Countries where Betfair is legal or banned

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Betfair is available in multiple locations throughout the world. To find out if the bookmaker is accessible in your country, follow the steps below:

How to get the Compatibility Checker

  1. If after clicking you see the registration form, then you are allowed to register and play from your current location.
  2. If after clicking a message appears that says: “You are not permitted to register with Betfair from the country you are in” then the operator is not legal in your country.

Keep reading for the full list of countries which allow Betfair.

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Where is Betfair licensed?

Betfair is a truly international platform which holds betting licenses all over the world. They hold gambling licenses in following countries.

However outside of this list of 8 countries there many other places which have legal Betfair platforms as a result of these licenses.

In the following countries Betfair is legal, so if you are a resident you may sign up without any concerned. However, there is a lot of fluctuation in betting laws so Betfair is perpetually updating their locations. For instance in 2013, the platform withdrew from 4 countries because of new regulations. This list has been updated in 2019.

If Betfair is legal in your country you can take advantage of the Betfair promo code and check our Betfair review.

Here are the countries that allow Betfair to run their platform:


  • EuropeUK
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro
  • Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic
  • Sweden, Denmark, Finland
  • Spain
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Germany (no Exchange)
  • Malta (no poker or multiples)
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Lichtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Gibraltar


  • Australia
  • New Zealand


  • Asia GlobeIndonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia (Afro-Asia)
  • India
  • Philippines


  • Allowed within Delware, New Jersey and Nevada via TVG (a Betfair company)

South America

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Columbia


  • South Africa
  • Egypt

Note: This list is subject to changes in regulations. Also, please bear in mind that certain betting activities like betting exchange or poker may not be available within certain territories.

List of restricted countries

Betfair banned countriesThere are quite a few countries that have officially banned Betfair because of legal restrictions. These Betfair restricted countries will not load the platform if the computer can accurately detect the banned IP address of the user. However, as stated above this Betfair country list is modified frequently when laws and attitudes evolve.


  • France (Here's how you can bet online from France)
  • Belgium
  • Greece
  • Turkey (Eurasia)
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia


  • China
  • Japan
  • Israel
  • North Korea
  • Israel
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Thailand

North and South America

  • Canada
  • Cuba
  • Greenland
  • Mexico


  • Ivory Coast
  • DR Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan

Countries not mentioned

In most countries around the world, online gambling falls into a legal grey zone. Some countries have decided to legalise and control online gambling, but most countries are still unregulated and no actual laws exist. There are many countries where Betfair is not explicitly restricted but betting as a whole continues to be taboo.

You can see also our article Betfair vs Smartkets

51 thoughts on “Countries where Betfair is legal or banned

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  1. John Garland

    Betfair is not banned in Hong Kong.

    But it is banned in China

  2. nicola

    Thanks for the detail John. Article updated

  3. paolo is banned in Italy!!!!!

  4. Hitesh

    Pretty sure it is banned in Hong Kong as it does not allow me to register from a HK IP address.

  5. Martin

    Betfair exchange not possible from germany

  6. Bjoerns

    Betfair is legal in Norway. I have used it for years…

  7. jack

    Turkey isn not in Asia u idiot.

  8. Jon

    1. Turkey isn’t in Asia or Turkey is not in Asia
    2. Yes, it is

  9. Gabriele

    what about thailand ??

  10. lucky

    Is Betfair legal in Tanzania??

  11. tojefuk

    Exchange betting is not allowed in Austria. Only sportsbook betting…

  12. Al

    Dude, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq are in Asia,
    What the hell ?

  13. SaRmY

    Are betting exchange sites like, legal in Cyprus?

  14. ganesh

    Betfair legal in india

  15. H D

    Is Betfair banned in Singapore? Can’t log in with a VPN set from Singapore.

  16. Lee

    Does anybody know the situation with Betfair in Czech Republic? Specifically the Betfair iPhone app for the exchange. Any help greatly appreciated =]

  17. honey

    if some goes to betfair legal countries is it possible to bet on betfair without having bank account i mean to ask for eg through casinos or racecources

  18. Valdrin

    Hi guys?
    I dont understAnd and i dont see for betting from ( Kosova)
    Republic of Kosova this state on europe ? Is legal or ilegal ???

