Update on International Entries in Instructables Contests

We have greatly expanded the list of eligible countries that can participate in our contests!! To find all the eligible countries see below (Eligibility as of 11/16/2015). A small percentage of our contests will be limited to 14 countries (Limited Contests) so make sure to check the rules before entering.

Contests rules will not retroactively be changed.

Eligibility as of 11/16/2015

Limited Contests:
Eligible countries include: US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.


UPDATE 7/25/2012:
Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland are now eligible for all contests!  We've updated the rules to make this clear.  More countries coming as fast as we can. --Christy

Broadly, there are two types of contests: games of skill and games of chance. Most of our contests are games of skill because they are judged, but we have occasionally run games of chance (random winner in a contest, random commenter wins a prize, etc..). Both types are regulated, sometimes stringently, across the world.

As an independent entity, we may have been violating the contest and gaming laws in every country on the planet except the US. While ignorance of the law isn't an acceptable reason to violate it, I did not spend the time to understand and comply with every country's contest laws. Without locations across the world, the potential for enforcement of laws I didn't know about was low.

We are now part of an international company, and the potential for enforcement is real.

Complying with laws is not a drag! It's what sustainable businesses that expect to be around for a long time do!

If you are upset about this, before you complain here, please write or call your representative, member of parliament, or dictator and ask them to simplify contest law in your country. The easier to understand your country's contest laws, the faster we can open our contests to you, and comply with your country's laws. Remember, obeying the law is what good websites do!

Autodesk is not trying to destroy the Instructables community by reducing the number of entrants to our contests; in fact, they're very concerned about the issue. We are trying to make sure we obey all the laws of all the countries where we operate. We are simultaneously working to understand the laws of more countries so we can legally run contests in more areas.

The terms and conditions of our contests are now in full compliance with the requirements of the US and Canada, except Quebec. Doing so required many hours of me talking to lawyers, and very large costs.

I have sorted the countries we will work on next by where our traffic comes from, and where past winners and entrants have come from. For reference:

Top 10 Countries by traffic:
US - open
UK - open
Canada - open (minus Quebec)
Australia - open
India - open
Germany - open

Top 10 Countries by winners and entrants:
US - open
Canada - open
UK - open
Australia - open
Netherlands - open
Germany - open
New Zealand - open
Colombia - open
India - open

The rules for games of skill and games of chance are drastically different. I foresee a situation where there are countries in which we can run one type of contest, but not the other.

Since we don't collect your country of residence during registration, our method of determining who is eligible is based on where a winner wants us to ship a prize.

Obeying laws is not a drag, but this is a tricky situation. I'll concede that you might view this as a bait and switch: we should have fully understood the contest laws of any country where we wanted to encourage DIY through our contests before allowing entrants from those countries. Instead, we allowed everyone, and now have to pause until I can talk to more lawyers. For that I apologize. Fixing this is one of our top priorities.  Even yesterday, I discussed how to get the UK and Australia added to the approved list, and we'll work from there.

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Bulantuy28 days ago

Where is the List of open Countries for contest. Is Philippines allowed to participate or not??.

Every country except:


is allowed to enter, so you are good to go

I hope my Country Belgium is ope, for more contests!

ptkrf4 months ago

This really is some good news!

Too bad some will still be restricted to the original 14 countryes...

PabloW24 months ago

I don't get it. Is Argentina allowed to participate or not?

Kiteman PabloW24 months ago

No, it's not.

There are either trade issues between the US and Argentina, or Instructables contests break some Argentine rules or laws.

PabloW2 Kiteman4 months ago

thanks for the explanation.

Yonatan244 months ago

Does the new update allow only people that live in those countries to participate?

What about countries that aren't listed at all?

Where is the list of all the 180+ countries that can participate?

So if my country is NOT on the "excluded" list in the update, then I can enter contests and receive prizes?

mzbas4 months ago

So can't you join from Turkey? Why?

