Estonian Organisation of Remote Gambling

In Estonia, it is the Estonian Organization of Remote Gambling that is responsible for regulating both land-based and online casinos. There is legislation that regulates gambling institutions and casinos have to be compliant with the legislation.

They have to first have an activity license granted to them and then follow this up with a successful application for an operating permit. Online gambling is legal in Estonia and it has been since 2010. In 2011, it became possible for casinos in other countries to apply for the license and permit to operate in Estonia.

Online casinos licensed by the EORGApplying for a license with EORG
Online casinos licensed by the EORG

Online casinos licensed by the EORG

The EORG has proved to be a popular license. There are now a number of companies that can legally operate in Estonia to provide online casino services. Those that attempt to operate without one will be restricted by the internet service providers.

When the licenses were first established, only eight were issued. The government and the internet service providers have more than 800 different sites blacklisted for not following the process or complying with gambling legislation.

The detailed process means that any company that offers online casino services has been checked and is subject to further checks as and when necessary. The operating permits for online casinos can be issued for 20 years, depending upon the type of games that they offer. The company can also apply for a permit for more than one site on the same form.

Online casinos licensed by the EORG
Applying for a license with EORG

Applying for a license with EORG

Online casinos must meet certain criteria in order to obtain the licenses. They need to be able to offer both slot games and the traditional casino table games. The number of these that they need to have is not specified, although it is for land-based casinos.

Once the activity license has been confirmed the company enters the next stage, which is to apply for the operating permit. The permit will specify where and how the company can offer gambling services, and they have to wait for this before they can start to trade.

The activity licence and operating permit

The activity license is confirmation that the company has the right to apply for a permit. There is no end date to the activity license, but the company will need one for each type of gambling game that they want to provide.

Companies that have been granted an activity license in another European Union country have no automatic right to use it in Estonia. Any online casino operator in Estonia will need to make sure that if any of the details contained within the activity license change then they have to inform the Estonian Tax and Customs Board.

The permit means that a company can start operating at or from the address stated on the permit. To reach this point the application process must be completed, and the relevant fee must be paid to the government. The fee has to be paid before the application for the activity license is submitted. It can take up to six months for a decision to be reached on an activity license.

Applying for a license with EORG