New Rules in Georgia: Gambling Bans Become Stricter

From July 1, 2024, new amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses will come into force in Georgia, tightening the restrictions on gambling.

According to the new amendments, persons under 25 years of age (citizens of Georgia) and persons under 18 years of age (foreign citizens), as well as those who are prohibited from gambling, are deprived of the opportunity to play in online casinos and sweepstakes. Violation of these rules, including both online and offline access, will result in fines of GEL 10,000 for the first offense and GEL 20,000 for subsequent violations.

In addition, organizations and Internet cafes providing online gambling will be subject to the following fines: GEL 15,000 for the first violation and GEL 30,000 for repeated violations of the law.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili previously emphasized the need for a phased ban on online casinos in the country. To achieve this, tax rates for gambling companies were increased by 65-70%, age restrictions were introduced, and a database of persons who will be prohibited from gambling was created.

Georgia has established an official register of people with gambling addiction who are prohibited from participating in gambling. Socially vulnerable persons under 25 years of age and government employees are automatically included in the list, while others can be added at their own request or a court decision.

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