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Sanctions Brochures​

Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Belarus sanctions.  They are useful quick reference tools. 

Frequently Asked Questions

OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies.  The links below send 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 Belarus sanctions.  Certain activities related to the Belarus sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC.  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 the Belarus.  General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.
  • Revocation of General License 1-E - final rule to revoke a general license authorizing U.S. persons to engage until May 31, 2011
  • Belarus General License No. 1-E - Extends the authorization for all transactions between U.S. persons and Lakokraska OAO and/or Polotsk Steklovolokno OAO until May 31, 2011
  • Belarus General License 2-E - General License with Respect to Entities Blocked Pursuant to Executive Order 13405 (Effective October 30, 2015, updated on April 27, 2018)

Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy

Certain activities related to the Belarus 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 Belarus sanctions.

Executive Orders, Statutes, Rules and Regulations Relating to Belarus

The Belarus sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities.  Some of these authorities are in the form of executive orders 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).  Modifications to these regulations are posted in the Federal Register.  

Executive Orders

  • 13405 Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus (Effective Date - June 19, 2006)


Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Register Notices

  • 76 FR 5482-11 - final rule to revoke a general license authorizing U.S. persons to engage until May 31, 2011
  • 75 FR 5502-10 - New regulations to implement Executive Order 13405
Last Updated: 4/27/2018 1:40 PM