Gambling Laws in Mozambique
Gambling in Mozambique is legal in much of its variety. The Mozambique gambling legislation, is comprised of several laws the most important of which include: Law 1/2010 and Decree 64/2010 on the commercial operation of games of chance in casino; Law 9/2012 and Decree 17/2012 on the operation and play of social and amusement games; and the Ministerial Decree 235/2005 which sets out the regulations of various types of social and amusement games. Unlike most forms of land-based gambling, which the Mozambique gambling legislation makes legal, online gambling in Mozambique is rather not regulated. The regulatory body of the land-based activities in the country is the Mozambican General Gaming Inspectorate (Inspecção-Geral de Jogos). Beside its function as supervisor, the Mozambican General Gaming Inspectorate is the official body which grants licenses to all Mozambique casinos, sportsbooks, or other types of gambling providers.
According to Mozambique gambling laws minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Mozambique?
No, most forms of online gambling are unregulated in Mozambique, with exception of the games offered by the national lottery and the online betting.
Online Casinos in Mozambique
There are two casino operators in Mozambique: Beira Casino Marina & Golden Peacock Resort and Casino Polana, S.A. However, as of January 2019, there are no online casinos in Mozambique. Although casinos are legal in the country, due to the unregulated status of online gambling in Mozambique, none of the casinos has obtained license for offering online casino games. Consequently, there are no specialized Mozambique internet casino sites. Foreign licensed operators are actively blocked from accessing the market in Mozambique.
Online Poker in Mozambique
There are several land-based casino operators in Mozambique, offering land-based poker on the market in Mozambique market as of January 2019. However, none of them has launched online poker sites in Mozambique. The reason for this is the rather unregulated online gambling market in the country due to due to which there are no specific Mozambique online poker laws. Foreign internet casino sites are blocked by the respective authorities of the country from accessing the market in Mozambique.
Online lottery in Mozambique
There are several laws that comprise the Mozambique lottery laws regulating the lotto market in the country. In accordance with these laws Lotto Moçambique is the authorized state licensed provider for all sorts of lotto games in the country including the online lottery in Mozambique. Although their online lotto offer is rather rudimentary, the existence of their website gives good impetus for proposing a legislation that will regulate and develop not only the lotto market but the whole online gambling sector in the country, in general.
Online bingo in Mozambique
There are no specific Mozambique online bingo laws. Therefore, online bingo in Mozambique is considered to be unregulated. As of January 2019, there are no specialized sites for online bingo in Mozambique. Bingo rooms, licensed elsewhere, cannot be legally accessed from the country.
Online sports betting in Mozambique
Online sports betting in the country is highly popular. There are various online sportsbook sites in Mozambique, Joga Bets, being the one with highest rank among them. Their betting offers in Mozambique is quite rich, encompassing most of the available sports and sports event worldwide. Since 2017 the sportsbook has launched special smart phone app for easier access. Foreign internet sportsbook sites are actively being blocked by the authorities.
Online daily fantasy sports in Mozambique
Online DFS sites in Mozambique do not have a legally regulated status. There is an ongoing debate on the status of this type of game, but considering the legality of online sports betting in the country it is very probable that internet Daily Fantasy Sports would soon receive a legal status in Mozambique.