UK sanctions relating to the Republic of Belarus

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

The Republic of Belarus sanctions regime

The Republic of Belarus (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 Republic of Belarus continue to operate effectively.

You should also review the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 and the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 to find out any amendments made to the Regulations.

This sanctions regime is aimed at encouraging the Government of Belarus to:

  • respect democratic principles and institutions and the separation of powers and the rule of law in Belarus
  • refrain from actions, policies or activities which repress civil society in Belarus
  • properly investigate and institute criminal proceedings against the persons responsible for the disappearances of Yury Zakharanka, Viktar Hanchar, Anatol Krasouski and Dzmitry Zavadski
  • comply with international human rights law
  • and respect human rights

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 on 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 Organisation’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 21 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.

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