Countries where Betfair is legal or banned
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
- If after clicking you see the registration form, then you are allowed to register and play from your current location.
- 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:
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.
Where is Betfair Legal?
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 2015. Here are the countries that allow Betfair to run their platform:
- UK promo code
- Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
- Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro
- Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic
- Sweden, Denmark, Finland
- Germany (no Exchange)
- Malta (no poker or multiples)
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia (Afro-Asia)
- Allowed within Delware, New Jersey and Nevada via TVG (a Betfair company)
- South Africa
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
There 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)
- Turkey (Eurasia)
- North Korea
North and South America
- Ivory Coast
- DR Congo
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.
How to access Betfair from a banned country
We have heard that it is possible to use a VPN Client/Proxy, to access Betfair.
For the enrollment process you should try to find someone who lives in a country where you can legally sign up for the betting exchange. To verify the validity of their account they will need a valid passport and bank statement. If you borrow these documents from a friend that you trust you might be able to play in restricted countries…