t seem to be a restriction. 

Most digital nomad visas require some kind of international health insurance and criminal background checks, but these requirements have not been announced yet. 

If you meet the currently announced requirements, you may be eligible to apply for the Malaysia digital nomad visa!

Steps to Apply

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From the website, it seems that the entire application will take place online.

There is a visa fee of MYR 1,000 (about $220 USD) for individual applicants and MYR 500 (about $110 USD) per dependent. 

Malaysia for Digital Nomads

With a low cost of living, tropical climate, and some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, it’s no surprise that digital nomads flock to Malaysia. Just imagine opening your laptop at a cafe in Penang or Kuala Lumpur and watching the hustle and bustle of mopeds and pedestrians on the street. 

Digital nomads have the option to live in a major city, such as Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru, or in smaller towns, such as Penang or Kuching. There are many coworking spaces and cafes with free wifi where digital nomads can set up their workspaces for the day. 

There is a large remote worker and expat community in Malaysia, offering a sense of comfort to new digital nomads who move to the area. You can connect with and meet people from all over the world and learn how to navigate a new lifestyle in Malaysia together. 

When you aren’t taking Zoom calls or completing tasks, you can find gorgeous hiking trails in the rain forests, sandy beaches to relax on, and plenty of cities to explore. Malaysia is most definitely a digital nomad-friendly destination that shouldn’t go unnoticed. 

Digital Nomad Visa Application Assistance Worldwide

Choosing the right digital nomad visa and figuring out how to apply for it can be quite a hassle. Between all of the requirements and paperwork, many digital nomads feel discouraged and end up never finishing the process. 

With Nomads Embassy, that all changes!

We connect you with our hand-selected immigration lawyers to help you apply for digital nomad visas worldwide. Our platform (coming soon!) expedites your application process and organizes your documents so you receive your digital nomad visa even faster. 

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