On countries where gambling activities remain illegal

6th of September, 2023

In the vast majority of countries around the world, activities related to gambling have become fully or partially legal. However, there are still states that have a negative attitude towards such business. Here they are: Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, North Korea, China, UAE. It is worth noting that China has recently started to be more loyal to high-risk activities. Slightly less strict laws are in force in the Vatican, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria and the Cayman Islands.

Let's look at a few examples of how the legislation restricting gambling activities works.


For locals, any gambling is a taboo. Such leisure activities are classified as a criminal offense. You can spin roulette or play poker only in expensive hotels, and only tourists can do it.


Here there is no complete ban. The Chinese can take part in lotteries and bet on sporting events, but these entertainments are under the complete monopoly of the state. The exception is the Macau region, where the gambling business is developing rapidly by Chinese standards.


Formally, the ban on gambling was introduced back in 1941, but you can use the services of state gambling companies.


This country once burned on gambling. At the end of the last century, the activities of such companies were authorized, but locals were overly fond of gambling. As a result, all licenses were canceled, and today gambling is available only to tourists.

North Korea. 

Can there be a more textbook example in this context? Of course, locals are strictly forbidden to visit and organize casinos, totalizators and so on. Tourists have such an opportunity, but to spend time for gambling will have to be in the company of a guide.

As we can see, European countries are not on the list. There gambling business functions without any problems, the main thing is to get a license. Let's talk about it in more detail.

How to get a gambling license

Working without a license is a bad idea. If you plan to operate in the European economic space, sooner or later there will be fines, sanctions and other troubles. The best way to get a gambling license is to seek help from specialists. This procedure is not the easiest and requires knowledge of many nuances.

If you contact Intelligent Solution Group, our specialists will undertake the following tasks:

  • analyzing the client's activity;
  • choosing the best license option;
  • company registration;
  • opening a bank account;
  • obtaining a license.

Pay attention to the Curacao license, it is one of the most popular among online projects in the gambling industry.