A person who wishes to protect oneself for the negative consequences that may arise from gambling, may set restrictions on gambling for oneself.
It is possible to set restrictions on games of chance (casino games), totos (sports betting) and classical lotteries. No restrictions can be set on instant lotteries (lottery tickets that are scraped).
Setting restrictions on gambling is optional and once the restriction has been set, you cannot change it or declare the restriction invalid.
If a person has a valid gambling prohibition, then the gambling operators will not let the person go gambling.
Beginning from 1 January 2016 the restrictions on gambling are without a term, but when setting a restriction, the person oneself has to choose a term within the period from 6 to 36 months upon expiry of which he or she can apply for his or her deletion from the list. A separate request shall be filed for the deletion from the list upon the expiry of the chosen term.
If the request for setting restriction is filed before 1 January 2016, then the restriction shall remain in force up to the date set out in the request.
The holder of the list of persons with restrictions on gambling is the Tax and Customs Board.
Who may set restriction on gambling
Any person who wishes to restrict his or her gambling may set restrictions on gambling for oneself. It is not possible to file a request for setting restrictions to another person, e.g. to a family member or a friend.
How and where can you set restriction
In the e-Tax/e-Customs
To set the restriction in the e-Tax/e-Customs:
- Please enter the e-Tax/e-Customs
- Choose ‘Other services’ -> Gambling restrictions
The restriction on gambling shall take effect no later than the day after the submission of the request.
In the service bureau of the Tax and Customs Board
application in Estonian (87.7 KB, PDF)
application in Russian (130.25 KB, PDF)
application in English (94.98 KB, PDF)
The restriction on gambling shall take effect no later than the day after the submission of the request..
In gaming locations for games of chance or totos
application in Estonian (154.15 KB, PDF)
application in Russian (188.77 KB, PDF)
application in English (154.63 KB, PDF)
The gambling operator shall forward the request without delay to the Tax and Customs Board. The Tax and Customs Board shall register the restriction on gambling within two working days after the request has been forwarded by the gambling operator.
The person can check the registration of the restriction in the e-Tax/e-Customs.
How the restriction can be deleted
The restriction can be deleted upon the expiry of the term that the person oneself has set out in the application.
The person can delete the restriction in the e-Tax/e-Customs by selecting ‘Other services’ -> Gambling restrictions, or file an application in a service bureau of the Tax and Customs Board:
application in Estonian (54.19 KB, PDF)
application in Russian (179.77 KB, PDF)
application in English (107.31 KB, PDF)
Who has access to the information about the persons with restrictions
The person entered in the list of persons with restrictions on gambling has the right to access the information about himself or herself in the list. The person can check his or her restrictions in the e-Tax/e-Customs.
The employees of the gambling operator and the gambling supervisory officials of the Tax and Customs Board have the right to use the information in the list to the extent only that is necessary for performance of their duties.
Where to turn to get consultation about gambling addiction
People with gambling problems and those closest to them can receive assistance free of charge and get consultation from the consultation centres of gambling addiction in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Narva and Kohtla-Järve. Registration in short number 15410 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed information: www.15410.ee
- Gambling Act
- Establishing the list of persons with restrictions on gambling and approving statutes (133.35 KB, PDF) , in Estonian here