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 entirelist of OFAC's FAQs.
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.
- Guidance on the Provision of Certain Services Relating to the Requirements of U.S. Sanctions Laws(January 12, 2017)
- Index of Interpretative Guidance
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 tothe Belarus sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.
- Apply for an OFAC License Online - Authorization from OFAC to engage in a transaction that otherwise would be prohibited.
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Respect to Entities Blocked Pursuant to Executive Order 13405 (Effective October 30, 2015, updated onApril 27, 2018) (Superseded by General License 2-F)
- Belarus General License 2-F - General License with Respect to Entities Blocked Pursuant to Executive Order 13405 (Effective October 24, 2018) (Superseded by General License 2-G)
- Belarus General License 2-G - General License with Respect to Entities Blocked Pursuant to Executive Order 13405 (Effective October 22, 2019)
Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy
Certain activities related to the Belarus sanctionsmay 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.
- Licenses for Legal Fees and Costs- Guidance on the Release of Limited Amounts of Blocked Funds for Payment of Legal Fees and Costs Incurred in Challenging the Blocking of U.S. Persons in Administrative or Civil Proceedings
- Entities Owned By Blocked Persons- Guidance On Entities Owned By Persons Whose Property And Interests In Property Are Blocked
- Persons Undermining the Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus.- Guidance on the Blocking of Property of Certain Persons Undermining the Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus by Executive Order 13405.
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 resident. Other authorities are public laws (statutes) passed byThe 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.
- 13405 Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus (Effective Date - June 19, 2006)
- International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
- National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C.§§ 1601-1651
Code of Federal Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 548 - Belarus Sanctions Regulations