UK sanctions relating to ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime relating to ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida

The ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions regime

The ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida (United Nations Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 came fully into force on 31 December 2020. They are intended to give effect to the UK’s obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 2368.

You should also review the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019, the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020 and the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 to find out any amendments made to the Regulations.

This sanctions regime imposes certain measures against those for the time being named on the UN’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list.

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

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

There are other sanctions regimes relating to countering terrorism: the Counter-Terrorism sanctions regime and the Counter-Terrorism (International) sanctions regime.

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 export controls: 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 Unit on


Published 8 March 2019
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. The UK's sanctions framework has changed.

  2. A link to general guidance on financial sanctions has been added.

  3. The link to statutory guidance on the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions regime has been added.

  4. Links to related regimes added

  5. First published.