Curacao Gambling License

Curacao is a constituent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands with its own civil law system, which contains many laws and regulations based on their equivalents in the Netherlands. The Curacao gambling license is regulated in accordance with national legislation and is most common among startups looking for a relatively low regulatory entry barrier and cost-effective solutions.

That being said, you should take note of the upcoming regulatory changes. The government of Curacao is in the process of updating its gambling legislation, including remote gaming, as it aims to align the regulatory framework with international standards and tackle illegal gambling. The changes include the establishment of a new independent regulatory body, the Curacao Gaming Authority, and the replacement of current license types. The new regulations are expected to come into force by the end of 2023.

PACKAGE «COMPANY & GAMBLING LICENSE IN CURACAO»

79,900 EUR
PACKAGE «COMPANY & GAMBLING LICENSE IN CURACAO» INCLUDES:
  • Facilitation of the incorporation process for your Curaçao e-Gaming Company, acting on your behalf as the shareholder.
  • Provision of a local registered address to meet the statutory requirements for your Company’s establishment.
  • Assistance in appointing a Nominee shareholder
  •  Preparation of all the necessary licensing documentation required for the successful application of the e-Gaming License
  •  Expert guidance and support throughout the e-Gaming License application process.
  •  Provision of a qualified local Managing Director, as required by regulations, along with other substance services essential for the efficient operation of your e-Gaming Company.
  • Registration of the gambling license in Curacao, payment for mandatory state fees and licensing fees.
  • Local hosting and space on the server – a very important aspect to secure your business.
  • The procedure of application and registration of all documents – takes on the average 4-6 weeks, provided that the customer presents the complete package of documents.

Advantages of the Curacao Gambling License

Curacao Gambling License

Curacao has a modern business infrastructure with high-quality telecommunications and internet facilities, an attractive legislative system, and sound financial services. The process of establishing a new company is simple and speedy, costs associated with the formation and maintenance of the licensed gambling company are low, and the bureaucracy relating to the license application is minimal.

It’s difficult to find a jurisdiction that has a more competitive taxation system than Curacao. Importantly, it’s also compliant with international taxation rules. No taxes are payable on gross gaming revenue generated by companies operating online and registered in the e-zone, and instead, the 2% rate is levied on the net profits. There is no VAT which is another major advantage.

The Curacao gambling license permits a variety of different secure payment options, including credit cards, debit cards, check deposits, and even the use of cryptocurrencies which enables the setup of cryptocurrency casinos and provides access to a wider segment of players. It’s worth noting that using cryptocurrencies allows casino operators to avoid fees incurred by credit card transactions.

Another aspect of flexibility is related to technical requirements for gambling licensees. Software manufacturers of a gambling portal are subject to minimal requirements which enables the use of slots and Random Number Generators (RNGs) that are in beta testing.

These conditions allow new gambling entrepreneurs to explore and experiment with gambling business ideas in a safe, regulated environment before possibly deciding to obtain a license in a more expensive and stringent jurisdiction. Curacao licensees are also currently able to reinvest more money in their business growth, iterate their gambling products, and offer additional gambling activities without having to apply for multiple licenses.

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Current Gambling Regulations in Curacao

The Curacao Gaming Control Board (GCB) is in charge of regulating the Curacao land-based casino industry, including licensing all lotteries, charity bingo, and charity bon ku ne, as well as licensing and supervising online gaming operators conducting business in or from Curacao. The authority is also responsible for enforcing regulations of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). The purpose of the supervision is to maintain the stability and integrity of the gambling industry in Curacao, as well as protect the interests of the public. Therefore, the enforced regulations provide a framework for honest, responsible, competitive, and crime-free gambling practices.

In Curacao, the following legislation and regulations are applicable to gambling businesses:

Regulations for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) details customer identification and due diligence procedures, policies, and procedures regarding unusual transactions, the appointment and responsibilities of a compliance officer, and other relevant processes and requirements. In line with the regulations, each casino’s senior management must issue a policy statement that clearly expresses the casino’s commitment to combat the abuse of its facilities, products, and services for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing. This approach enables to build trust in the gambling industry, and the entire jurisdiction which ultimately leads to a bigger client base and business success.

