If you think that sweepstakes laws can be confusing and expensive to adhere to in the US, just try running an international sweepstakes or contest. Countries have various definitions of what can and cannot be run and certain countries do not all allow games of chance (sweepstakes) or games of skill (contests). In addition, countries may require one or more of the following: registration and fees, bonding or insurance, taxes paid in advance, taxes withheld by the sponsor or paid by the winner or even translation of all materials including rules into specific local languages.
Below is a list of what countries currently allow a game of chance (sweepstakes) or game of skill (contest). Should you be interested in learning more about running an international program or have a specific country in mind, give us a shout.
United Arab Emirates