Live, work and travel in Malaysia

Apply for Malaysia’s new visa for digital nomads and live on Airbnb
Skyline of Petronas twin towers
Malaysia has launched a new visa for digital nomads, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The DE Rantau Pass makes this exciting destination even more attractive for global travellers, by making it simpler to live, work and travel for longer in Malaysia. Whether you are traveling solo or with loved ones, looking for an entire home or a shared space, Airbnb has partnered with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to provide you with a range of remote work-friendly accommodation around the country. These listings, known as DE Rantau Hubs, are accredited by MDEC to meet your unique remote work needs.

Why Malaysia?

digital nomad working at a cafe

World-class infrastructure, affordable living

Malaysia boasts good internet connectivity in key cities, an efficient and cheap public transport system, and affordable, quality accommodation. English is widely spoken in Malaysia, making it easy for remote workers to converse with locals. There are also plentiful coworking spaces all over the country should you need to hop on a call or do some work. Malaysia is also well-connected to the rest of the region with direct and low-cost flights, offering a convenient base for exploring Asia.
Satay being grilled

Rich cultural heritage

Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, with a unique blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and indigenous influences. This multi-racial society creates a unique and welcoming atmosphere, offering a wealth of diverse experiences. One of the most enticing aspects is Malaysia's mouthwatering cuisine, which reflects its rich cultural heritage. Be sure to indulge in the juicy satay, refreshing cendol dessert, and the ever-popular roti canai.
Maliau waterfall, Sabah

Access to natural wonders, world heritage sites

Malaysia offers abundant natural wonders to explore. Discover the extraordinary limestone caves and rainforest ecosystem Maliau Basin in Sabah. Bask in the pristine beaches of Langkawi Island, or traverse one of the world's oldest rainforests at Taman Negara National Park which spans across three states, where you can hike and cross the world's longest suspension canopy bridge. If you want some relief from the tropical heat, take a relaxing break in the picturesque Cameron Highlands, known for its tea plantations and cool climate.

Benefits of remote working in Malaysia

Access to co-working spaces

Meet, network and collaborate with like-minded individuals and fellow digital nomads in over 400 co-working spaces[1] across Malaysia.

Home base to explore Asia

Choose Malaysia as your hub and benefit from a plethora of budget flights and over 90 direct routes from Kuala Lumpur[2] to various domestic and international destinations, making it easy to explore Asia with convenience and affordability.

Digital nomad visa, first in Southeast Asia

The DE Rantau Nomad Pass is a first of its kind digital nomad visa in Southeast Asia. Embrace a flexible stay of 3-12 months in Malaysia[3], with the opportunity to renew for up to another year. The visa for foreign digital nomads cost around USD$220 based on RM1060 inclusive of taxes.
MDEC DE Rantau hub logo

Apply for the DE Rantau Nomad Pass

MDEC's DE Rantau Nomad Pass allows digital freelancers and remote workers to work and live in Malaysia for up to a year, allowing pass holders to bring along their family members, subject to a processing fee.

For more information on how to apply, visit MDEC's DE Rantau website or read their FAQ here.

Stay in MDEC certified DE Rantau Hubs

The accommodations listed below have been certified by MDEC that they meet the needs of digital nomads and remote workers.
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Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

About MDEC

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Digital, was established in 1996 to lead Malaysia’s digital economy. Beginning with the implementation of the MSC Malaysia initiative, we have since then catalysed digital transformation and growth all over the nation. By offering greater incentives and governance for growth and re-investment, we aspire to bolster Malaysia’s status as the digital hub of ASEAN, opening new doors and driving shared prosperity for all Malaysians.
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Malaysia's DE Rantau programme


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