The Main Features of Curacao Gambling License

In Curacao, there are two types of gambling licenses – the Master License and the Sub-License. The Master License is valid for 5 years and authorizes its holders to offer all types of gambling activities and to grant Sub-Licenses. The Master License isn’t available to any new applicants. The only available license in Curacao is the Sub-License which also authorizes its holders to conduct all types of gambling activities, including sports betting, slots, table games, and RNG-based games, and it’s valid as long as the Master License they’re linked to is valid.

You can choose from the following Master License holders who have been authorized to issue licenses on behalf of the government since 1996:

  • Antillephone N.V. #8048/JAZ
  • Curacao Interactive Licensing N.V. (CIL) #5536/JAZ
  • Cyberluck Curacao N.V. (Curacao-eGaming) #1668/JAZ
  • Gaming Curacao #365/JAZ

All of these master licensees have their own, differing policies designed to protect consumer interests, including resolving complaints and handling disputes between players and operators. For instance, Antillephone N.V. requires evidence that a casino player has already tried to resolve an issue with a casino first by providing screenshots of communication with the casino’s support team. Antillephone N.V. is considered the most reliable master licensee and was the first operator in Curacao to approve cryptocurrency payments.

A Curacao gambling license enables online casinos to conduct, inter alia, the following activities:

  • Acquire software from leading manufacturers
  • Integrate customized and reliable payment systems into the gambling website that facilitates the receipt of payments and prize money in various ways
  • Build trust with customers as a license signals that the casino can pay out winnings

Curaçao

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Willemstad 148,925 ANG $22,581

Blocked zones for Curacao

Afghanistan, France, Iran, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, USA, United Kingdom, Curacao

Red zones for Curacao

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Requirements for Curacao Gambling License Applicants

Curacao Gambling License As mentioned earlier, in Curacao, requirements for gambling license applicants are reasonable and relatively easily satisfiable by startups. The very first and foundational requirement is the incorporation of a new company in Curacao which our team here at Regulated United Europe can help you with. The next steps are related to determining the identities of involved persons, their business model, residence, origins of the funds, and other business information.

License fees differ, depending on the requirements of a Master License holder and several other conditions. In general, they’re considerably lower than in other popular jurisdictions. If you wish to find out what license fees and other associated fees apply to your specific business model, please reach out to our team here at Regulated United Europe and we’ll be happy to schedule a personalized consultation.

Other requirements for gambling license applicants include the following:

  • Only persons of at least 18 years of age are eligible for applying for a license
  • The presence of at least one physical server of the company in the jurisdiction of Curacao
  • The design and implementation of internal AML/CFT processes and procedures in line with applicable legislation
  • Only certified gaming software can be used
  • The technical audit of the gaming software and hardware
  • Fit and proper tests for company directors and shareholders
  • The design and implementation of responsible gaming processes and procedures in line with relevant regulations
  • The appointment of an internal compliance officer, responsible for ensuring compliance with AML/CFT regulations

In order to apply for a license in Curacao, the company’s shareholders, directors, and all types of beneficial owners are required to supply the following documents:

  • Certified copies of passports
  • Certified copies of second-type ID documents
  • Proof of address, e.g. original or certified copies of utility bills (no more than 3 months old)
  • CVs proving the ability to conduct the operations of a gambling company
  • Proof of good financial standing
  • Police certificates of no criminal record from the country of residence
  • Original bank reference letters where the relationship must be over 2 years
  • Original professional reference letters from an accountant or lawyer where the relationship must be over 2 years
  • Personal License Application Forms, designed by the GCB

Also, the following company documents must be provided:

  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Association
  • Business plan
  • Copies of software agreements and/or 3rd party certification of the RNG application and its fairness, if applicable
  • Other documents containing information about gambling software
  • Proof of domain ownership
  • A full and detailed description of the games to be provided
  • Copies of the company’s Terms & Conditions containing gaming policy for the protection of minors, responsible gaming policies, and KYC policy for players
  • A list of all jurisdictions of potential operation
  • Gambling activity-specific License Application Form (e.g., casino or other), designed by the GCB

All the required documents must be dated within 90 dates and supplied in the English language. If you’re going to need certified translation services, please reach out to our friendly team here at Regulated United Europe and we’ll advise on the most cost-effective and efficient options.

