Why is OpenAI API not supported in certain countries?

Hi OpenAI Community!

  • What is the cause of the restriction to certain countries of OpenAI?
  • If I have been a Beta user for a long time, but now I am in an unsupported country, then I will not be able to use it either?


:thinking: I ask this because I’ve had recent problems setting up my payment account for the OpenAI API, and I suspect it’s related to the country restriction. It may sound very obvious, but it’s strange because in the months that I had the Beta, it worked very well.

Also I’m from Peru.

:heart: In any case, I hope that soon the OpenAI team will be able to expand it to more countries in the future. GPT-3 also captured my country’s information very well

Export laws, namely to do with information security. Some nations, such as China, have been declared as security risks and so in order to do business in those countries, you need isolated computer systems, which are expensive to set up and maintain.


Interesting. So, if I understand correctly, is it due to the security infrastructure of the governments?

No it has more to do with industrial espionage and national intelligence spying. Export laws require private companies to create strong partitions that prevent hostile nations from stealing data, military secrets, and so on. Pretty much anything that has to do with cryptography and artificial intelligence falls under these rules.

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I begin to understand why. :cry:

I hope it will be resolved soon. Thanks for your answer @daveshapautomator!

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I hope that more precise information will be provided or the list of allowed countries will be expanded soon. Especially for Latin America, where some countries are already allowed.

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Yes @Abel1011 definitely :slightly_frowning_face:.