UK sanctions relating to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime relating to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo sanctions regime

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 came fully into force on 31 December 2020. They are intended to ensure that certain sanctions measures relating to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (‘the DRC’) continue to operate effectively.

You should also review 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 gives effect to the UK’s obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1807 and aims to promote:

  • the resolution of the armed conflict in the DRC
  • respect for human rights
  • compliance with international humanitarian law
  • respect for democracy, the rule of law and good governance in the DRC

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 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 7 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. Sanctions statutory guidance on the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been added.

  4. First published.