While there’s only one type of license granted to all types of gambling businesses, the application and operational requirements may vary depending on the type of gambling activity. For instance, stand-alone land-based casinos aren’t permitted in Curacao. To be eligible for a license, a land-based casino must be an amenity of a hotel that is focused on tourism. An eligible casino license applicant can be either the owner of the hotel or the hotel operator. Such a casino should primarily generate revenue from foreign tourists that are accommodated in the hotel to which the casino is attached.

GAMBLING LICENSE IN Curacao

Period for consideration
4-8 weeks Annual fee for supervision €25,000
State fee for application
€5,000 Local staff member Required
Required share capital No Physical office Required
Corporate income tax 2% Accounting audit Required

How to Establish a New Company in Curacao

To obtain a gambling license in the jurisdiction of Curacao, you must first establish a local company which can be either the Public Limited Liability Company (N.V.) or the Private Limited Liability Company (B.V.). The time required to register a company varies depending on the complexity of the business but it can often be established within one day.

The main requirements include the following:

  • At least one director who must be a Curacao resident
  • At least one shareholder (no residency requirements)
  • A local point of contact (resident) responsible for receiving business correspondence
  • Holding an annual shareholders’ meeting on the island of Curacao

The main steps of establishing a company in Curacao:

  • Choosing a compliant and available company name
  • Preparing all required documents
  • Obtaining a registered business address in Curacao, in the e-zone
  • Submitting the registration form and required documents to the Curacao Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Appointing a local company representative or a local resident managing director

The required documents include the following:

  • Certified copies of passports of company shareholders and directors
  • Proof of address of the company’s shareholders and directors
  • Proof of registered office address in Curacao
  • Articles of Association

How to Apply for a License in Curacao

The process of applying for a gambling license in Curacao is currently less complex than in many other popular jurisdictions. Once you’ve opened a company in Curacao,  a gambling license can be issued in about 2-6 weeks, provided that you’ve submitted a quality application containing all the required documents.

The main stages of the application process are as follows:

  • The preparation of all the required documents
  • The completion of fit and proper tests and applicable background checks
  • The submission of your application along with the documents to the GCB
  • The transfer of the application fee
  • The finalization of your domain name, server, and gambling platform, if applicable
  • The review of your gambling software and hardware by the Master License holder’s technical compliance team, if applicable
  • Once the information submitted by the applicant is verified and satisfies all the requirements, a Sub-License is granted

The aim of the application process isn’t only to verify the provided information and documents. The authorities also try to understand whether applicants demonstrate a clear understanding of responsible gaming practices and a strong commitment to player protection in line with applicable legislation. While the process is less complex than in many other jurisdictions, navigating applicable regulations might be challenging. Therefore, you should still seek professional assistance in going through all the application stages, including company incorporation. Our team of experienced legal consultants will be happy to step in and provide personalized guidance.

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Requirements for License Holders

The main requirements for Curacao gambling licensees pertain to safe gambling regulations which are detailed in the Island Ordinance Casino Sector Curacao. Firstly, each casino operator is obligated to have the Request for Self-Exclusion Form, developed and provided by the GCB, and make it accessible to all patrons. It is also mandatory to designate at least one person to be the main point of contact for the GCB which would be responsible for managing communications with the authority, including information related to self-exclusion or involuntary exclusion procedures, receipt and maintenance of the self-exclusion and involuntary exclusion list, and submission of the casino’s procedures.

Every casino operator must also establish procedures and systems which require casino employees to identify self-excluded or involuntarily excluded persons present in the casino, and notify those employees of the casino designated to monitor the presence of self-excluded or involuntarily excluded persons. If GCB inspectors are present in the casino, they can be informed orally, otherwise, it’s mandatory to send a notification via email or postal mail.

It’s also obligatory to establish procedures and systems which utilize the player tracking systems and other electronic means, including checking all taxable patron winnings against the self-exclusion list and the involuntary exclusion list, to assist in determining whether self-excluded or involuntarily excluded persons are participating in any gaming activities.

All Curacao-licensed casino operators must also set up procedures, policies, and systems which deny casino credit, check cashing privileges, player club membership, complimentary goods and services, junket participation, and other similar privileges and benefits to any self-excluded or involuntarily excluded person.

It is strictly prohibited to send targeted mailings, telemarketing promotions, player club materials, or other promotional materials related to gaming activities performed at the licensed casino to self-excluded or involuntarily excluded persons. Therefore, all licensees must set up relevant procedures and policies in order to prevent such persons from receiving promotional materials.

