Worldwide, tech entrepreneurs, engineers, coders, designers, tech sales and sales engineers are working away 12-15 hours a day in cramped apartments. The only break they get from their exhausting routine is to find a cafe with good coffee and reliable wi-fi.
The pandemic has removed that option in many cities. In response, entrepreneurs and insightful governments have developed digital nomad visa programs for tech and remote workers. The digital nomad visa draws upon experience with business visa and tourist visa programs. It is a brilliant merging of immigration and visa laws and provides a win-win for entrepreneurs and remote workers and the host nation. The remote worker can jumpstart a startup, while gaining the living abroad experience and still meeting the remote work obligations. The host nation regains some of its lost tourist dollars and the startup ecosystem gains the value of collaboration with energetic and motivated entrepreneurs.
Several countries have developed digital nomad visas. One of the most exciting programs that remote workers can enjoy is offered by Malaysia. Its capital, Kuala Lumpur, provides a cost of living at a fraction of most European and North American cities. The housing stock is perfect for the digital nomad with a generous stock of one bedroom apartments renting for less than 300USD per month. The city also has a dynamic Metro and light rail system that costs less than 1 Euro to travel on. Kuala Lumpur is home to a variety of coffee houses and cafes that provide entrepreneurs with the caffeine needed to draft their killer pitch decks.
The night life is vibrant, energetic filled with so many choices that will satisfy digital nomads without costing next month’s rent.
Socially, the nightlife vibrates with energy and choices that will satisfy digital nomads without costing next month’s rent. And, if beautiful sandy beaches are your favored refuge for relaxation, Malaysia’s phenomenal beaches will not disappoint.
From its location, Kuala Lumpur lends itself to travel jaunts across Asia. Southeast Asia offers extensive opportunities to research new markets and the existing Wi-Fi networks to carry out remote responsibilities. Singapore, a world class financial center, is just one hour flight away from KLIA, the city’s main airport. The visa application is also user friendly. (Visit: https://www.ica.gov.
Vietnam is also an inviting country to visit and connect with startup entrepreneurs who are taking control of their destinies.. It now has an accessible E Visa application process. (Visit: https://evisa.
KLIA has easy flights to India and East Asia, where industrious digital nomads can live on longer term visas, while remotely working and exploring the burgeoning startup ecosystems of these countries. The beauty of the Malaysian Digital Nomad Visa is when you have completed your exploration of Asia, you can return to one of the top emerging startup ecosystems.
Kuala Lumpur offers a thriving Startup ecosystem. According to leading research firm Startup Genome, the Startup ecosystem in Kuala Lumpur is among the top twenty in the emerging markets. A tech entrepreneur can learn so much from the drive and vision that is developing in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur offers a thriving startup ecosystem. According to leading research firm Startup Genome, it is among the top twenty in emerging markets. One shining example of the country’s rising innovators is Bookdoc. This startup brings health and wellness to Malaysians utilizing health tech solutions. Not only does its App provide a significant database of health care providers with whom patients can access and book appointments. but also innovative corporate wellness programs, and other related products and services. The Founder and CEO, Dato Chevy Beh, has led the startup into an expansion across 20 cities. (Visit: Bookdoc.com)
A world of opportunity resides in Kuala Lumpur. The digital nomad visa is the key. The following link will help start the process: https://www.malaysia.gov.my/portal/content/30825