Important: Uphold no longer supporting countries in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Balkans region

Important: Uphold no longer supporting countries in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Balkans region

Hello Brave Community,

Uphold has informed us that they will no longer be able to offer services in the following countries:

  • Russia (RU)
  • Ukraine (UA)
  • Belarus (BY)
  • Albania (AL)
  • Azerbaijan (AZ)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Kosovo (XK)
  • Montenegro (ME)
  • Moldova (ME)
  • Georgia (GE)
  • North Macedonia (MK)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Serbia (RS)
  • Slovenia (SI)

You can find a full list here of countries that are not supported by Uphold: https://support.uphold.com/hc/en-us/articles/360026786712-Non-Supported-Jurisdictions

We have received confirmation from Uphold’s team that if you have an account in one of these regions, your Uphold account will no longer be able to send or receive funds.

We strongly recommend that you check with Uphold support regarding next steps for your Uphold account. Some restrictions to accounts in these regions began as early as February 16, 2022, but it is best to reach out to Uphold support for more information regarding your account if you are in an affected region.

If you are a Brave Rewards user verified with an Uphold account in an affected region:

  • You will no longer be able to receive Ads earnings payout deposits to your Uphold account, as transfers from us to your Uphold account will be blocked
  • Upon verifying Brave Rewards with an Uphold account from one of these regions, any previously earned BAT cannot be deposited into your Uphold account, as transfers from us to your Uphold account will be blocked
  • If you are in one of these regions, you will no longer be able to send tips to creators, as transfers from your Uphold account will be blocked

Note: Even if you are not in one of these regions but you are verified with Uphold, you will no longer be able to send tips to Uphold-verified creators who are in these regions

We suggest that you:

  1. Disconnect your Brave Rewards from Uphold and return to an unverified state. (Instructions: In the Brave Rewards panel, press on the “My wallet” button and press disconnect to return to an unverified state.) You may explore other options with other available custodians such as Gemini. You can see Gemini’s areas of availability, here: https://www.gemini.com/areas-of-availability
  2. Reach out to Uphold support for more information regarding the future of your Uphold account

If you are a creator who is connected to Uphold with an account in an affected region:

  • You will no longer be able to receive tips and contributions from Brave Rewards users who are verified with Uphold, as transfers to your Uphold account will be blocked

  • You will no longer be able to receive monthly Creators payouts from us for any pending balances in your https://creators.brave.com account via Uphold, as transfers to your Uphold account will be blocked

We suggest that you:

  1. Disconnect your Creators account from Uphold. You may explore other options with other available custodians such as Gemini. You can see Gemini’s areas of availability, here: https://www.gemini.com/areas-of-availability
  2. Reach out to Uphold support for more information regarding the future of your Uphold account

Thank you for being part of the Brave & BAT Community, and we hope the above information was helpful.

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