UK sanctions on Syria

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime on Syria, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The UK is leaving the EU. This page tells you about sanctions regimes after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and will be updated if anything changes.

The Syria sanctions regime

Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 are intended to ensure that certain sanctions measures relating to Syria, which are currently in force in the UK under EU legislation and related UK regulations, continue to operate effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

This sanctions regime is aimed at encouraging the government of Syria to:

  • refrain from actions, policies or activities which repress the civilian population in Syria
  • participate in negotiations in good faith to reach a negotiated political settlement to bring about a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria

When these regulations come into force they will replace, with substantially the same effect, relevant existing EU legislation and related UK regulations.

Contact details


We will be publishing statutory guidance for this sanctions regime on this GOV.UK page soon, which will include information on licensing.

Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

An explanatory memorandum accompanies the regulations, providing further information on their provisions.

Section 2(4) of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018: report

Section 18 of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 in relation to criminal offences: report

Published 8 April 2019
Last updated 21 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Links to technical guidance on interception and monitoring prohibitions in sanctions, and general guidance on financial sanctions have been added.
  2. First published.