Moreover, every licensee must post or provide at each entrance and exit to the gaming premises, and in conspicuous places in or near gaming or cage areas and cash dispensing machines located on the gaming premises. It’s also mandatory to provide GCB-approved written materials, concerning the nature and symptoms of problem gambling, the procedure for self-exclusion, including how to obtain the Request for Self-Exclusion form, the telephone number of the Fundashon pa Maneho di Adikshon, the center of the knowledge of addiction, and the criteria for involuntary exclusion.

If the casino’s employees encounter a self-excluded or involuntarily excluded person in the casino, they must deny access to the premises to such person and notify the GCB of the breach. Both the security and surveillance departments must immediately determine how the person was able to gain access to the premises without being detected and, how the casino plans to prevent such breaches in the future.

They must also calculate the net winnings or losses attributable to the excluded person, in which case the casino must retain them and, after withholding applicable taxes, donate said winnings to the GCB. A report of the foregoing must be prepared and sent to the GCB within 5 days after the breach is detected. Donations received by the GCB are solely used for financing anti-problem gambling activities of the Fundashon pa Maneho di Adikshon.

Each casino operator is obligated to submit to the GCB for written approval a copy of the procedures established pursuant to these regulations within 90 days from the adoption of them. Also, any amendment to the casino’s procedures and policies must be submitted for approval to the GCB at least 14 days prior to their implementation.

A licensed operator must display a permanent logo showcasing that it’s been granted a Sub-License. If the operator conducts advertising and marketing activities targeted at audiences residing in Curacao, it’s also obligatory to adhere to responsible gaming messaging and the advertising message approved by the GCB.

Our team here at Regulated United Europe will be delighted to support you in incorporating a company and obtaining a gambling license in Curacao. With dedicated legal advisors, tax experts, and financial accountants at your side, you will find the incorporation and application processes easy, frictionless, and transparent. Contact us now to schedule a personalized consultation and set the stage for long-lasting success.

Curacao gambling license changes

In 2023, it is planned to update Curacao gaming license. The challenge facing the authorities of the island state is not an easy one: to maintain the attractiveness of the license for customers while ensuring compliance with growing international standards.

When changes take effect

According to Finance Minister Curacao Mr Javier Silvania, the changes will be introduced in the second quarter of 2023. The minister assures me that Curacao will remain an important player in the online gaming industry. At the moment, the Council of Ministers adopted a draft version of the changes to the legislation and sent for approval to the Social Economic Council (SER). After that, a decision by the Council of Advice (RVA) and the Parliament will be required. According to Regulated United Europe experts, it will take at least 6 months before the new Curacao license comes into effect. Although the details may change, I would like to highlight the changes that are coming.

Curacao Gambling License

New types of Curacao gaming licenses

Curacao will abandon the previous system of Master Licenses and Sub-Licenses and replace it with permits issued directly by the government with categories B2C and B2B.
● B2C – license to operate as operator (bookmaker, casino)
● B2B is a license to operate as a game provider, white label platform provider, and payment solution provider.

Essential physical presence of key personnel on Curacao

In recent years, many countries have increased requirements for foreign investors and have begun to require a real presence in the country of incorporation. This is especially true when it comes to licensed activities. To obtain Curacao’s gaming license in 2023, it will be necessary to register a local company and ensure its full operation in Curacao. The main change concerns the actual presence of employees in Curacao: now it is necessary to have one person in a key position, and under the new rules they must necessarily be three or more. It is also required to have a physical office within 5 years of the law coming into force. Key positions are considered local director, local manager, local compliance and/or operations specialist (AML officer). The office that the company occupies should be suitable for a business that is engaged in gambling activities.

Transition period

The authorities of Curaçao plan to maintain professional relations with companies with existing gaming licenses and give them a transition period of 18 months after the new rules come into force. In order to qualify for this transitional period, it is necessary to apply for a new license no later than 3 months before the new law comes into force. You can submit this application remotely. Within 2 weeks, the Curacao Gaming Authority (CGA) is obliged to respond to the request and within 8-12 weeks to make a decision on issuing a license. CGA has the right to issue an «ordinary» license for 5 years or «temporary» license for 6 months with possibility of extension for another 6 months. A temporary license is granted if the applicant has small or easily remedied non-conformities with the new requirements.

