UK sanctions relating to Iraq

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime relating to Iraq

The Iraq sanctions regime

The Iraq (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 came fully into force on 31 December 2020. They put in place sanctions measures to ensure the UK continues to meet its obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 661 (1990) and 1483 (2003).

Resolutions 661 and 1483 established a sanctions regime relating to Iraq, under which certain measures are imposed upon those named on the UN’s Iraq Sanctions List. They also established an arms embargo, and measures to prevent trade in Iraqi cultural property and other items of archaeological, historical, cultural, rare scientific, and religious importance illegally removed from Iraq.

These regulations have replaced, with substantially the same effect, relevant existing EU legislation and related UK regulations.

Those persons who are designated under this regime are included on the UK sanctions list.

Find out more about other UK sanctions regimes.

Contact details

For further information on financial sanctions: contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation or subscribe to the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation’s e-alerts

For further information on trade sanctions: contact the Export Control Joint Unit Helpline on 020 7215 4594 or email or subscribe to the Export Control Joint Unit’s notices to exporters

For further information on transport sanctions: contact the Department for Transport on

For general information on sanctions: contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Sanctions Directorate on


Updates to this page

Published 17 July 2020
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. The UK's sanctions framework has changed.

  2. First published.