By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Nicaragua

At a glance

The EU adopted a new sanctions regime against Nicaragua on 15 October 2019 by Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720.

On 1 January 2021 at the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK adopted The Nicaragua (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/610).



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OFAC designates 3 Nicaraguan judges

On 19 April, OFAC designated Nicaraguan judges Nadia Camila Tardencilla Rodriguez, of the Second District Trial Court of Managua, Ernesto Leonel Rodriguez Mejia, of the Managua Appeals Court, and Octavio Ernesto Rothschuh Andino, of the First Criminal Appeal Court of Managua, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13851. Those listed are said to have played a role in stripping over 300 …


US SDN amendments & new FAQ designations and removal & adds one new FAQ

OFAC has made new Russia, Iran and Counter-terrorism designations and removed individuals and an aircraft from its Nicaragua & Venezuela sanctions lists. These changes are set out in this Notice  & this Notice It also published one Russia FAQ on the petroleum price cap (1109)

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US adopts new Nicaragua sanctions authority

On 24 October, US President Biden signed Executive Order (E.O.) 14088, “Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency With Respect to the Situation in Nicaragua”, amending E.O. 13851. Factsheet & Letter to the Speaker. The new E.O. provides for: sanctions on certain people and entities that operate or have operated in the gold sector of the Nicaraguan economy and …


OFAC designates Nicaraguan mining company ENIMINAS

OFAC has designated Empresa Nicaraguense de Minas (ENIMINAS), a state-owned Nicaraguan mining company, and Ruy Lopez Delgado, the president of the ENIMINAS board of directors, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13851. The company was established by the Government of Nicaragua in 2017 and it is alleged to funnel profits to private sector partners and kickbacks to government insiders. Press Release …


US imposes visa restrictions on 93 Nicaraguan officials

The US State Department has imposed visa restrictions on 93 people who are believed to have undermined democracy following Daniel Ortega’s “illegitimate” re-election as President of Nicaragua in November 2021. Those targeted include judges, prosecutors, National Assembly Members and Interior Ministry officials. Press Release.


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/606

Council Regulation (EU) 2022/1934

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1935


Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720

Parent Regulation

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/607

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1467

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1800

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1943

The Nicaragua (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/610)

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