Countries with legal online casinos

According to various estimates, there are from 193 to 197 countries in the world today. Is it possible to play online casinos everywhere? Let’s find out.

The whole map of the world can be divided into 5 groups.

Lack of regulation

This is the largest group, which includes about 40% of the countries (93 countries). These are mainly South American countries (Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Peru) and most of Africa (Zimbabwe, Republic of Chad, Angola, Botswana). Plus some countries like Belarus, India, Mongolia, New Guinea, located on other continents.

These are mainly poor countries, which simply do not have the necessary basis for the creation of game market regulators, improvement of legislation, changes in the scheme of tax authorities.

There are exceptions to this group. For example, European Liechtenstein, which receives the bulk of its tax revenues from registered companies. Or Egypt, where casinos are a good addition to the tourism business.

List of countries with no regulation

AfricaAsiaEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaOceania
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the 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, ZimbabweBangladesh, Macao, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, TajikistanAlbania, Andorra, Belarus, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, MaltaBahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and CaicosArgentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, VenezuelaCook Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, North Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, East Timor, Tonga

Local licenses

The second group includes about 14% of countries (32). They only require a license from local casinos. These include, for example, Canada, Greenland, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Norway, and Latvia.

Such an approach allows the state not to spend too many resources on market regulation, but at the same time, it helps to successfully combat illegal establishments.

List of countries where a license is required for local companies

AfricaAsiaEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaOceania
Comoros, Gambia, Guinea, Mauritius, Rwanda, SeychellesArmeniaGreece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, SwitzerlandАруба, Белиз, Канада, Кюрасао, Доминика, Доминиканская Республика, ГренландияFiji, Anuatu

Full licensing

Another 14% of countries (32) require a license for all casinos, regardless of where the company is registered. These are such countries as Panama, Ethiopia, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany.

This form of regulation is beneficial for everyone. The state receives more taxes. Gambling companies are in equal conditions. Ordinary players have much more choice and guarantees of casino reliability.

List of countries with full licensing

AfricaAsiaEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaOceania
Ethiopia, Mayotte, Reunion IslandGeorgia, Sri LankaAustria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, the United KingdomAntigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Panama, Saint Bartholomew (or Saint Bartholomew), Saint Martin, American Virgin IslandsFalkland Islands, French Guiana

Most of Europe is part of this group. And it is one of the most profitable markets in terms of gambling. The loyalty of local governments combined with the high standard of living of Europeans allows online casinos to earn large sums of money is legal.

Formal struggle

A small part of the countries (about 12%) prohibit the work of local casinos, but at the same time do not block the work of foreign ones. As a result, local entrepreneurs are forced to use tricks and register their companies in offshore zones – only then will they be able to reduce the likelihood of administrative and criminal prosecution.

Total ban

About 19% of countries (28 countries) have banned online casinos in whole or in part. These are Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Turkey, the USA, Colombia, Indonesia. Plus some African countries: South Africa, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan.

A ban can mean more than just administrative (and criminal) prosecution. Some states block casinos and illegal bookmaker sites. As a result, users cannot access these sites. Or they have to search for new addresses of advertised companies every time.


To work successfully in different markets, it is necessary to understand the peculiarities of state regulation in each particular region. Every year the situation changes: some countries become more loyal to gambling, while others, on the contrary, tighten laws.