UK sanctions on the Republic of Belarus

This page provides guidance on the UK's sanctions regime on the Republic of Belarus, 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 Republic of Belarus sanctions regime

The Republic of Belarus (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 are intended to ensure that certain sanctions measures relating to the Republic of Belarus, 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 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

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

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 Organisation 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 Office’s Sanctions Unit on


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

The Republic of Belarus (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 21 March 2019
Last updated 22 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. A link to general guidance on financial sanctions has been added.
  2. First published.