Guidance

Financial sanctions: guidance, FAQs and information on monetary penalties

Information on the approach OFSI takes to financial sanctions and monetary penalties for breaches in financial sanctions.

Documents

Maritime guidance

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General guidance

EU sanctions continue to apply in the UK until 11pm on 31 December 2020. This page will be updated if legislation or guidance changes during the transition period

The general guidance document includes information regarding:

  • businesses’ obligations to financial sanctions regulations
  • OFSI’s processes for licence applications and breach reports
  • frequently asked questions by specific sector

Monetary penalty guidance

The guidance on monetary penalties outlines OFSI’s processes for issuing monetary penalties for financial sanctions breaches, including:

  • the case assessment process
  • penalty calculation process
  • procedural rights

FAQ guidance for the charity sector

The FAQ guidance for the charity sector helps clarify what activity may be permitted under an OFSI licence and how to apply. It also promotes various sources of information and advice available to charities and NGOs

Financial sanctions guidance in the UK: a quick guide

OFSI has also produced a quick guide which provides key information regarding the obligations of businesses and individuals in relation to financial sanctions.

FAQ guidance for the import and export sector

The FAQ guidance for the import and export sector helps clarify how financial sanctions differ from trade sanctions, including how to apply for a licence from OFSI and DIT.

UK Sanctions guidance

OFSI has also published UK financial sanctions: general guidance. This will apply to any new sanctions regimes that the UK introduces during the transition period. This guidance does not currently apply to existing sanctions regimes which are operating under EU legislation until 31 December 2020.

OFSI has also published specific guidance in respect of the financial and investment restrictions in the Russia sanctions regime. This guidance does not currently apply and would only come into effect on 1 January 2021, or when the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 come into force. This is therefore for information only at this stage.

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Published 29 May 2013
Last updated 27 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated with 'Maritime guidance'

  2. Updated with 'Financial sanctions: general guidance'

  3. Added Russia guidance

  4. Updated with latest version of 'Monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions: guidance'

  5. Updated with FAQ guidance for the import and export sector

  6. Updated sections 3.4.1 and 3.4.2 in 'Financial sanctions: general guidance'

  7. Updated to include Charity FAQ

  8. Updated quick guide to fix broken hyperlink

  9. Updated with the OFSI quick guide on key information regarding the obligations of businesses and individuals in relation to financial sanctions.

  10. Updated to improve clarity of information displayed

  11. Updated monetary penalties PDF – cover picture added

  12. Updated to bring the monetary penalties guidance document together with the general guidance.

  13. Added link to OFSI's guidance on the imposition of monetary penalties.

  14. Guidance updated to reflect the publication of new guidance on the imposition of monetary penalties

  15. New section 4.4 added making clear that OFSI expects all designated persons planning to visit the UK to possess an appropriate licence to support themselves legally while in the country.

  16. Updated guidance

  17. FAQs updated to reflect the latest notice Iran (Nuclear Proliferation): economic and financial sanctions relief under the JCPoA

  18. updated FAQs doc

  19. First published.