Kiteman mzbas4 months ago

Your local laws probably prohibit the contests. Best to check whether internet contests are legal in Turkey for yourself.

mzbas Kiteman4 months ago
As far as I know they should be legal. I hope we will have the chance to join in the future.
Kiteman mzbas4 months ago

Laws can be weird - some countries class contests like this as gambling, others (Quebec) flat ban all contests that are not based in the same country as the contestants.

mzbas Kiteman4 months ago

I agree.

chienline4 months ago

Ah... So Indonesia is already eligible for contests. 180+ wow.. what a great job done by Instructables. *twoThumbsUP*

slegorreta4 months ago

Congratulations! I guess this is when you become Global.

This could be the right moment to go multilingual and start options of automatic translation or having the site written in popular languages based on traffic.

Thank you for inspiring us and letting usbshate

lambrosz4 months ago

How about Greece ? Is there an plan for participation in contests ?

Moem5 months ago

Which part of this message is the new part? Not all parts are dated, and not all dates have a year number, and 11/16 is maybe a date... but if so, it's in a format that only one country in the world uses.
I would assume new text is at the bottom, but I'm not sure.

This sounds like it could be good news so I'd like to understand it properly!

BrittLiv Moem5 months ago

The text under "Eligibility as of 11/16" is the update. The are excluded.

kelseymh BrittLiv5 months ago

Perhaps a further edit could be done to add "/2015" at the end of the two dates? That would be consistent with the last update from "7/25/2012". The sidebar doesn't give any indication of "last edited," unfortunately.

Kiteman kelseymh5 months ago

Probably a whole new forum topic would be more appropriate.

In fact, this is such big news, I would have put it in the newsletters...

Moem BrittLiv5 months ago

Thanks, that helps. The posting could have been clearer, for sure... ALL CAPS doesn't help much either.

But in the end, it does turn out to be very good news. Congratulations to all those who can now enter and win in contests!

VicenteH5 months ago
Hi, I'm from Venezuela and I wish to participate in this contest.
Kiteman VicenteH5 months ago
kantos5 months ago

Why Poland is excluded?

Kiteman kantos5 months ago

It may be that your local laws do not allow the contest.

Jacojvv5 months ago
No South africa on the list yet :(
BrittLiv Jacojvv5 months ago

It is, it'sjust not in the "limited contest" list

ossum BrittLiv5 months ago

great news :D

Raitis5 months ago

Didn't expect that at all. You guys are awesome! I now have one more reason to tell everybody how cool this site is. (:

Kiteman5 months ago

>180 countries? Excellent - somebody throw an extra mouse into the lawyers' vivarium!

batery996 months ago

In my country, Turkey, there are laws that forbid casinos and gamble houses, but playing it on the net is not forbidden as i know. There are a lot of bet and gambling sites. Lottery and some chance based games are under the government and not considered as gambling. Is there an opportunity for you to add turkey to your list?

reenim8 months ago

I'm from Turkey and I'd like to participate to the next K'nex contest...

terrefirma9 months ago

For those of you who are imploring Instructibles to consider your country, the burden is on YOU as a citizen of that country to petition whoever makes rules about contests and if the law is clear, provide a copy to the Instructibles team. Then get to work getting those instructibles up, winning, then contacting one of your 'friends to be', if your government did not come through. I'm sure there are any number of countries close to yours that could forward the prize, or work something out.Just get making , innovating, and creating!

Nemo66610 months ago

Last update was 3 yeas ago. Is there any newer updates?

I see it that there are two type of eligibility cases:

First - where you need to change rules.

Second - where you don't need to change rules.

I don't see any reason, not to add all those second type countries.

I really would like to see South Africa on the approved list, can wait to be able to enter some contests

This is not the official word, but I would expect SA to be fairly low down the list of priorities, purely because relatively few members are based there.

Well i tend to disagree, according to quantcast, we give the 8th highest traffic. I think that is high enough that we deserve some attention

Traffic and members are two different things, of course. SA provides 1% of the site traffic, but (I think) much less than 1% of the active participation in the site.

Perhaps, instead, it is the complexities of the SA contest laws? Maybe you could speed up things by finding out what laws & regulations need to be met, and passing them on to service@instructables.com?

