[Dec 05: Scheduled maintenance] Bittrex International to shut down operations in 31 countries by month-end, suggests users to withdraw deposits in time

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Original story (from Oct 21) follows:

Headquartered in the US, cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex International has now decided to halt all operations in 31 countries by the end of this month (i.e. Oct 29) due to some “regulatory uncertainty.” The official announcement states:

On October 18, Bittrex International informed customers who reside in certain countries (see full list below) that they can no longer use the Bittrex International platform due to regulatory uncertainty. All trading and account access for these impacted customers will be halted on Tuesday, October 29 date at 19:00 UTC/21:00 CEST.

Which countries, to be specific? Here’s the list shared by Bittrex Communications team, that includes a total of 31 regions, users of which will no longer be able to use the services after this month:

Afghanistan, Egypt, Bosnia-Herzegowina, Botswana, Cambodia, Central African, Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

As can be seen in the announcement post, Bittrex is suggesting users in the affected areas to withdraw their deposits i.e. coins and tokens from the platform at the max by Oct 29, 19:00 UTC/21:00 CEST. All users have to do is:

  • Login to your Bittrex account.
  • Click Holdings in the upper right section.
  • Using the Search box to look for the wallet from which you wish to withdraw.
  • Click on Withdraw button under Holdings.
  • Enter the asked for details (like address and quantity that you wish to take out) and after that click on Withdraw.

Please be informed that, that you won’t be able to withdraw the deposits if the account balance is less than the minimum withdrawal amount – which “must be greater than 3 times the fee. For example, your balance in BTC must be .00150001 or greater as the fee is .0005.

So act in time to get your assets. Those interested can read the official announcement post here.

Update 1 (Dec 05)

Bitrex.com will be undergoing a scheduled maintenance today, so the site will not be accessible for about an hour or so. Here’s what the customers can expect during the maintenance:

Bittrex.com will be offline on December 5 for scheduled maintenance which will result in downtime starting at 19:00 UTC (11:00 AM PT) and may last until 20:00 UTC (12:00 PM PT).
Users will not be able to log in or use Bittrex APIs during the maintenance.
Customers assets will remain secure during the downtime.
All markets will be offline, and trading will be suspended during scheduled downtime.
All orders will remain open (on the order books) during the maintenance, including partially filled orders.

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