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Not all gaming activities require that a company be formed in Curaçao, however, forming a Curaçao company can enable companies to apply for an e-zone permit. Having an e-zone permit has its advantages, such as:

  • 010% tax on gross bets
  • 022% corporation tax for e-zone companies that retain annual compliance
  • 03No VAT, Sales Tax or import duties
  • 04No restriction on dividend withdrawals

What is the online Curaçao e-gaming licensing authority?

The government of Curaçao provides casino operators, software and service providers in the e-gaming industry with a gaming license that allows gaming operators to conduct business relating to casino, lotto and other gambling-related activities.

Gaming in Curaçao is regulated by the Curaçao Gaming Commission, which is associated with the government of Netherlands Antilles. The jurisdiction is known to be one of the oldest, most reputable and highly respected in the online casino services industry.

The regulatory body in charge of handling the Curaçao Gaming Commission is known as the Curaçao Internet Gaming Association (CIGA). Established in 2001, CIGA controls approximately 30 online gaming operators and as a member of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) it is bound by its code of conduct.

The Curaçao e-Gaming Licensing Authority strives to ensure that its licensees operate within the guidelines established by the Government of Netherlands Antilles and that certain standards of customer service are followed.

Some of the consumer standards delineated by the Curaçao e-Gaming Licensing Authority are:

Netherlands Antilles gaming license

There are certain guidelines to be followed and requirements to be met for a company to receive a license from the Curaçao Gaming Commission. Before obtaining a license, the gaming company must register as a legal entity (onshore or offshore) with the Netherlands Antilles Chamber of Commerce. Once registered, the company must submit all the necessary documents of the shareholder(s) for the Curaçao company to be formed. This includes an application for the Curaçao Department of Justice to proceed to conduct an investigation of the company and a request for registration with the Curaçao Chamber of Commerce as a locally formed legal entity, either onshore or offshore. This application states the island territories from which they wish to operate. Once the investigation is concluded and all relevant documentation approved, a provisional license subject to a number of conditions is issued. One such condition is the ability to provide a 60,000 (ANG) guarantee deposit. Generally, after submission of all application documents, it tends takes 2-4 weeks for the license to be issued.

How long does it take to get a Curaçao online casino license?

With our fantastic service, the procedure for obtaining a Curaçao gaming sublicense is fast and efficient, so if everything is handled properly, it can be done in as little as 2-4 weeks

How to apply and do I need to apply for multiple types of Curaçao gambling licenses?

Applying should be done through us as we offer fast and efficient service. Curaçao offers only one license type. The sub-license offer covers all forms of gaming including online casinos, sports betting, online lotto etc.

Curaçao e-gaming license costs:

We offer competitive fees and fast incorporation. The fees for obtaining the license are divided into several categories:

  • Incorporation of a Holding Company for the sub-license – can be a company from various jurisdictions, onshore and offshore. The incorporation process includes company formation, corporate documents, government fees, apostilled set of corporate documents, courier. The Curaçao gaming license cost is usually from US$1,600 to US$3,000
  • Please note that after the first year, the company must be renewed every year. Renewing the company includes annual maintenance fees such as Government fees, resident agent, registered office.
  • Sub-license for Curaçao – including all procedures – set-up fee, annual sub-license fee, annual due diligence fee and annual database backup hosting. The cost is usually around US$20,000.
  • Optional Services – you can also choose additional optional services such as nominee shareholder and/or nominee director. The cost for both is approximately US$3,000.
  • Payments and banking – we can assist you with your payments needs as each operation must have the ability to accept funds from end-user players. This is the most basic aspect of running your Curaçao online casino.
  • Our service is for assisting with opening a corporate account with Moneynet for wire transactions from users, and assistance with opening merchant accounts in top banks in Europe and Asia. (This is an exclusive and unique service!)
  • The offshore Curaçao gaming license cost varies from US$1,000 to US$5,000.

Gaming companies may be all fun and games when it comes to what clients see, but behind the scenes, a lot goes on in order to keep the operation going. In order for a gaming company to offer services to its customers legally, it must hold a betting or gaming license issued by a licensing authority.

There are various regions around the world that have specific legislation established in order to license and regulate gaming companies that operate within their jurisdictions. Although the internet and online gaming have given the industry access to a more global audience, there is no one legislation that covers the entire world. Rather, because laws vary significantly between one jurisdiction to the next, gaming companies must choose wisely as to where best they should obtain licensing and regulation.

Apply for Online Gaming License

In order to operate an online gaming business, you will need an e-gambling license in Curaçao. To make the process of applying for an online gaming license straightforward you can employ the services of a licensing agent like GBO. We will guide you through the application process and use our knowledge to make sure you find the right e-gaming license.

There is no “one license” covering worldwide online gambling – you will need to apply for your Internet gaming license in a specific jurisdiction. The first step in applying for an online gaming license is deciding which jurisdiction you will apply to. Each jurisdiction offers different terms and regulations so before you apply for your Internet gaming license you need to research which jurisdiction will be best for your business. Apply for an e-gaming license in the country where you want to set up your business. When choosing a jurisdiction consider their reputation; licensing requirements; duration and ease of application process and costs, including taxes. In each jurisdiction, there is a regulatory body/commission or department which handles the regulation and issuing of licenses in the e-gaming industry. Through your licensing agent or independently you need to apply to the regulatory body in your chosen jurisdiction to obtain a license.

There are many requirements when making an application and they vary, but generally include making legal disclosures about your financial situation, criminal record, banking history etc.; due diligence requirements; a business plan; providing proof of sufficient capital and you will have to demonstrate how you will address underage gambling and illegal gambling. In addition to the cost of applying for an e-gaming license, there is the cost of the license itself (online Curaçao gaming license cost) which varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and ongoing annual fees.

More about setting up a gaming operation in Curaçao

Details of the license regulations, what you get when you buy a license, and how we can help you.

Q. How do I get a Curaçao gaming license?

A. You must buy your license from a holder of one of the limited number of master gaming licenses.  Your application will be for a sub-license, which grants you all of the necessary rights to operate in the Netherlands Antilles. You can provide the following services:

  • Sports Betting
  • Casino Games
  • Bingo
  • Slot Machines
  • Video Poker
  • Other card games
  • Lotteries

Q. How do I get a gambling license in Curaçao?

A. Application is simple and quick. After registering a corporation in Curaçao and opening a local bank account, you can apply for your sub-license from any holder of a master license. We are here to help you negotiate these three steps. As long as you have followed all the correct procedures, you should be up and running inside of a month.

Q. Which master license holders are in the Curaçao gaming license list

A. There are 4 Master license holders:

  • Cyberluck Curacao N.V.
  • Gaming Curacao (GC)
  • Curacao Interactive Licensing N.V.
  • Antillephone NV

Q. How are Curaçao’s gambling laws set

A. The business of gambling is based primarily on the following laws regulating the gambling industry:

  • State Ordinance Casino Industry Curaçao
  • State Decree Casino Industry Curaçao
  • National Ordinance Penalization of Money Laundering
  • National Ordinance Reporting of Unusual Transactions

Q. About the Curaçao gambling commission

A. The commission is established under the Curaçao Minister of Justice and operates as Curaçao Internet Gaming Association (CIGA).