The legality of online gaming globally

Online casinos are overtaking the iGaming market currently, but some countries are yet to experience the biggest gaming adventure like others. The practice of online casino is stringently monitored by the authorities, and it is crucial to stay aware of the countries that are licensed or banned from online gambling. Over the past years, the gambling industry has shown a steady growth garnering the attention of new players every day. Here is a comprehensive list of countries around the world, divided into four sections, where online gambling is licensed and accepted.


1. Countries where international online casinos are not outlawed

These are the list of countries that do not require any authorization by foreign online casinos for the citizens of that country to play. This means international online casinos can achieve a license from any of the following countries or even operate without one. However, remember that gambling is illegal to play in some of these countries. For instance, in countries like the Cayman Islands, gambling is strictly prohibited, but the locals can still participate in international casinos.

  • Africa – Eritrea, Nigeria.
  • Asia – Azerbaijan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
  • Europe – Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Iceland, Luxembourg, Serbia, Slovakia.
  • North America – Cayman Islands, Salvador, Mexico.
  • South America – Brazil.
  • Oceania – American Samoa, Australia, Guam, New Zealand.

2. Countries where casino websites need authorization from the local governor

The following list of countries follows the most important rule of running an online casino – getting a license. Whether it is a regional or an international online casino site, they require to obtain a license and also fulfil statutory qualifications from the local government to keep the business running in the state. If any of the online casino websites do not follow the country’s protocol, it will be blocked or banned.

  • Africa – Ethiopia, Mayotte, Reunion Island.
  • Asia – Georgia, Sri Lanka
  • Europe – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, UK.
  • North America – Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Panama, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Virgin Islands (USA).
  • South America – Falkland Islands, French Guiana.
  • Oceania – French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna Islands.

3. Countries which require a license of the local regulator only for the local gaming sites, although foreign platforms can work without it

Countries falling under this category require permission from their regional regulator, but only for the local casino websites. These countries allow all foreign websites that hold genuine licensing from any jurisdiction, while some countries allow operating even without it. The local operators need to undergo a compulsory licensing procedure to pay taxes.

  • Africa – Comoros, Gambia, Guinea, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles.
  • Asia – Armenia.
  • Europe – Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland.
  • North America – Aruba, Belize, Canada, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Greenland.
  • Oceania – Fiji, Vanuatu.

4. Countries that have absolutely no constraints for the gambling sites

This category tops the highest number of countries that permit their citizens to play online gambling, and also allow any casino site to access without any license.

  • Africa- Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia. Niger. Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Asia – Bangladesh, Macau, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Tajikistan.
  • Europe – Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein, Malta.
  • North America – 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.
  • South America – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.
  • Oceania – Cook Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, East Timor, Tonga.

The legal age to gamble around the world

The legal age for the accessibility of online casinos by gamblers vary from country to country, while the most common legal age of a player to gamble is 18+ years. In the UK, players under the age of 16 years are allowed to buy lottery tickets and scratch cards but are not permitted to enter the casino or gamble until they reach the age of 18. In the USA, players need to be at least 21 years of age to gamble, but children of 16 years of age are allowed to play bingo, and 18-year-olds are eligible to play lottery sports. In Greece, the legal age to gamble is set to 23 years.


Name: The legality of online gaming globally
Author: Helen Stratford
Published Date: 15/07/2019