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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Renewal of US & EU sanctions regimes & third countries align with EU sanctions

US The US has renewed multiple sanctions regimes by extending for 1 year the national emergencies declared in: Executive Order (E.O.) 13959, “Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Certain Companies of the People’s Republic of China”, as amended by E.O. 14032. Previous post & post. Letter & Notice. O. 12170, “Blocking Iranian Government Property”. Notice. O. 13851, “Blocking …

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UK, US & Canada Nicaragua sanctions designations

The UK, US and Canada imposed sanctions on Nicaraguan officials, members of the judiciary and an entity yesterday (15 November 2021) in response to the “sham” 7 November 2021 presidential election, ongoing violations of human rights and the repression of civil society. UK 8 Nicaraguan officials and members of the judiciary have been sanctioned by the UK pursuant to the …


US & EU sanctions regimes renewed, third countries align with EU sanctions & Kingpin Act designations

In recent weeks, multiple sanctions regimes have been renewed by the US and EU: The US renewed its regimes in respect of Columbia narcotics trafficking (Letter and Notice) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Letter and Notice) for 1 year, by continuing the relevant national emergencies. The EU adopted: Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1800 which renewed its Nicaragua sanctions regime …

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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 2590, which renewed its Mali sanctions regime until 31 August 2022 (Press Release); and resolution …

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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 …


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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1800

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