I know, I know....but the few of us need this.

Ok only joking. Hopefully we will get there soon.

Laesaurus1 year ago

If I am in the Philippines and I won a contest, can you send it to me directly or do I have to give an address in the legal countries and let a friend send it to me?

You have to have an address in a country that the contest was/is open to.

how can i participate to this contest? i'm from italy but i live in spain!

Kisaa1 year ago

Sorry! maybe i couldn't understand it but what i understood was that the countries laws are not supporting us to take part in these contests????????

Kiteman1 year ago

As a general observation, the further down this list your country lies, the lower the priority it is going to have for adding to contests:


fendyr Kiteman1 year ago

I'm from Indonesia, can I participate to audio contest?

I'm confuse for I must be a registered member of the Sponsor Site in
order to publish a project to the Sponsor Site. So, what Sponsor Site is
it??? And where is its Link???

Please help me for some information regarding to enter the Audio Contest.


Kiteman fendyr1 year ago

You only need to be a member of this site to join in any contest.

At the moment, the contests are only legal in these countries: US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland

If you live outside of those countries, you are not officially allowed to win.


Instructables do not check where you live, and do not ask you for the address to send the prize to until you win.

If you have a friend, family member or business contact in one of the countries above, you can give their address as your own, the prize goes there, and then your contact sends the prize on to you.

Please note, this is not official advice from headquarters, but it is proven to work.

I see that Indonesia is on 16th [ hope and pray ] (^_^)

myinst021 year ago

Yes please add Pakistan to it. You must be getting a high traffic from Pakistan although it is a small country. You will get more high traffic if you open Pakistan because people here have great potentials for DIY's and most of the population have technical and engineering education and also just like India it has English as official language and there are no rules that ban DIY contests. Thanks.

According to Quantcast.com, Pakistan are 19th on the list of countries visiting the site, by traffic. Pakistan provides roughly 160,000 visitors per month, compared to India's 1,200,000, and America's 14,400,000.

But comparing it with a huge country like India and USA is totally unfair. Please compare it's traffic with a small country like Colombia (28,700), Norway (78,100), New Zealand (88,000), Switzerland (70,500) [Stats by qunantcast.com]. Also considering that Pakistan is developing country and internet is available to only 10% of population while in the above countries, 85%-100% population has internet access. So, considering that 160,000 is very much good traffic coming from Pakistan. Also, the traffic will be much more increased when you open these contests and in Pakistan there are no laws banning such contests. So, Pakistan deserves to be have these contests opened. I hope you will look into this. Thanks and cheers!

It is entirely fair to compare with larger nations - the site have to balance the effort required to jump through a nation's legal loopholes (international lawyers are *expensive*), against the benefit to the site in terms of increases in participation.

Maybe you could speed things up by finding what contest and gambling laws need to be complied with, and getting your nation's legal bodies to get in touch with the site's lawyers?

simba1 Kiteman1 year ago

Sorry! maybe i couldn't understand it but what i understood was that the countries laws are not supporting us to take part in these contests????????

please tell me if i had understood the message correctly????

Kiteman simba11 year ago


Laws are similar in many countries, but not identical. It takes time and money to adjust the rules until they fulfil the requirements of the various laws.

simba1 Kiteman1 year ago

Thanks!! now i have understood

gmuzzammil1 year ago

Please add Pakistan to it. Just like India it has English as official language and do not have any laws prohibiting DIY contests. Thanks

You are right!!!! I too want Pakistan to have this opportunty.

Are you sure? Have you checked? Some countries classify contests like these as gambling.

GinaBidd1 year ago

Dear Instructables

Please add South Africa. It would be a great hit here. SA is filled with lots of ingenuity and creativity. (And English is the main language here so no need for translations!!)

Please consider it.

Thanks... A proud South African.

LD_P GinaBidd1 year ago

Yes! A fellow South African here, and I've been a winner in quite a few contests already - luckily I was able to have someone bring my prizes to me from Canada, but that's no longer an option, so it'd be great to have SA on the list!

