Sanctions Profile: Belarus

At a glance

EU sanctions on Belarus were first imposed in 2004 by Common Position 2004/661/CFSP in response to the “continuing deterioration of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in Belarus”, and comprised a travel ban on listed people.

The UK adopted the Belarus (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in 1 January 2021.

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Third countries align with Belarus & human rights sanctions

In February 2021, the EU Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2021/353, which renewed sanctions in respect of Belarus for 1 year. In March 2021, the EU adopted Decision (CFSP) 2021/372, which imposed sanctions on 4 Russian officials in response to the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny under its global human rights regime. The EU has announced that North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, …

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US visa restrictions on 43 people for undermining Belarus democracy

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation (PP) 8015, the US has imposed visa restrictions on 43 people determined to be responsible for undermining democracy in Belarus. The decision comes in response to the recent raids on Vyasna (a human rights organisation), the Belarusian Association of Journalists, and trade union workers, and the sentencing of 2 journalists. The individuals, who have not been …


UK designates 27 Belarusian officials

The UK has added 27 officials to its Belarus sanctions list under The Republic of Belarus (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. These officials were all listed by the EU Council in December 2020 (see post), but their listings were not included in the UK’s autonomous sanctions list at the end of the transition period (see post). The officials include the …


Third countries align with EU Belarus sanctions

In December 2020, the EU Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/2130, which added 29 people and 7 entities to its Belarus sanctions list. North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland and Norway have aligned themselves with this decision. See press release here.


OFAC Venezuela and Belarus designations

In December 2020, OFAC added a Venezuelan judge, Lorena Carolina Cornielles Ruiz, and a prosecutor, Ramon Antonio Torres Espinoza, to its list of specially designated nationals under Executive Order (E.O.) 13692. They were listed for their roles in the “unjust” trial and sentencing of 6 US nationals, who were oil executives of US-based Citgo, on charges of corruption. See Notice …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006

Amended by:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1587/2006

Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006

Council Regulation (EC) No 646/2008

Council Regulation (EU) No 84/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 271/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 505/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 588/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 999/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1000/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1320/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 114/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 170/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 265/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 354/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 1014/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1017/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 494/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1054/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 46/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 740/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1159/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/1133

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/1326

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1948

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1949

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/276

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/277

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/331

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/275

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1387

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1648

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/339


Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP


Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2013/248/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/308/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/534/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/24/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/439/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/750/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1142

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1335

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1957

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/280

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/350

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/280

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/325

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/214

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1388

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1650

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/353

Belarus (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 SI 2019/600