The government of Belarus has prepared a draft decree to legalise, licence and tax online gambling.
The proposal, submitted by head of the country’s Ministry of Taxes and Levies, Sergei Nalivaiko, also includes a motion to raise the legal gambling age from 18 to 21.
If approved, the legislation will permit online operators to offer gaming services in Belarus via special permits during the estimated two year transitional period before full enactment.
The announcement follows an unresolved proposal by the ministry in September of last year to grant online licences to Belarusian operators and international companies with a land-based presence in the country.
Though the market is set to expand, the increased gambling levy announced as part of tax code amendments in June will remain until 2021, funding what Nalivaiko termed “additional investments needed to organize a new type of activity in the gambling business.”