National Gambling Ordinance (LOK)

The cornerstone of this reform is the National Gambling Ordinance (LOK), which has already been submitted to the country’s Advisory Council and is now on its way to Parliament. The LOK Gaming License is intended to replace the current system of core and sub-licenses, in which only four primary licensees have the authority to grant sub-licenses to operators. While LOK 2023 introduces provisions that apply to all gambling in Curacao, the government will initially focus on online games. To ensure an uninterrupted and secure regulatory environment, LOK provides for the establishment of the Curacao Gaming Authority (CGA), an independent administrative body. The role of the CGA is not only to prevent, but also to mitigate, any undesirable and illegal acts associated with gambling.

The process of applying for new gaming licenses on Curacao (after September 1, 2023)

On September 1, 2023, the Gambling Control Board (GCB) will begin issuing new licenses directly to operators in accordance with current legislation. It is important to note, however, that these new license holders will not be allowed to issue sub-licences. The Curacao gaming industry will operate under stricter rules starting September 1, 2023. This is a major change in the legal framework that has been under way for some time in a tiny Caribbean island country. According to Finance Minister Javier Sylvania, access to online operators on Curacao will be subject to stricter internationally recognized standards. The law calling for reform is the National Gambling Ordinance, also known as LOK. LOK is expected to tighten industry regulations, including anti-money laundering measures, fraud prevention and player protection. We demand transparency regarding the sources of funds coming to our country», Sylvania said at iGaming NEXT Valletta 23. «We insist that operators comply with legislation that complies with authoritative jurisdictions and meets the minimum requirements of international laws and guidelines on money laundering». LOK also introduced a new regulatory body called the Curacao Gaming Authority. According to Minister Silvania, the creation of a new oversight body is intended not only to prevent, but also to mitigate, any undesirable and illegal actions. Before implementation on September 1, the Advisory Council reviews the LOK and then passes to Parliament. Curaçao is a constitutional monarchy and is part of the Netherlands. The reform of Curacao is slow. The island has several online gambling operators, and Curacao gaming license is one of the most popular. There is also a favorable tax regime for the gambling industry, so changes are regularly pushed back, causing criticism from the Netherlands and industry players. Sylvania insists that existing operators be allowed to continue their activities without interruption, and that the Gambling Control Board (GCB) launch a special portal to simplify the licensing application process. Minister Curaçao stressed that most Curaçao licensed operators remain honest and follow best practices. However, he warned that the country should not forget that some abuse Curaçao’s reputation. Changes in Curacao’s gambling legislation are an attempt to keep up with the general trend in the industry. The aim is to increase transparency and accountability by strengthening measures against money-laundering.

Annual fee for Curacao gaming licence

Curaçao is a well-known jurisdiction in the world of online gambling, offering licences for gambling businesses. These licences attract many operators due to their availability, ease of obtaining and relatively low cost. Let’s take a closer look at the annual fees for maintaining a gambling licence in Curacao and what additional costs may be incurred by the holders of such licences.

Main aspects of a gambling licence in Curaçao

A gambling licence in Curaçao allows operators to offer a wide range of gaming services including sports betting, casino games, poker, lotteries and other forms of online gambling. Key benefits of obtaining a licence in Curaçao include:

  • Low tax rates: Corporate tax for licensed gambling companies is only 2%, making Curaçao an attractive jurisdiction for international gambling.
  • One licence for all types of gaming: Unlike many other jurisdictions that require different licences for different types of gaming activities, in Curaçao one licence covers all aspects of gambling.
  • Ease and speed of obtaining a licence: The process of obtaining a licence is relatively quick and does not require complex bureaucracy.

Annual licence fee

The annual fee for a gambling licence in Curaçao is approximately EUR 25,000. This amount includes the cost of maintaining the licence and access to regulatory services. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the initial cost of obtaining a licence and subsequent annual fees may vary depending on a variety of factors, including the chosen intermediary or consultant whose services may be required for the paperwork and application process.

Additional costs

Additional costs associated with operating a gambling business in Curaçao should be added to the annual licence fee, including:

  • Compliance and audit fees: Regular inspections and audits are mandatory to confirm compliance with applicable laws and standards.
  • Technical infrastructure: Operators must maintain a high level of security and reliability of their systems, which entails IT infrastructure and software costs.
  • Licence fees: Some types of games may require additional licences or fees for use of the software.

