Since the emergence of online gambling in the late 1990s and early 2000s, many countries – although not all – have decided to fully legalize the practice.
Even in countries where it has been formally banned, however, local authorities generally turn a blind eye and don’t prosecute violators. Nevertheless, it’s advisable to know the rules from country to country, just in case.
Online gambling is fully legal in almost every country in Europe, along with Australia. New Zealand also allows the practice, but only through online casinos based inside the country.
In Asia, meanwhile, Japan, Philippines, and Kazakhstan all freely allow online gambling, while in China, Thailand, and Singapore it remains tightly regulated.
India, for its part, has banned the practice countrywide, with the exception of Sikkim and Goa states.
And in Taiwan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the United Arab Emirates, all gambling – online or off – is strictly prohibited (at least on the books).
While gambling is also technically illegal in Pakistan, the country has no specific laws against the use of online casinos, thus making it safe to place online bets there.
Most countries in Africa, where there is often limited Internet access, have moved to ban online gambling, with the notable exception of Kenya, South Africa, and Mauritius.
In South and Central America, meanwhile, online casinos are freely accessible even though Internet betting is technically banned in some countries.
The US and Canada
Surprisingly, in the US, which accounts for some 70 percent of all online gambling worldwide, the practice is only legal in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada (the latter is home to Las Vegas).
While these restrictions are expected to be relaxed soon, it remains unclear exactly when this will happen.
As for Canada, the legal situation regarding online gambling appears to differ from province to province, although people are seldom – if ever – prosecuted for visiting casinos online.