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NordVPN in restricted countries


Some governments implement nation-wide internet censorship systems. Usually, this is supplemented with VPN service blocks, making it harder for residents/tourists in those counties to bypass the censorship restrictions.

In such countries (i.e. China, the United Arab Emirates and/or Saudi Arabia), NordVPN applications may not work - however, we have several alternative connection methods which you can use to freely and privately surf the net.

The most common connection method used is a manual VPN configuration of the OpenVPN connection protocol, or the L2TP protocol with some specific settings - please contact our Support Staff for assistance in connecting from restricted countries: