Eritrea is a white-level online gambling jurisdiction since there is no distinct determination about whether Internet-based gambling is illegal.

Eritrea is located on the north-east coast of Africa. It borders Ethiopia to the south, Djibouti to the south-east, and Sudan to the west. It also has a very long coastline with the Red Sea across its north-east border.


Eritrea adheres to Islamic law, and this law teaches that all forms of gambling are wrong. When you combine that distinction with the fact that there are no specific laws against online gambling on the books, you get a very interesting and unclear situation where there's no real way to tell if online gambling is illegal. However, there is no real type of casino gaming in the country, and the only common game is a scratch-off lottery ticket game that could be illegal under current laws. Even with that, it's still pretty widespread, and it's not hard at all to buy tickets off of people in the streets who are selling them by hand.


No licensing process exists for online gambling sites in Eritrea, and it's very unlikely that one will exist in the foreseeable future. It's not unlikely that they completely outlaw online gambling with a specific law in the future either. The main thing that's so interesting on the topic of licensing in the country is that the one scratch-off lottery exists and operates openly even though it's probably illegal to do so. This tells us that police forces and government officials are either being paid off by the people running this lottery on some large scale or that they don't care about enforcing laws about gambling on such a small scale.

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Players should gamble at their own risk in Eritrea with the understanding that the punishments for being charged and convicted of it can be severe. With that having been said, the lottery shows that police aren't necessarily interested in pursuing people for gambling, and players might have luck playing with high-quality, reputable online gambling sites that are based elsewhere. Even in this instance, it's a situation where you play at your own risk because it's not clear if the law on this matter could change at any time.

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