If you haven’t already heard, the curtains may soon be drawing to a close for ride-sharing app, Uber, in London.
However, the UK capital’s not the first to slap a potential ban on the US company. Many other cities such as Denmark and Bulgaria have already suspended or completely banned the use of the app.
So, if you’d still like to use the app when abroad, and legally, where exactly can you use it?
Yes or no to Uber?
The good news is that many countries across the world still permit Uber in their territories. USA leads the stakes in the country with the most active Uber users, followed by Brazil, China, Mexico and India.
USA and Canada
In the US, most states freely accept the app, but if you plan to travel to Alaska and hope to use it, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Uber removed its services after a dispute over whether its drivers were independent contractors or registered taxi drivers.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, ride-sharing apps in general aren’t permitted, so don’t even think about trying!
In Europe, Uber operates in many cities including Algarve in Portugal to Vilnius in Lithuania. Though Uber is still permitted in Rome, the country will soon be banning it for good after being found of constituting ‘unfair competition practices’.
While London may soon be facing the prospect of an Uber-less future, the same doesn’t apply to the rest of the country. If you’re planning to visit Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds or Sheffield, you can breathe easy (for now) as the app is still allowed.
In August, the Philippines put a ban on Uber services for a month. The company continued to bring on new drivers after the country’s transportation agency suspended its accreditation process.
However, it appears all is well between the country and company as visitors can legally use Uber in cities like Manila and Cebu.
Australia and New Zealand
For the majority of countries and cities across Australia and New Zealand, problems with Uber have been few and far between. From Auckland to Hobart to Wollongong, there’s no issue with using the ride-sharing app.
That said, in the Northern Territory in Australia, the company is on a temporary ban with no return date in sight. The ban occurred after the state government refused to change its law to accommodate the app’s legality.