UK sanctions relating to Libya

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime relating to Libya

The Libya sanctions regime

The Libya (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 came fully into force on 31 December 2020. They are intended to ensure compliance with the relevant UN obligations under UNSCR 1970, and to

  • promote respect for human rights in Libya
  • promote the peace, stability and security of Libya
  • promote the successful completion of Libya’s transition to a democratic, independent and united country, and
  • prevent migrant smuggling and human trafficking taking place from Libya

These regulations have replaced, with substantially the same effect, relevant existing EU legislation and related UK regulations.

Those persons subject to designation 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 import controls: contact the Department for International Trade’s Import Licensing Branch on

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 31 December 2020