UK sanctions regimes

Information on UK sanctions regimes currently in force

The UK’s sanctions framework has changed. This page tells you about UK sanctions that are now in force, including new UK regimes that came into force at 11pm on 31 December 2020.

UK sanctions regimes

This page provides information on UK sanctions regimes currently in force. This includes regimes under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (the Sanctions Act) and under other UK legislation such as the Export Control Order 2008 and the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

A regime is a collection of sanctions measures put in place for a particular set of purposes. Regimes can be either ‘thematic’ (relating to a particular issue), or ‘geographic’ (relating to a particular country or region).

Find out who is subject to UK sanctions under the Sanctions Act, including designated persons and specified or designated ships.

Find out who is subject to financial sanctions under the Sanctions Act and other UK legislation.

More information

For more information on financial sanctions, contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation at or subscribe to OFSI’s e-alerts.

For more information on export controls, contact the Export Control Joint Unit Helpline on +44 (0) 20 7215 4594 or email or subscribe to the Export Control Joint Unit’s notices to exporters.

For more information on immigration sanctions, contact the Home Office on

For more 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 31 January 2020
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. The UK's sanctions framework has changed.

  2. First published.