• T Skevington and M Bacina

Bittrex cites regulatory uncertainty blocking - 31 countries


Bittrex International, a U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange platform has announced that it is restricting access to its platform in 31 countries across Africa, South America, Europe and Asia due to regulatory uncertainty.


The affected countries are:

  1. Afghanistan

  2. Egypt

  3. Bosnia-Herzegovina

  4. Botswana

  5. Cambodia

  6. Central African Republic

  7. Democratic Republic of the Congo

  8. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

  9. Ethiopia

  10. Eritrea

  11. Ghana

  12. Guinea

  13. Guinea-Bissau

  14. Guyana

  15. Iraq

  16. Laos

  17. Lebanon

  18. Libya

  19. Maldives

  20. Pakistan

  21. Sri Lanka

  22. Somalia

  23. Sudan

  24. South Sudan

  25. Trinidad and Tobago

  26. Tunisia

  27. Uganda

  28. Vanuatu

  29. Venezuela

  30. Yemen

  31. Zimbabwe

Users in affected countries have until Tuesday, 29 October to withdraw their tokens from the platform, noting that users will be unable to withdraw their tokens unless their account balance is at least three times higher than the withdrawal fee.


This latest announcement follows the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) rejection of Bittrex's BitLicence application in April 2019. In a statement, NYDFS executive deputy superintendent for banking Shirin Emami claimed that Bittrex's application was rejected because of persistent deficiencies in Bittrex's transaction monitoring, customer ID and token listing protocols.


Given that a lack of systematic process for making token-listing decisions was a key factor of the NYDFS decision to refuse Bittrex's BitLicence application, Bittrex is likely to be facing significant scrutiny from international regulators as to the regulatory treatment of the tokens listed on its platform.


Bittrex put a more positive spin on things in an email to customers presenting a change to Bittrex Global, located in Lichenstein as the new HQ of the company.

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