4 Countries with Strict Anti-Gambling Policies

Despite the prevalence of gambling, there are countries who have created laws against gambling in any way, shape or form. This includes access to online gambling sites.

If you are traveling to a foreign destination take note that the countries listed here have declared gambling as an illegal activity unless stated otherwise.


Lebanese law clearly states that gambling in any form is considered illegal. Online gambling sites have also been blocked by the Lebanese government.

One exception to this law would be the Casino du Liban located in Jounieh. This is the only designated online and land-based gambling facility. Any gambling done outside this establishment is subject to penalties.


Gambling in Cyprus is governed by the 2012 Betting Law that permits terminal-based gaming such as slot machines up to a maximum of 50 machines. However, under the 2015 Casino Law, table games for land-based establishments are permitted only at the Melco Cyprus Resort.

Take note that the Melco Cyprus Resort is still under construction and is expected to open its doors by 2019.


Singapore has several laws on gambling that are quite strict. They have the Private Lotteries Act that bans private lotteries unless permission to hold the event  has been granted.

The Common Gaming Houses Act prohibits all public gambling forms including Bingo, lotteries, and machine-based and terminal-based games unless a special permission has been granted.

Only three main Singapore gambling operators have been granted exception for land-based sports betting under the Betting Act. All others are considered illegal.

United Arab Emirates

Gambling, including online gambling, is strictly prohibited in this Muslim country. Under the UAE Penal Code Article 414, persons caught playing can find themselves in jail for up to 2 years. Access to online gambling sites have been blocked by the government as well.

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