10 countries that banned VPN usage

Some may be surprised to read that VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are actually prohibited in some countries. Although the number of countries that outright prohibit the use of VPNs is small, others strictly regulate the industry. Here are the list:

For years, the Belarusian government has worked to limit its citizens’ access to the outside Internet. It banned both Tor and VPN services in 2015, but it appears that Belarusians have found ways to get around the technological and legal barriers.

China may have gone the furthest in banning and blocking VPNs and Tor of any government. The Chinese government requires all VPNs to be licensed. Those who aren’t will have their accounts canceled if they’re in the country, or blocked if they’re situated elsewhere. China is one of the only governments in the world that has complete control over all local Internet service providers, and they employ deep packet inspection technology.

Iran attempted to prohibit access to VPNs based in other countries in 2013, allowing only VPN providers that were regulated and registered with the Iranian government to operate. While it is illegal to sell or promote VPNs, and persons can be prosecuted for using one, VPN use by citizens and even government personnel is still fairly prevalent.

In order to combat ISIS’ online presence, the Iraqi government has gone to extremes, prohibiting not only VPN services and social media, but also implementing nationwide Internet outages. Despite the fact that ISIS is no longer a threat, the country’s severe Internet prohibitions remain in place.

In 2010, Oman approved legislation prohibiting the use of VPN services. Anyone who breaks this law faces a fine of 500 rials (approximately $1,300). Companies can request for a permit to use a VPN that has been approved by the government. If a corporation is found to be infringing the law, it will be fined 1,000 rials.

Russia has taken a number of legal steps to restrict free speech and information access both within its borders and online. The Yarovaya Law was passed by the Russian Duma in 2016, requiring VPN services to register with the authorities and log their users’ internet activity. Another rule passed by the Duma in 2017 required licensed VPNs to block their users’ access to certain websites that the Russian government had banned. Those who did not comply were subjected to bans.

In 2016, Erdogan’s regime began restricting VPN and Tor services. Turkey is now deploying deep packet inspection techniques to detect and block VPN and Tor traffic, similar to China. In Turkey, the rule of law has collapsed, and using a VPN connection can flag you as a person of interest to government enforcement. In Turkey, though, VPN use is extremely common.

Ugandans have increased their use of VPN services in response to the recently enacted social media tax. The Ugandan government retaliated by ordering that VPN services be blocked by local Internet service providers. In Uganda, there is presently no legislation prohibiting the use of VPNs, although this is changing.

United Arab Emirates
The UAE updated its rules in 2016, making the use of a VPN service to “commit a crime or prevent its detection” illegal by up to 2 million dirham ($540,000) in fines and temporary jail. While VPNs have their benefits, the UAE has explicitly banned VoIP conversations and a number of websites, including certain French TV stations and Netflix. It is against the law to use a VPN to access a restricted website.

Earlier this year, Venezuela’s major Internet service provider attempted, ostensibly on government orders, to prohibit the usage of Tor and VPN services.

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Fixed the problem that crashed VPN.lat on iOS

Hello, a few weeks ago some of our users reported to us that when trying to select some servers in VPN.lat for iOS, the application was closing and they could not open it again.

Today the problem has been solved and an update as such is not necessary. In case they cannot open the application, the procedure to make it work again is to delete and reinstall it from the App Store.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and we hope you can already enjoy it without any problem.

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We reach FREE VPN server in 60 countries

6 months ago it was a pleasure to inform you that we reached servers in 50 countries and just 6 months later we are pleased to inform you that we reached free vpn servers in 60 countries.

It has been increasingly difficult to find servers in other countries because they are countries with less connectivity and a much higher cost, but we will continue working to be the best free VPN app with servers around the world, something that not even apps from pay they have.

Thanks to you we continue working and improving little by little and we appreciate your patience when we have problems and failures in the servers and app.

Thank you for continuing to support VPN.lat


Johnatan G.

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How to fix that the app closes by itself on Android

A large number of Android users reported multiple app crashes as of Monday afternoon. Engadget’s initial report mentions that users saw notifications of apps that stopped and could not be opened or did open, but their proper functioning was affected. And we have received reports that this happens with VPN.lat users

This is the solution to the Android system WebView problem

  • Go to the WebView app of the Android system in the Play Store and press the Uninstall button or Update button.
  • In case we cannot access by this method, you can also follow the path Settings> Applications> display the menu of the points at the top and select Show system apps> search for Android System WebView
  • In this section, select Uninstall updates or Update again.

According to Android this would solve the problem. We are aware of any errors that may be generated.

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How to fix the error when updating to version

Hello dear user, a few days ago we launched version of vpn.lat for Android and some users have reported that at the time of updating the application has stopped working when they want to enter a server as shown in the following screenshot:

If this happens to you, the quickest way to solve it is to delete vpn.lat from your phone and reinstall it from Play Store. This is because in the update it caches some data and that causes the error.

We are working on a new update that fixes this problem.

Thanks for your patience and cooperation.


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Happy Holidays from VPN.lat

The VPN.lat team would like to thank you for being part of this community that has grown and will continue to grow together with you.

It was a year of great achievements such as reaching servers in more than 50 countries and launching our version of iOS:

Thank you for your support, for your comments and for your passion for VPN.lat.

We send you our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy New Year full of happiness and success.

VPN.lat team

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New version available for android:

Hello everyone, today after several weeks of work we managed to launch a new version correcting the errors that caused vpn.lat to stop working on some devices with x86 and x86_64 processor on Android.

In addition to correcting this problem, we added the horizontal view so that you can navigate the app more easily, we will continue to improve this view in the next version.

You will also be able to see in the notification when you are connected the browsing speed both up and down as well as the traffic you have used.

You can upgrade to the latest versión on Play Store.

It has been a year full of challenges and the best achieved thanks to you.

We send you a big hug.
Happy Holidays.

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We reach FREE VPN server in 50 countries

VPN.lat started almost 2 years ago as a free, safe and reliable VPN service for Android and thanks to you: our dear users, we have managed to grow little by little, first by launching an iOS version that many of you asked for, and now giving the incredible news that we have reached the 50th country where we have free VPN servers for you.

Now you can connect for free to the following countries:

It has been a long road to be able to have vpn servers in 50 countries and there is still much more to be able to offer them a first class service, we continue working on improving the service and reaching new devices.

We appreciate your trust and loyalty to VPN.lat. We continue to improve the service for you.

Remember that VPN.lat does not keep any logs.

Download VPN.lat free for Android or iOS by clicking on the following link:

Thank you.

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Great news: We already have free VPN servers in 30 countries

Today I feel very excited to share that today we launched a server in the thirtieth country: Colombia.

With this server we already have more than 70 free vpn servers in 30 countries.

VPN.lat is a project that started approximately 1 year ago and has managed to position itself in the taste of users.

I want to clarify that we DO NOT collect data or keep any record of your activity, we only generate income through the advertising of certified platforms such as AdMob and Facebook Audience Network that are secure and comply with the privacy regulations in force in practically any country.

I want to thank you and all the users who use VPN.lat and who help us to continue with this great project.

PD. Remember to rate us on the Play Store with 5 stars to continue developing this app and adding servers.

Thank you!


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