Legal online casinos in Latvia

Online casinos in Latvia regulated by the chief legislative act «On Gambling and Lotteries». Inspectorate of the Ministry of Finance of Latvia provides licenses and supervision of online casinos, bookmakers' offices, bingo halls, and slot machines online.

Players and organizers pay taxes in the republic. There is support for gamblers at the legislative level, and various programs for the treatment of ludomania have launched.

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In Latvia, online casinos are allowed: bingo, odds of winning bets, interactive lotteries, dice, card games, roulette, slot machines, sweepstakes. The list of licensed online casinos in Latvia can found on the official website of the Inspectorate.

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Legislative rules for the operation of online casinos in Latvia

Online Casino License Given to Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of Latvia
Laws
  • The  Law on Gambling and Lotteries;
  • The  Law on Lottery, Gambling, and Tax;
  • The Law on Personal Income Tax;
  • The Law on Taxes and Duties;
  • The Law on Personal Income Tax.
Taxes
  • 15% of the total income;
  • 10% of the company's revenue from the lottery (minus the number of winnings), bingo, betting, or totalizator. 
Taxes for players

Income tax rate of 23% for profits exceeding 3 000 EUR

31,4% — for winnings over 55 000 EUR

Penalties for illegal gambling activities 

Amount of tax and 100% of the tax not paid to the state

Repeated violation — 250% of the missing amount 

Languages of online casino sites French, English, German
Payment Systems MasterCard, Neteller, Skrill, Visa, Paysafecard, PayPal

Online casino in Latvia: regulation

The activities of online casinos in Latvia regulated by legislation and additions, regulations, rules, and regulations issued the Republic's Cabinet of Ministers.  

The basic laws regulating online casinos in Latvia:

Legislative act  Regulatory sphere
Azartspēļu un izložu likums [1] (Law «On Gambling and Lotteries»). Adopted on 17.11.2005, in force since 01.01.2006.
  • Establishes the order of organization of the gambling sphere;
  • regulates the activities of gambling and lottery organizers;
  • establishes the procedure for issuing certificates for online casinos;
  • monitors the activities of gambling and lottery organizers;
  • establishes the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of gambling business participants.
Par izložu un azartspēļu nodevu un nodokli [2] («Lottery, Gambling and Tax Act»)  Regulating:
  • the number of fees for organizing lotteries, bingo, bets, sweepstakes, casinos or halls with machines;
  • procedure for registering companies, issuing, reissuing licenses, and certificates.
Par iedzīvotāju ienākuma nodokli [3] («Income Tax Act»)  It sets the number of tax rates from the population's income, including - income received from participation in gambling entertainment

Par nodokļiem un nodevām [4] («Taxes and Duties Act»)
Regulates reporting rules and tax rates for organizers of online or land-based gambling houses 

The single regulatory body in Latvia is  Izložu un azartspēļu uzraudzības inspekcijai (Lottery and Gambling Supervision Inspectorate).

Duties of the supervisory authority:

  • Issuance of licenses for gambling business.
  • Evaluation and registration of gambling equipment and software (tables, game terminals).
  • Verification of the conformity reports on the equipment and software (from the international laboratories accredited in Latvia).
  • Maintaining a register of visitors and providing information upon requests from law enforcement agencies.
  • Review, evaluation, and approval of lottery plans and entertainment rules with betting on the money.
  • Maintaining a database of licensed companies providing gambling entertainment services (location of gambling houses, equipment used).
  • Inventory and statistical analysis of lotteries.
  • Control of payment of license and tax fees.
  • Development of regulations.
  • «Control of players» registration.

Protecting the rights of Latvian online casino players

Online resources place information to protect the players' rights:

  • name, legal address, and license number;
  • the list and rules of the games;
  • a ban on participation in the game by persons under 18 years old;
  • warning about the emergence of gambling addiction;
  • technical support contacts and complaints handling procedures.

It is prohibited to withdraw the won funds to the card with which the bet not made.  

You can download the list of blocked sites in Latvia [5] from the Inspection website. Violations of player rights by an operator can notify in:

Legal Office of Inspection

The director of the legal department:

Yanis Ungurs 

Phone. +371 675 049 52 

e-mail: janis.ungurs@iaui.gov.lv

Address: Stabu iela 18, Rīga, LV-1011, Latvija, 2-nd floor

Fill in the application form on the website of the Inspectorate Section «Proposals and complaints [6]»
E-mail to Inspection

With the topic «Trauksmes cēlēja ziņojums» (Alarm report)

e-mail: trauksme@iaui.gov.lv

Psychological support for gamers and their families in Latvia

By Article 4 of the Law «On Gambling and Lotteries», a player can apply for inclusion in «self-excluded persons». (Pašatteikušos personu reģistrs [7]).

You can apply:

By contacting the Inspectorate in person On working days from 10:00 to 12:00 or from 14:00 to 16:00 at the address: 
Stabu iela 18, Riga, LV-1011, Latvija, 2nd floor.
Online

Having filled in an application on the website of the state administration portal  Latvia.lv [8] (authentication required)

Any time In all gambling institutions in Latvia

The minimum prohibition period is 12 months. The rules for submitting, receiving, examining an application for inclusion or removal of persons from the list are regulated by the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers in Latvia No 333 [9]  of 16.07.2019. Regulation is mandatory for online casinos. 

You can contact the psychological support service by phone:

  • +371 27 528 705,
  • +371 67 504 966. 

Service email address: psihologs@iaui.gov.lv [10]. The support group gathers at 18 Stabu Street, Riga. 

Gambling addiction treatment centers and clinics in Latvia:

Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of Latvia
Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of Latvia
Latvia
Mental Health Outpatient Care Center
Mental Health Outpatient Care Center
Filozofu ielā 69, Jelgava, LV-3008
Riga Psychiatry and Narcology Center
Riga Psychiatry and Narcology Center
Tvaika ielā 2, Rīgā, LV-1005
Freedom of play
Freedom of play
Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 33-11, Riga, Latvia-1010
FAQ about Online Casinos in Latvia
Is it possible to play online casino in Latvia with an international license?

No. The Companies that registered on the European Union territory and member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development must obtain a permit from the Latvian regulatory authority — Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of Latvia. 

Are gambling winnings taxed in Latvia?

Yes, they are. If the amount of winnings per month exceeds EUR 3,000, then the tax will be 23%. If the winnings per month exceed the amount of EUR 55,000, the tax rate will be 31.4%.

What is the «self-excluded person register»?

It is a list of players who personally asked the Inspectorate to exclude their online casinos in Latvia. The minimum validity period of the restriction is one year.