Legal regulations online casinos in Spain
|Online casino license ||General and singular |
|The basic Law ||Spanish Gambling Act (Law 13/2011) |
|Tax for online operators ||General tax 20% |
|Winning tax for players ||No tax for wins up to 40,000 euros |
|Penalties for operators ||Revocation of a license for violation of laws (central and regional) |
|Languages ||Spanish, English |
|Payment methods ||Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Neteller, Skrill, Bank Wire Transfer, PaySafeCard |
Regulation and Licensing
The Minister of Finance and regional authorities managed online casinos in Spain. Law 13/2011 «About the gambling business» applies to online casinos operating in Spain (including foreign).
Operators registered legal casinos on the public domain .es. Others are considered illegal. A white and blacklist of gambling establishments can found on this site.
Law 13/2011 based on:
- royal decree 1613/2011 on Technical Requirements;
- royal decree 1614/2011 governing licenses, permits, and registries of gambling and resolutions;
- religious orders (for each type of game).
Online casinos in Spain operate under general and singular licenses. The first three types are for bets, contests, and games:
- Fixed odds bets
- Sports betting with fixed odds
- Sports betting
- Betting on horse races with fixed odds
- Exchange rates.
The concept of «other online games» is in the legislation of Spain. It not revealed. If gambling is not in the list above, it is prohibited.
The applicant must apply for a standard and single license to the General Directorate for Gambling Regulation in Spanish. The total issued after an open tender. It is valid for ten years and can extend.
The validity of a single permit is 3-5 years.
The company will receive a license if it proves the solvency, reliability of the software, and an encryption protocol that protects players from fraud.
The company must be a public limited company with registration and head office in Spain or a member state of the EU, EEA.
Licensees pay fees to the treasury (euro):
- 38,000 for the report on the technical condition of the equipment;
- 2,500 for each license registration;
- 10,000 for each permission for gaming software.
Insurance is (in euros):
- 2,000,000 for a general license.
- 500,000 for a single.
In the licensees' software implemented a program that conducts internal monitoring. It records operations and financial transactions of the site.
Regulators control the honesty and legitimacy of payments by licensees.
The minimum age for access to the online casino in Spain is 18 years. You can deposit and withdraw money through bank cards in any currency, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller.
Contact tech support and addiction treatment centers
For answers to questions and advocacy, you can contact the technical support of online casinos.
The list of gambling addiction treatment centers can found on the website. You can search by region and hospital. When a clinic is selected, its location, phone, and contact details opened. Clinics work on government grants or charity funds. The treatment is free.
In commercial ambushes, gambling addiction treated in psychiatric wards. A player may enter himself into the Self-Exclusion Register for six months or longer.