Gambling in Indonesia
One of the most intriguing countries on earth, Indonesia stretches between two continents (Asia and Oceania) and is actually made up of a string of 17,500 islands. It’s a hugely diverse nation and while it enjoys solid economic ties with the rest of Asia, as well as many Western countries, it has a very strict attitude towards gambling. This is especially true when it comes to online gambling.
With the government keen to stamp out this activity, it’s not surprising that many of the best online casinos are unable to accept Indonesian players. However, the good news is that there are a number of excellent sites that do allow them to sign up.
The vast majority of these are licensed in another jurisdiction and, as such, they’re able to circumvent the country’s internet censorship tools. That said, the authorities are working hard to ensure that illegal online gambling sites are blocked as quickly as possible.
As a result, the country’s Ministry of Communication and Information has worked with telecommunications providers to help block access to online gambling content. It’s also looking at ways to stop influencers and affiliates from promoting gambling activities, with those caught likely facing jail time and a crushing fine. As you might expect, these measures are being backed up by a strict law that makes it a crime to promote or encourage any form of online gambling. This includes poker, online betting and even social media posts.