To say that the legal status of Asian countries towards online gambling is confusing, would be an understatement. While some countries have legalized online gambling and have a nicely regulated market, they are very few. Most countries don’t allow online gambling mostly due to Islamic law. But whether or not gambling is legal, people seem to gamble anyway if they have the chance, with very few exceptions.
There are 50 sovereign territories in Asia.
Among those, 16 have legalized online gambling, that is 32 % of Asia.
In 24 territories online gambling is illegal, that is 48 % of Asia.
In other 10 territories online gambling is either in a legal grey area or their laws permit only some forms of online gambling, that is in 20 % of Asia.
In 24 territories where online gambling is not legal (but not necessary illegal either), people gamble anyway.
In 40 territories people gamble online regardless of the regulations, that is in 80 % of Asia.
The first map above shows all Asian territories and their legal status towards online gambling and the second map shows an actual state of online gambling, so whether people gamble or not regardless of the legal status.
The table below shortly describes the legal status for online gambling in each Asian territory. I wrote down whether online gambling is legal or not for each territory and whether or not people there gamble anyway.
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If you are a resident of any of the Asian countries where online gambling is illegal but decide to gamble anyway because other residents seem to be doing it freely without legal consequences, know you are doing it at your own discretion.
Country / Territory
Is Online Gambling ILLEGAL?
Do People Gamble?
Description of Legal Status
All forms of gambling are prohibited.
We don't recommend playing from Afghanistan
Online gambling is legal only on websites licenced in Armenia.
Online gambling is illegal, laws are strongly enforced and punishments for breaking it are severe.
We don't recommend playing from Brunei Darussalam
While gambling in general is allowed only for tourists within the country, casino operators and online websites offer their services to locals as well. Cambodian resitents are free to play in foreign online gambling sites.
Online gambling in China is illegal but a lot of people do it anyway using VPNs and underground payment platforms. Online gambling is illegal even in Hong Kong and Macau, which otherwise allow some forms of land-based gambling.
Online gambling is restricted (with the exception of lotteries and horse racing) but no law specifically forbids Indian residents from gambling online, so around half of bets made in India are on foreign online gambling websites.
Gambling is prohibited in general, which is interpreted to extend to online gambling as well. But since there is no enforcement in practice, people do it freely. However it's safer to play in foreign websites because in companies based in Laos you have to prove your nationality and payouts are only legal for tourists.
Online gambling is not illegal although the country blocks most foreign sites to protect their interest in the large percentage of govermnent owned land-based casinos. It's completely legal to play online anywhere as long as you can reach the site.
All forms of gambling are strictly forbidden and any violation of the law results in imprisonment of the person in question along with his family.
We don't recommend playing from Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Online gambling is illegal but due to large demand, people do it anyway underground or on foreign websites. The country currently doesn't enforce the law and playing online doesn't have legal consequences.
Gambling is governed by Islamic law, although online gambling isn't explicitly mentioned. Due to war conditions in the country, the government doesn't focus on enforcing any gambling-related laws, so anyone who wants to gamble online is able to do so.
Casinos in any form are allowed only in Altai, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, and Primorsky regions, while bookmaking is allowed throughout Russia. Foreign gambling websites are often blocked but a lot of Russian resirends seek foreign gambling sites anyway.
Online gambling is illegal, governed by Islamic law, laws are strongly enforced and punishments for breaking it are severe.
We don't recommend playing from Saudi Arabia
Online gambling is forbidden and sites are blocked, with the exception of a few lottery games operated by the government.
We don't recommend playing from Singapore
Republic of Korea
Online gambling websites based in South Korea are illegal but no law forbids overseas casinos to offer their services to South Korean residents, so the country tries blocking their websites. Since no law restricts South Korean resitends from gambling online, they seek foreign gambling websites and accessing them using eWallets and VPNs.
There is no current law about online gambling in effect due to the country being at war and they don't have the time to deal with gambling. There is also poor internet access so most people don't have the option to gamble online. Although Syria is a country bound by Islamic law where all forms of gambling are considered illegal, anyone can gamble if desired so without consequences, granted he has internet access.
Gambling is allowed only in state-run lotteries, but due to thousands of foreign online gambling sites being offered to Taiwanese residents, they turn there for better odds and a wider selection of sports and games. The foreign sites aren't specifically restricted by Taiwanese law and the abundence of these sites makes blocking them practically impossible.
Online gambling is allowed only though IDDAA, the only company allowed to offer online gambling. They only offer sport betting. Foreign websites are blacklisted and fines for breaking the law are extremely high.
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