UK sanctions relating to Somalia

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

The Somalia sanctions regime

The Somalia (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 the United Nations sanctions regime relating to Somalia

  • promote the peace, stability and security of Somalia

  • support the Federal Government of Somalia to promote peace, stability, security and the rule of law, including, in particular, supporting its efforts to reconstruct the country, to counter the threats posed by terrorism and from illegal armed groups, and to tackle the flow of illegal arms

  • promote the effective delivery of the mandates of the regional and international monitoring, peace-support and protection and training missions and mechanisms in Somalia

  • promote respect for humanitarian assistance activities in Somalia

  • promote compliance with the rules of international humanitarian law applicable to the armed conflicts in Somalia

  • promote respect for human rights in Somalia

You should also review the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 and the Somalia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 to find out any amendments made to the Regulations.

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 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 import controls: contact the Department for International Trade’s Import Licensing Branch on

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

  2. First published.