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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UN & US renew sanctions & export regimes & third countries align with EU sanctions

Over the past month, several sanctions regimes and related regulations have been renewed around the world: The US renewed its Export Control Regulations until 17 August 2021 by continuing the national emergency as declared in Executive Order 13222 (Notice); The UN Security Council adopted: resolution 2588, which renewed its arms embargo on the Central African Republic (CAR) and the CAR …

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US imposes visa restrictions on 19 Nicaraguan officials

The US Department of State has announced the imposition of visa restrictions on 19 Nicaraguan election and political party officials who have “enabled the Ortega-Murillo government’s attack on democracy”. This is the third round of visa restrictions imposed by the US in response to the political situation in Nicaragua, see post for 12 July 2021 restriction and post for 5 …


EU Commission guidance on Covid-19 humanitarian aid in terrorism sanctions

The EU Commission has expanded its Guidance Note again on the provision of Covid-19-related humanitarian aid to countries/areas subject to EU sanctions, to include a chapter on counter-terrorism sanctions. The Commission has previously published chapters on Syria (post), Iran and Venezuela (post), and Nicaragua (post). Notice and Statement. It is on the ‘guidance’ section of this site. The guidance note …

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Switzerland designates 8 Nicaraguan nationals & de-lists 1 from Libya sanctions

The Swiss Federal Council has joined the EU in imposing asset freezes and travel bans on 8 Nicaraguan nationals, including the Vice President and First Lady Rosario María Murillo de Ortega. The designations were made in response to the “ongoing violation of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua”. Notice and Press Release. See previous post for …

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US restricts visas of 50 Nicaraguans over upcoming elections

On 6 August 2021, the US Department of State announced visa restrictions against 50 immediate family members of Nicaraguan prosecutors, judges and National Assembly representatives who have allegedly “contributed to measures adopted by the Government of Nicaragua that do not meet the conditions for transparent, free, and fair elections”. In July 2021, the US restricted the visas of 100 Nicaraguans …


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/606


Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720

Parent Regulation

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/607

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1467

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