WHERE IS ONLINE GAMBLING ALLOWED IN THE WORLD? Alkesh Aktualisiert: 21 Juli 2020 Each operator opening a new or developing an already existing online gambling project is primarily asked by this question: which markets to focus on? Where is online gambling activity allowed freely, and where is the licensing procedure required? Bitgambler has investigated this issue. Our expert analysts have compiled a list of countries where online gambling is currently allowed (based on keytocasino.com data). For convenience, the list is divided by continents. It includes not only the countries where gambling sites are legally regulated and subject to certain requirements. Also there are also those countries in this list where the activity of online casinos is not regulated at all but is also not prohibited. Each operator opening a new or developing an already existing online gambling project is primarily asked by this question: which markets to focus on? Where is online gambling activity allowed freely, and where is the licensing procedure required? Bitgambler has investigated this issue. Our expert analysts have compiled a list of countries where online gambling is currently allowed (based on keytocasino.com data). For convenience, the list is divided by continents. It includes not only the countries where gambling sites are legally regulated and subject to certain requirements. Also there are also those countries in this list where the activity of online casinos is not regulated at all but is also not prohibited. AVAILABILITY OF ONLINE CASINOS IN THE WORLD Depending on the different approaches to the regulation of gambling in the world, all countries are sorted into 4 groups – based on the requirements for licensing gambling activities on the Internet. Countries where foreign online casinos are not blocked: Africa Asia Europe North America South America Oceania Eritrea Nigeria Azerbaijan Brunei Hong Kong Japan Kyrgyz Republic Laos Malaysia Qatar Singapore Uzbekistan Yemen Cyprus Bosnia and Herzegovina Czech Republic Iceland Luxembourg Serbia Slovakia The Cayman islands Salvador Mexico Brazil American Samoa (formerly Eastern Samoa) Australia Guam New Zealand In these countries, no legal requirements of the local regulator are applied to foreign gambling sites. An overseas gambling site may be licensed in any jurisdiction or operate without it at all. However, it should be noted that gambling activity is legal in not all of these countries. For example, on the territory of the Cayman Islands, gambling is completely prohibited, and local residents are criminally responsible for participating in gambling. The fact that at the moment, foreign online new casinos are not blocked there can only be explained by the fact that for some reason, the regulator is not able to do this yet. And if global gambling is not legalized in the legislation, blocking of foreign gambling sites is only a matter of time. Countries where a gambling site must be licensed by a local regulator: Africa Asia Europe North America South America Oceania Ethiopia Mayotte Reunion Island Georgia Sri Lanka Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Italy Netherlands Poland Romania Spain Great Britain Antigua and Barbuda Guadeloupe Martinique Panama St. Barthelemy (or St. Barthelemy) Saint Martin US Virgin Islands Falkland islands French Guiana French polynesia New Caledonia Wallis and Futuna These countries use the most competent approach to regulating gambling. Each operator (no matter local or foreign one) must acquire a license by complying with certain legal requirements. Conditions are equal for all. Everyone is obliged to pay taxes to the budget. Only in this case, the gambling site has the right to absolutely legitimate activity. Otherwise, the online resource will be blocked. The following countries require a local regulator license only for local gambling sites. Foreign sites can work without it: Africa Asia Europe North America South America Oceania Comoros Gambia Guinea Mauritius Rwanda The Seychelles Armenia Greece Hungary Ireland Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Moldova Monaco Norway Montenegro Portugal San marino Slovenia Sweden Switzerland Aruba Belize Canada Curacao Dominica Dominican Republic Greenland Fiji Vanuatu Similar to the first group, in these countries, no legal requirements are applied to foreign sites by local authorities. A foreign operator may have a license of any jurisdiction, and in some countries, it is not obliged to have it at all. However, all local operators require to undergo a licensing procedure from the regulator and deduct taxes to the local treasury. In the following countries, there are no restrictions for gambling sites at all: Africa Asia Europe North America South America Oceania Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Congo Democratic Republic of Congo Egypt Equatorial Guinea Gabon Ghana Guinea bissau Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Morocco Mozambique Namibia Niger Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Sierra Leone South Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda West Sahara Zambia Zimbabwe Bangladesh Macau India Mongolia Myanmar Tajikistan Albania Andorra Belarus Faroe islands Gibraltar Isle Of Man Kosovo Liechtenstein Malta Bahamas Barbados Bermuda Costa Rica Djibouti Grenada Guatemala Haiti Honduras Jamaica Nicaragua Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Turks and Caicos Argentina Bolivia Chile Ecuador Guyana Paraguay Peru Suriname Trinidad and Tobago Uruguay Venezuela Cook Islands Kiribati Micronesia Nauru Northern Mariana Islands Republic of Palau Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon islands East Timor Tonga This is the largest group of countries. In many of them, gambling is not regulated at all. REGULATION OF THE GAMBLING BUSINESS IN THE WORLD Today, almost every country has its own rules for regulating the gambling industry. However, the situation with online gambling is the most ambiguous. Obviously, in many countries, the attitude towards local and foreign operators is fundamentally different. In the European Union, for example, the activities of foreign gambling sites fall under the requirements of EU legislation, to which its member states must comply. However, not all countries agree with the fact that foreign operators deduct taxes not to the local treasury. Contrary to the EU requirements, they reassign foreign operators to their regulation rules forcing them to receive a local gambling license and pay taxes to the local budget. For example, France, Germany, Italy act in this way. The second reason for such a different attitude to local and foreign operators is that many countries (especially not very technologically advanced ones) simply do not have the necessary resources or instruments of influence to prevent foreign companies from working on their territories. Summarizing the availability of online gambling in the world it is worth saying that: 32 countries prohibit local operators to work without a license, however, those gambling sites that are operated from abroad can offer their services to local residents safely. These are the following countries: Seychelles, Armenia, Dominican Republic, Greece, Monaco, Norway, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, etc. 32 countries allow all gambling sites to operate only under a local gambling license. For example: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, etc. 28 countries prohibit local residents to gamble and block the sites of local gambling operators. However, foreign sites are free to operate, even if they do not have a license. The governments of these countries are either unwilling or unable to prevent them. For example: Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Nigeria, etc. 93 countries do not prohibit online casinos and do not license them. These ones include the following countries: Bolivia, Uruguay, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Tunisia, Kosovo, Gibraltar, etc Über Alkesh Alle Beiträge von Alkesh Questions & Answers (0) Have a question? Our panel of experts will answer your queries.Post your question Leave a Comment Antworten abbrechenDon't see the answer that you're looking for? Ask us Now!Your question *Name* Email Address * Meinen Namen, E-Mail und Website in diesem Browser speichern, bis ich wieder kommentiere.