Conclusion

A gambling licence in Curaçao offers a number of advantages for international operators, such as low taxes, the universality of the licence and the relative ease of obtaining it. However, it is important to consider the annual costs of not only the licence itself, but also the associated costs of maintaining appropriate standards and operations. Companies planning to do business in Curaçao should carefully assess all potential costs and regulatory requirements to optimise their operations and minimise risk.

 Registering a gambling platform in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most popular jurisdictions for registering online gambling platforms, thanks to its liberal gambling laws and relatively low costs of doing business. The country offers a unique regulatory environment that differs from traditional gambling licences. In this article, we look at the key steps, requirements and specifics of registering a gambling platform in Costa Rica.

Legal framework

Unlike many countries with specialised gambling licences, Costa Rica offers the possibility of registering a company that can operate gambling without obtaining a specific gambling licence. Instead, companies are registered as regular commercial enterprises, while they must comply with certain rules and conditions to operate a gambling business.

Registration process

  1. Company Registration: The first step is to establish a legal entity in Costa Rica. This is usually done in the form of a limited liability company (Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada) or a corporation (Sociedad Anonima). In order to register, it is necessary to prepare the articles of incorporation, identify the shareholders and directors.
  2. Commercial Licence: Although a special gambling licence is not required, a company must obtain a commercial licence (cedula juridica) which allows it to conduct business in Costa Rica.
  3. Office and local representation: The company must have a registered office in Costa Rica and, if possible, designate a local resident as the company’s representative.
  4. Bank Account: The company needs to open a bank account in Costa Rica to conduct its operations.
  5. Regulatory Compliance: Although there is no strict gambling regulation, companies operating a gambling business must comply with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing legislation.

Taxation and financial issues

Costa Rica offers an attractive tax environment for gambling companies. Since the company will be incorporated as a regular business entity, it is subject to general corporate taxation. However, it is important to note that income earned from foreign players is generally not taxed, making Costa Rica attractive for international operations.

Conclusion

Registering a gambling platform in Costa Rica can be a favourable solution for entrepreneurs wishing to do business internationally with minimal regulatory restrictions. However, it is important to carefully consider all legal and financial aspects associated with such registration and, if necessary, consult with local lawyers and advisors to ensure full compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

 Gaming company in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has long attracted the attention of the global business community as one of the most attractive jurisdictions for the establishment and management of gambling companies. This country offers not only a favourable climate and high standard of living, but also convenient conditions for doing business, especially in the field of online gambling. In this article we will consider the main stages of establishing a gambling company in Costa Rica, its regulatory and tax aspects.

Legal framework for gambling in Costa Rica

It is important to note that Costa Rica does not have specialised legislation regulating online casinos and gambling platforms. Companies that are engaged in the organisation of gambling on the Internet are formally registered as ordinary commercial enterprises. This means that no special gambling licence is required to start operations, which greatly simplifies and speeds up the process of starting a business.

Company registration

To open a gambling company in Costa Rica, it is necessary to register a legal entity. This is usually done in the form of a limited liability company (Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada) or a corporation (Sociedad Anonima). The process involves preparing the incorporation documents, determining the directors of the company, and registering with the tax office and the relevant government agencies.

Opening a bank account

Running a gambling business in Costa Rica requires opening a corporate bank account. This can be a complicated process as many banks have strict requirements for documentation and capital origin. It is important to prepare all the necessary documents and possibly engage a local lawyer to expedite the procedure.

Taxation

Although Costa Rica attracts low tax rates, it is important to realise that all financial transactions must be transparent and in compliance with local laws. Gambling companies are required to pay corporate tax on income generated domestically, but income from foreign players is generally not taxed.

Legal Obligations and Compliance

Companies registered in Costa Rica must comply with data protection legislation, anti-money laundering laws and international sanctions measures. This includes preparing and implementing internal policies and procedures to prevent the use of the gambling platform for illegal activities.

Conclusion

Costa Rica offers significant advantages for establishing and operating a gambling business, including the relative ease of company registration and favourable tax policies. However, while there are no specialised licensing requirements, companies need to strictly monitor compliance with all local and international legal requirements to avoid legal risks and ensure sustainable business development.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Yes, gambling activities are licensed in Curacao. The Curacao gambling license is regulated in accordance with national legislation.