    ????? KOSOVA. ????

  19. rob

    Is using a UK betfair account possible when on holiday in Spain or Malaysia without being detected and stopped?

    If not, are there any decent VPN type of products available that will not be detected?

  20. SaRmY

    In Spain, Betfair bought license so the betting exchange is legal but only using the website
    However there isn’t available international liquidity (only exchange between Spanish users).
    Also other bet exchanges sites like and are forbidden because there haven’t game licence.

  21. Darko

    Kosovo is part of Serbia , so yes is legal.

  22. Grant

    can you open a betfair account if you live in Colombia?

  23. NETO

    Betfair was blocked in Portual.

  24. D4bo55

    Betfair will be blocked in Canada from January 14th 2016….

  25. GF

    Betfair is now blocked in Hungary

  26. Misha

    Today Canada is banned.

  27. Mario

    I`m going to Portugal for a few days in February and I know Betfair is not available there at the moment, but I have the App installed on my phone.
    Does anyone know If I will be able to access it through my App, as it`s a British registered account ?!
    If not, are there any ways around it through either my phone or laptop ?!
    Perhaps a VPN or something like that. Can anyone recommend ?!
    Thank you.

  28. Jonathan

    Hi Mario,

    The restrictions apply mainly to account creation, since you have already created an account from a regulated country you should have no problem accessing the app while you’re away.

    Enjoy the holiday, mate!

  29. Jonathan

    Hi Misha,

    You are correct, as of January 2016, Betfair is no longer accessible in Canada.

    Thanks for your feedback and sorry to all you Canadians out there 🙁

  30. Disappointed

    The good ol’ USA is now blocked too.

  31. Alice

    Hi there,

    If you look for Betfair US (TVG) you should be able find the online site?

  32. Mike

    It looks as if Singapore has banned it.

  33. Alice

    Thanks for sharing Mike!

  34. Gabriel


    is it legal use VPN connection to online betting? I already have my account in the country.


  35. Alice

    Hi Gabriel,

    Yes it is legal to use a VPN connection to access an operator in another country.

    Best of luck!

  36. Paul

    Hi Guys, I am pretty sure it is OK in the Philippines where I plan to travel later this year….. is this true? and also does anyone know if I will be able to access my account in Colombia?

    thanks in advance

  37. Paul

    ps my account is British registered

  38. Alice

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for getting in touch. I’ve just contacted Betfair to check and I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back.



  39. Anna

    Anyone can help me, about Sweden. It’s legal there?

    thanks guys.

  40. Alice

    Hi Anna,

    Sweden is within the list of legal countries, as noted above 🙂 Hope that helps!

  41. Ali G

    Betfair is not banned in Bulgaria! Please fix it. I am using their services every day, as bet365 (used to use it) does not currently have licence in Bulgaria.

  42. Alice

    Hi Ali, Thanks for letting us know! We’ve updated this now.

  43. chris

    Does anyone know if betfair is banned in Cyprus? It is banned here in Greece. ..

  44. Garfield

    I think it will be ban in belgium, slovenia and cyprus… Can any one confirm?

  45. john

    Is betfair legal in namibia, im planning to go for holiday there and i have Uk account already.will i able to access it? Thanks

  46. Sandi Hadzyc

    I had account for many years with substantial credit. Suddenly I have no access to my betfair account. Only a message that I’m from country which is not allowed.

  47. Lois RIBEIRO

    Sadly, Betfair and any other operator are restricted by laws in whichever country the players are in.

  48. Lois RIBEIRO

    Yes you can access betfair in Namibia.

  49. John

    Betfair is banned in South Africa since 2012

  50. Chris

    Banned in Switzerland since 28.06.2019. All good things come to an end.

  51. Pedro Paz

    Hi team, is Betfair still banned in South Africa? Why is it on the list? Please clarify and thanks a lot.

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