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Online Lottery in Yemen

As it is the case with other gambling games, due to the general prohibition on gambling, lotteries in Yemen do not have any tradition. Online lotto sites in Yemen are also not legal, as of October 2019. Although not explicitly prohibited, online lottery also falls under the general prohibition on gambling, which comes from the application of the Sharia. 

Yemen is a country with strong censorship on the internet. The two internet providers in the country, YemenNet and TeleYemen,  are claimed to be active in blocking any access to online gambling sites, treating gambling in the same way as sexual content, controversial religious content, etc. 

Although there is an active blockage on any online gambling content, illegal access to online lotto sites from Yemen is frequently reported by many European and Asian online lottery sites. As various user statistics indicate, these companies report on having many players from the country, mainly attracted by the generous online lotto bonuses and online lotto promotions they provide for their customers.

Is online lotto legal in Yemen? No.
Can I deposit via PaySafeCard/Skrill/Neteller?  Yes.
Do online lotto sites accept YER? Yes. 

Online Lottery Laws in Yemen

The Sharia comprises the base of Yemen’s legislation regarding gambling. As it is widely considered that it prohibits gambling in the country, there are neither land-based nor online lottery sites in Yemen, as of October 2019. 

The Republican Decree for Law No 12 1994 Concerning Crimes and Penalties, in Chapter 5 Libertinism, Drugs and Gambling Article (287):1 claims that “anyone who is found to be gambling in a public area shall be punished by imprisonment for up to a maximum of six months or a fine up to a maximum of YR Two Thousand” while  “anyone who operates a place for gambling, allows for gambling games to take place in a public place or area, or takes part, in any manner in arranging or supervising such gambling games shall be punished by imprisonment for up to a maximum of two months or a fine up to a maximum of YR Six Thousand”.

However, due to the fact that there is a considerable number of expats in the country, there is a big demand for lotto games and especially online lottery sites. An important indicator for this demand is the lot of reports about internationally renowned online lotto sites, which claim that many users from Yemen play their games, despite the illegality in the country.

Online Lottery Payment Methods in Yemen

Online lottery sites want to offer an efficient, yet safe service. This also implies that they guarantee for the payment methods they will support on their websites. Among the methods they usually support are the mainstream ways which include the usage of VISA and MasterCard. However, gamblers can also choose alternatives for deposits and withdrawals. These include Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard or PayPal. 

Online Lottery Sites Accepting YER

There are no online lotto sites that accept players from Yemen and allow making deposits in YAR. Most online lottery sites that do accept payers from Yemen count as online lottery sites accepting EUR or USD. What you should know in this regard is that in case you make a deposit at an online lotto site that does not support your domestic currency, that site will make a currency conversion on your behalf, in some cases for free, in others for a small exchange fee.