I agree....yes!

Please add Malaysia if possible. Malaysia widely adopts English for business & Education.

mjawed1 year ago

Hi Instructables team,

How long I have to wait get included my country into the list of valid countries.....?

its been a long time waiting............to participate into contest regarding technology, specially, OSHW and IoT.


PaulJ91 year ago


chienline1 year ago

What about Indonesia? I think DIY competition is not prohibited by the law. It encourages us to think and create. Maybe you all you need to do is contacting Minister of Social Services of Indonesia to make sure Contests held by Instructables do not against the law. We have plenty of DIYers over here :-)

Bojarski1 year ago

Any updates on Sweden?

Any updates about making Brazil elegible?

Thank you!

zzz zzz zzz


I really hope you add Morocco to the list . i live there and i really want to

participate in the metal contest .so how can i get around this obstacle?

thank you

Hi! When you win a prize, there is a way to work around this: If you can provide them with a prize shipping address in one of the countries that *is* accepted, so if you know someone one lives there, you can let it ship there and then let it get send to you.

Hi there,

I am just wondering about France, where we live. Here is just a suggestion, which might help some of us who felt a bit outside the community because of this - why don't you give us a little parity by allowing us to have live links in our descriptions to our own blogs or Youtube channels. These are relevant to our work and would be giving us at least a 'prize' of recognition that we are adding something to your community. Just my 10 cents worth anyway. All the best from Normandy from two Instructable non-eligibles Sue (Pavlovafowl) and Andy (Organikmechanic

add Trinidad and Tobago please i don't think my country have rules on entering contests in other parts of the world

... but there will be laws about contests *within* Trinidad and Tobago, which are the laws the site needs to abide by.

ok i will look more into it and give you more feedback. but if you have a US shipping address can your prize be send there if u win.

Yes, yes it can.


mahf12302 years ago

mexicoo!!! wuu

mgirado2 years ago
I really hope Philippoines will be eligible too. looking forward to it.
mgirado mgirado2 years ago
cuongtl mgirado2 years ago

you ar philipino ?

Diegojavbau2 years ago
I don't understand why Argentina is not on the allowed country list but at the same time is in the list of the most winners ...
Can you explain it to me ?
the same idea to u
It's winners and *entrants*, presumably of past contests before Autodesk took over.

If you can find a link to the body that administers Argentinian contest & gambling laws, and pass that on to service@instructables.com, that would speed things up, if only by a little.
mercuryxixi2 years ago
I like your lists, and it's very usefu and detailed.
sbhandari32 years ago
hello,i am from nepal and i would like to enter contests. can you please add nepal?? beautiful country near India :) it would be great. please. my cousin sis is from india and has mailbox there. so if i win can i get my prize sent there?? is there any way we can make this more flexible???
Simple thing you can do is,enter a contest & if you win something give the address of your cousin sis(who is in India, as India is eligible for entering most of the contest's)
If you can find out who is in charge of contest and gambling law, and send their cc intact details to HQ, that might help.
how can i find who is incharge of contest and gambling law?? sorry i am new to all this :)
Google is your friend, I guess.
can you please add Jordan i rely want to enter the contest
yaly3 years ago
Can you add Egypt please? and my father has a mailbox in the US can my prize if I win be sent there?
canida yaly3 years ago
Yes, we can ship to winners with US addresses.
yaly canida2 years ago
Thank you so much :)
tumidaj canida2 years ago
DragonDon2 years ago
Aww, South Korea not listed. :( And my Korean is far from being able to find such websites/info. Hmm, will keep this in mind though should I run across it.
Elridion2 years ago
Why isn't Austria allowed in the Contest? I know we are small but we share most laws and the Language with Germany which is already in the contest.
Are your contest laws identical to Germany's?

If you can find a link to the body that administers Austrian contest & gambling laws, and pass that on to service@instructables.com, that would speed things up, if only by a little.
So I had to write an E-mail to Instructables with the contest laws of my country?! :-?
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