One of the fundamental actions in the wagering sphere is obtaining a licence. A company that has a permit to provide gambling services:
Many states in different parts of the world offer services for obtaining licences. Among the dozens of countries that legalise casino entertainment, the jurisdiction of Curacao is characterised by huge popularity and worldwide recognition.
This is a small Caribbean island. Until 2010, the jurisdiction was part of the Netherlands. Now the offshore zone is in the status of autonomy.
Curacao is one of the oldest licence providers in the wagering environment, having worked since 1996. The zone was also one of the first jurisdictions to implement an iGaming regulation system. Electronic entertainment on the territory is an utterly legal type of business.
The issuance of international permits began in 2001. The National Ordinance Offshore Games of Hazard control the amusement sector.
The certification has an exclusive feature — it contains all kinds of wagering activities. The operator can obtain a single document for each type of entertainment: lotteries, bingo, bookmakers, poker clubs or web platforms.
At the moment, the jurisdiction issues 2 options for permits:
There are 3 corporations holding master permits, and it is complicated for third-party operators to get this type of document. Monopoly owners distribute sublicences to entrepreneurs and provide services for organising and supporting businesses in an offshore zone.
Having a permit allows starting a business worldwide. Only the provision of gambling services directly on the island, in the Netherlands, France and the United States, is prohibited.
Moreover, the sublicence forbids the sale and distribution of documents in any other way — the island's market is monopolised.
It depends on the list of products and solutions offered by the service provider.
Licensing cost is calculated based on the following factors:
The cost of a turnkey Curacao licence is about $20,000. Additional costs for consulting agents with a master certificate are about $300 per hour.
After the first year of gaming site operation on the island, the licence requires the following fees:
Licensees are offered the following contribution system: 2% income tax in the absence of such fees as income from rates, VAT, deductions from sales, import duties and withdrawals from bank accounts.
The Curacao casino licence with minimum taxation is valid exclusively within the E-Zone. Managers can register an enterprise in a particular tariff area only after the official consent of the local government. Permission to collaborate with companies and clients outside the tax zone is also possible.
In this case, the approval of the authorities and the need to adhere to the following condition are obligatory — income from trading with an offshore zone should not exceed 25% of the total turnover of the enterprise.
The package of official papers needed for licensing a gaming portal in Curacao is divided into 2 main types:
Registration of a firm is carried out after providing such information:
The package of papers for receiving a Curacao licence includes the following:
An additional condition is the mandatory presence of a transit server. It is an invariable element that helps the government to monitor the entrepreneur's actions.
Each recipient must perform the following actions:
One of the founders of the enterprise must necessarily be a resident of the Netherlands Antilles. It is also mandatory to ensure support to each player who deposited on the gambling site.
Regarding the price-quality ratio, this permit is considered one of the most famous and sought-after offshore zones, recognised worldwide. More than 1/9 of all entertainment projects operate under the Curacao licensing system.
The permit provides the entrepreneur with the following advantages:
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