Is online gambling legal in Uganda?
Yes, online gambling is legal in Uganda for anyone aged 25 and over but there are not too many local online sports betting platforms available. Most are still brick and mortar stores proving sports betting facilities.
The National Lotteries Act of 1967 and the Gaming and Pool Betting Act of 1968 were instrumental in laying down the framework that exists in the nation to this day.
Is it safe to bet online in Uganda?
There are around 40 licensed online betting sites available in Uganda for sports betting. As long as users register with one of these platforms, their money is safe and secure.
How do deposits and withdrawals work in Uganda for online betting?
Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard in particular) are widely accepted in Uganda for online betting.
Bank transfers are common as well from local banks like Stanbic and Barclays of Uganda.
Mobile money transfer services are an option at many locations, both online and brick-and-mortar. These include Airtel Money, MTN Mobile Money, Orange and UTL.
For local sports-betting operators that have both an online and offline presence, Ugandans can use the “voucher” system.
Those who do not possess a major credit card can download an e-wallet like Neteller or Skrill as they are widely accepted for both deposits and withdrawals. Prepaid debit cards like EntroPay are common in Uganda too.
Is mobile betting available in Uganda?
Yes. All Ugandan online platforms have a mobile betting option available. It is the fastest-growing sector in the country’s betting market.
Which are the popular sports for betting in Uganda?
Football (soccer) is king in Uganda much like every other African country. Ugandans love not only the major European leagues but also their very own domestic leagues including their very own league. E-sports is also on the rise in the country.
Are winnings from betting taxable?
Yes, players pay taxes on their winnings in the form of withholding at the time they receive their amount. For sports betting, the withholding rate is around 15%. Do check the local legislation from time-to-time to stay abreast with any changes in the rate or for any exemptions.
Is the sports betting market fairly regulated in Uganda?
Yes, under the current law, the National Lotteries Board regulates the sports betting market so it is safe and secure for bettors.