Mauritius is a small island off of the east coast of Madagascar. It is completely surrounded by the Indian Ocean, and the island of Reunion is located about 100 miles to the south-west.
There are two separate policies when it comes to online gambling regulations in Mauritius. On one hand, you have the policies about licensing and allowing companies to operate from inside their borders. On the other hand, you have laws governing the ability for players to get in on the action themselves. In Mauritius, these two sides are completely at odds with each other in a way that isn't commonly seen to this extent.
Online gambling is explicitly illegal for the residents of Mauritius. This is to such a degree that the government can block transactions for online gambling and even the sites themselves by controlling Internet service providers. With that having been said, they still offer licenses for companies to operate there, even though their players can't access the games.
Licenses have been available for online gambling operators in Mauritius since way back in 1996. They got an early start and began licensing around the time of the birth of the industry itself. What's interesting about these licenses is that they aren't all that well-known in the industry despite how long this country has been offering them. It's currently unknown how strict these licenses are or what the requirements are for companies who want to apply for and maintain one of them.
Despite the fact that online gambling operators are licensed for operation in Mauritius, you'll find no form of player protection. In fact, this country goes out of its way more than most to try to prevent players from accessing the games. This includes actively blocking gambling transactions and the sites that players would access.
This type of site-based blocking has never really been successful anywhere because that number of sites and domain names grows faster than the filter can keep up. With that having been said, it shows that they are serious about the illegal status of gambling online, and you could face penalties if you're caught gambling on the Internet in this country.
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