The process of obtaining a gambling license in Curacao involves several steps. Applicants need to submit an application to the Curacao eGaming Licensing Authority, providing all required documentation (company details, business plan, financial information, compliance measures etc.). The authority evaluates the application and conducts due diligence checks, consequently either granting the license or rejecting the application.

One more thing to note is that, while there’s only one type of license granted to all types of gambling businesses, the application and operational requirements may vary depending on the type of gambling activity.

The Curacao gambling license allows its holder to legally operate various types of online gambling activities, including casinos, sports betting platforms, lotteries, and more. It permits the company to offer gambling services to players around the world - except in blocked countries.

The duration of the licensing process in Curacao can vary based on factors such as the completeness of the application, the complexity of the gambling operation, and the workload of the licensing authority. Generally, it may take a few months to obtain a gambling license.

That said, if a complete package of documents is presented, the procedure of application and registration may take 4-6 weeks.

No. In order to apply for a gambling license in Curacao, the applicant is required to have a local bank account. This account will be used to conduct financial transactions related to gambling activities.

In Curacao, there are two types of gambling licenses – the Master License and the Sub-License. The Master License is valid for 5 years and authorizes its holders to offer all types of gambling activities and to grant Sub-Licenses. But the Master License isn’t available to any new applicants. The only available license in Curacao is the Sub-License which also authorizes its holders to conduct all types of gambling activities, including sports betting, slots, table games, and RNG-based games. Sub-license is valid as long as the Master License it’s linked to is valid.

Once it expires, licensees must renew their license to continue operating legally.

Obtaining a gambling license in Curacao offers several benefits, including:

  • Access to a reputable jurisdiction with a well-established regulatory framework;
  • Ability to offer a wide range of online gambling services to an international audience;
  • Relatively cost-effective and straightforward licensing process;
  • Highly competitive taxation system.

While Curacao is known for offering a streamlined licensing process, applicants must still meet specific requirements and undergo thorough checks. Complying with the necessary regulations and demonstrating a commitment to responsible gambling practices is essential for those seeking to obtain the license. Good preparation will also streamline the application process.

Yes, non-residents are permitted to own a gambling company in Curacao. There are no restrictions on the nationality or residency of the company's owners.

Yes, gambling companies holding a license in Curacao are subject to regular audits. The licensing authority conducts audits to ensure compliance with the regulations and to maintain the integrity of gambling operations.

Yes, a Curacao gambling company can have directors who are not local residents, but only if there is more than one director. According to the jurisdiction, at least one director must be a Curacao resident.

Yes, Curacao has implemented anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) measures to prevent illicit financial activities within its gambling sector. Licensed gambling companies must adhere to strict AML/CTF regulations and implement robust procedures to detect and report suspicious transactions.

To establish a Curacao company, a minimum of one director is required. However, depending on the type and size of the company, it may be advisable to have multiple directors.

Curacao does not have a specific minimum authorized capital requirement for gambling license applicants. However, having sufficient capital to carry out intended gambling operations is essential to meet the licensing criteria.

No taxes are payable on gross gaming revenue generated by companies operating online and registered in the e-zone. Instead, the 2% corporate tax applies to net profits. There is no VAT. Other taxes and fees include social security contributions and license fees.

The annual license fee for a gambling company in Curacao varies based on the type of gambling activities offered and the scale of operations.

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Milana

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CONTACT US

At the moment, the main services of our company are legal and compliance solutions for FinTech projects. Our offices are located in Vilnius, Prague, and Warsaw. The legal team can assist with legal analysis, project structuring, and legal regulation.

Company in Lithuania UAB

Registration number: 304377400
Anno: 30.08.2016
Phone: +370 661 75988
Email: [email protected]
Address: Lvovo g. 25 – 702, 7th floor, Vilnius,
09320, Lithuania

Company in Poland Sp. z o.o

Registration number: 38421992700000
Anno: 28.08.2019
Phone: +48 50 633 5087
Email: [email protected]
Address: Twarda 18, 15th floor, Warsaw, 00-824, Poland

Regulated United Europe OÜ

Registration number: 14153440–
Anno: 16.11.2016
Phone: +372 56 966 260
Email:  [email protected]
Address: Laeva 2, Tallinn, 10111, Estonia

Company in Czech Republic s.r.o.

Registration number: 08620563
Anno: 21.10.2019
Phone: +420 775 524 175
Email:  [email protected]
Address: Na Perštýně 342/1, Staré Město, 110 00 Prague

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