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 Venezuela-related Sanctions

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Frequently Asked Questions


OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies. The link below sends the user to the entire list of OFAC's FAQs.  

Interpretive Guidance


OFAC issues interpretive guidance on specific issues related to the sanctions programs it administers.  These interpretations of OFAC policy are sometimes published in response to a public request for guidance or may be released proactively by OFAC in order to address a complex topic.  Applying for a Specific OFAC License
It may be in your and the U.S. government’s interest to authorize particular economic activity related to the Venezuela-related Sanctions.  Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.
General Licenses 

OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize activities that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to Venezuela.  General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.  

Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy


Certain activities related to the Venezuela-related Sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC.  Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies as they relate to the Venezuela-related Sanctions.
Press Charts

OFAC releases press charts related to illicit activity in Venezuela

Legal Framework for the Venezuela-related Sanctions


The Venezuela-related Sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities.  Some of these authorities are in the form of an executive order issued by the President. Other authorities are public laws (statutes) passed by The Congress. These authorities are further codified by OFAC in its regulations which are published the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Executive Orders

  • 13884 - ​Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela - (August 5, 2019)
  • 13857​ - Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela (January 25, 2019)
  • 13850 - Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (November 1, 2018)
  • 13835 - Prohibiting Certain Additional Transactions with Respect to Venezuela (May 21, 2018)
  • 13827 - Taking Additional Steps to Address the Situation in Venezuela (March 19, 2018)  
  • 13808 - Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to the Situation in Venezuela (August 24, 2017)
  • 13692 - Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (March 8, 2015)

Determinations

Statutes

Code of Federal Regulations
Federal Register Notices
  • 80 FR 39676-15 - Final Rule Issuing the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations
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Last Updated: 11/5/2019 4:24 PM