Guidance

Financial sanctions, Syria

Syria is currently subject to UK financial sanctions.This document provides a current list of designated persons.

Documents

Latest HM Treasury notice, 12/07/2021, Syria

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HM Treasury notice, 08/07/2021, Syria

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HM Treasury Notice, 25/03/2021, Syria

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Details

The Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 ensure sanctions relating to Syria are implemented effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

Context

This sanctions regime is aimed at encouraging the government of Syria to:

  • refrain from actions, policies or activities which repress the civilian population in Syria
  • participate in negotiations in good faith to reach a negotiated political settlement to bring about a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria.

The Syria regime imposes asset freezes on those identified as being responsible for the violent repression of the civilian population in Syria, or supporting or benefitting from the Syrian regime.

There are several financial restrictions including in relation to the:

  • sale or purchase of certain bonds issued or guaranteed by the Syrian regime
  • establishment of correspondent banking relationships with certain persons
  • provision of insurance and re-insurance services to certain persons.

Exceptions and licences

Specific exceptions apply to certain activities in particular circumstances, such as:

  • under licence from HM Treasury to allow humanitarian assistance activities to be carried out in Syria for the benefit of the civilian population.

More details on exceptions which may apply can be found in Part 7 of the Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

For guidance for charities and NGO, please see our Charity sector guidance

UK regulations

EU regulations (applicable prior to 11:00pm, 31 December 2020)

Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012

Find out more about UK sanctions on Syria

Published 4 June 2013
Last updated 12 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 12/07/2021, Syria’.

  2. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 08/07/2021, Syria’.

  3. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury Notice, 25/03/2021, Syria'

  4. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury Notice, 15/03/2021, Syria'

  5. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury Notice, 18/02/2021, Syria'

  6. Updated with latest HM Treasury Notice, 01/02/2021, Syria

  7. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, Syria, 19/01/2021’

  8. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 08/01/2021, Syria’

  9. Updated to reflect regime coming into force under the Sanctions Act

  10. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 06/11/2020, Syria (Reg 2020/1649)'

  11. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 16/10/2020, Syria (Reg 2020/1505)'

  12. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 10/07/2020, Syria (Correction)'

  13. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 04/06/2020, Syria (Reg 2020/716)'

  14. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 01/06/2020, Syria (Reg 2020/716)'

  15. Updated with ‘Latest HM Treasury notice, 17/02/2020, Syria (Reg 2020/211)’

  16. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 11/09/2019, Syria (Corrigenda)'

  17. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 22/05/2019, Syria (Reg 2019/798)'.

  18. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 11/04/2019, Syria'.

  19. Updated 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 18/03/2019'.

  20. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 05/03/2019 Syria (Reg 2019/350)'.

  21. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice, 04/03/2019 Syria (Reg 2019/350).

  22. Updated version of 'Current list of designated persons: Syria'.

  23. Updated with 'Latest HM Treasury notice, 22/01/2019, Syria, (Reg 2019/85)'.

  24. Updated with 'latest HM Treasury notice, 27/07/2018, Syria (Corrigenda)'.

  25. Updated with the latest HM Treasury Notice, 04/07/2018, Syria, (Reg 2018/774).

  26. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice, 19/03/2018, Syria (Reg 2018/420)

  27. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice 27/02/2018 Syria (Reg 2018/282)

  28. Updated links to Council Regulation

  29. Updated to provide more clarity

  30. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice 27/09/2017 Syria (Reg 2017/1751)

  31. Updated text on the page to improve clarity

  32. Latest HM Treasury Notice, 21/05/2017, Syria

  33. Updated with latest HM Treasury Notice, 18/07/2017, Syria (Reg 2017/1327)

  34. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice, 11/07/2017, Syria (Reg 2017/1241)

  35. Updated with latest HM Treasury notice 16/06/2017 Syria

  36. Updated with latest HM Treasury Notice, 07/06/2017, Syria (Reg 2017/907)

  37. Updated with Latest HM Treasury Notice, 21/03/2017, Syria (Reg 2017/480)

  38. Link added to 'Current EU regulations' section.

  39. Updated with: Latest HM Treasury notice, 09/12/2016, Syria (Reg 2016/2137)

  40. Updated with: Latest Treasury Notice, 17/11/2016, Syria (Reg 2016/1996)

  41. Updated to include: Latest HM Treasury notice, 15/11/2016, Syria (Reg 2016/1984)

  42. Updated with: HM Treasury notice, 28/10/2016, Syria (Reg 2016/1893)

  43. Updated with HM Treasury notice, 21/09/2016, Syria (Reg 2016/1735)

  44. Updated list: OFSI, 02/06/2016, Syria Reg (2016/840)

  45. New notice and list published

  46. Updated to include latest notice

  47. Amend to page main text, no amends to list - Council Regulation (EU) No 2015/82 added under 'current EU regulations'

  48. New notice Syria (Reg 2015/961) added

  49. Updated list - due to notice 36/2012

  50. amending Regulation (EU) No 36/2012

  51. Updated sanctions list added

  52. Updated to include latest notice

  53. Updated with (Reg 2015/108)

  54. Updated with latest notice and links to EU Council Regulation

  55. Updated to include Syria (Reg 1105/2014)

  56. updated list

  57. Added notice Syria (Reg 1013/2014)

  58. corrected regime list

  59. added notice: Syria (Reg 793/2014)

  60. added notice (Reg 693/2014)

  61. New notice and updated list of designated persons published

  62. added new notice

  63. added Latest HM Treasury Notice, 17/12/2013 Syria

  64. added 16.08.2013 The Syria (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/1876) 07.05.2013 The Syria (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/877)

  65. New notice published on 08/08/13

  66. added Latest HM Treasury Notice , 24.07.2013 Syria (Reg 697/2013)

  67. First published.