Using a Virtual Private Network, or a VPN, is a great way to remain anonymous and control your privacy while browsing online. But are they legal to use?
The not-so-short answer is: it depends. While using a VPN is legal in the majority of countries, there are some places — typically those with strict censorship laws — that have restricted or banned VPN use.
Given the implications of using a VPN in a country that’s disallowed it, it’s important that you understand which countries are VPN-friendly and which aren’t.
To help you better understand the implications of using a VPN, TheBestVPN examined the laws and regulations of 196 countries. Check out the shortlist of countries that have restrictions around VPN use below, and learn more about why and how the countries ban VPNs in the full VPN legality guide.
Countries where VPNs are government-controlled:
United Arab Emirates
Countries where VPNs are banned:
- North Korea