Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Counter Terrorism 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 OFAC's FAQ pages.
- Counter Terrorism Sanctions FAQ Topic Page
- OFAC Frequently Asked Questions
- Questions Regarding the FSE Executive Order (Prohibiting Certain Transactions with and Suspending Entry into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders with Respect to Iran and Syria)
- Questions Regarding Prohibitions on Dealings with the Palestinian Authority
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 Counter Terrorism Sanctions. 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.
Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy
Certain activities related to the Counter Terrorism 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 Counter Terrorism 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
OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize activities that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions. General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.
- General License 1 - Official activities of certain international organizations; U.S. person employees of certain governments (April 12, 2006)
- General License 2 - Travel, employment, residence and maintenance transactions with the Palestinian Authority (April 12, 2006)
- General License 3 - Payment of taxes and incidental fees to the Palestinian Authority (April 12, 2006)
- General License 4 - Transactions with entities under the control of the Palestinian President and certain other entities (April 12, 2006)
- General License 5 - Concluding activities with the Palestinian Authority (April 12, 2006)
- General License 6 - In-kind donations of medicine, medical devices, and medical services (July 6, 2006)
- General License 7 - Broad authorization for U.S. persons to engage in all transactions otherwise prohibited by the terrorism sanctions programs with the Palestinian Authority (October 31, 2007)
- General License 7a - Transactions with the Palestinian Authority authorized (May 14, 2013)
- General License 8a - Authorizing Certain Humanitarian Trade Transactions Involving the Central Bank of Iran or the National Iranian Oil Company (October 26, 2020)
- General License - To authorize payments from funds originating outside the United States for certain legal services to or on behalf of blocked persons, as well as the formation of legal defense funds to gather donations and dispense funds in connection with payments for such legal services (December 7, 2010)
- Iran General License A - Certain transactions otherwise authorized under general or specific licenses set forth in or issued pursuant to 31 C.F.R. chapter V authorized.
Non-SDN lists associated with anti-terrorism programs
Section (b) of General License 4 issued pursuant to the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 594), the Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 595), and the Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 597) authorizes U.S. financial institutions to reject transactions with members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) who were elected to the PLC on the party slate of Hamas, or any other Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), Specially Designated Terrorist (SDT), or Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), provided that any such individuals are not named on OFAC's list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List).
Impact Reports - Terrorist Assets Reports (TAR)
OFAC occasionally produces reports that demonstrate the impact of economic sanctions. The reports below document the assets blocked under the Counter Terrorism Sanctions.
- Terrorist Assets Report 2019
- Terrorist Assets Report 2018
- Terrorist Assets Report 2017
- Terrorist Assets Report 2016
- Terrorist Assets Report 2015
- Terrorist Assets Report 2014
- Terrorist Assets Report 2013
- Terrorist Assets Report 2012
- Terrorist Assets Report 2011
- Terrorist Assets Report 2010
- Terrorist Assets Report 2009
- Terrorist Assets Report 2008
- Terrorist Assets Report 2007
- Terrorist Assets Report 2006
- Terrorist Assets Report 2005
- Terrorist Assets Report 2004
- Terrorist Assets Report 2003
- Terrorist Assets Report 2002
- Terrorist Assets Report 2001
- Terrorist Assets Report 2000
- Terrorist Assets Report 1999
- Terrorist Assets Report 1998
- Terrorist Assets Report 1997
- Terrorist Assets Report 1996
- Terrorist Assets Report 1995
- Terrorist Assets Report 1994
- Terrorist Assets Report 1993
OFAC occasionally releases charts of the players in and structures of Terrorist Organizations with its press releases.
The Counter Terrorism Sanctions represent 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. In addition to all of these authorities, OFAC may also implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) with regard to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions.
- 13886 Modernizing Sanctions to Combat Terrorism (September 10, 2019)
- 13372 Clarification of Certain Executive Orders Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions (February 16, 2005)
- 13268 Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Taliban and Amendment of Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001 (July 2, 2002)
- 13224 Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism (Effective Date - September 24, 2001)
- 13099 Prohibiting Transactions With Terrorists Who Threaten To Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (Effective Date - August 21, 1998)
- 12947 Prohibiting Transactions With Terrorists Who Threaten To Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (January 23, 1995)
- Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, Public Law No: 115-348
- Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018,Public Law No: 115-272
- Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, Public Law 114-102, 129 Stat. 2205
- Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA), 8 U.S.C. § 1189, 18 U.S.C. § 2339B
- International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
- National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C.§§ 1601-1651
- Section 5 of the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (UNPA), 22 U.S.C. § 287c
Code of Federal Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 566 - Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 594 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 595 - Terrorism Sanctions Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 596 - Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 597 - Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations
Federal Register Notices
- 85 FR 13746-20 - Removal of Terrorism Sanctions Regulations
- 84 FR 35307-19 - Amendments to the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (GTSR); Transnational Criminal Organizations Sanctions Regulations (TCOSR); and Hizballah financial Sanctions Regulations (HFSR)
- 84 FR 9456-19 - Amendment for the List of Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Correspondent Account or Payable-Through Account Sanctions (CAPTA List)
- 83 FR 30539-18 - Removal of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations and Amendment of the Terrorism List Government Sanctions Regulations
- 82 FR 50313-17 - Amendment of Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations
- 78 FR 38574-13 - Technical Amendments to Counter-Terrorism Sanctions Regulations Implemented by OFAC
- 75 FR 75904-10 - Amendments to Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations and Terrorism Sanctions Regulations to expand the scope of authorizations in each of those programs for the provision of certain legal services
- 74 FR 61036-09 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to define the terms "financial, material, or technological support"
- 74 FR 23111-09 - Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to remove countries that are no longer designated as supporting terrorism
- 73 FR 78631-08 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to expand the scope of legal services
- 72 FR 61517-07 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations - Revision to authorize transactions with the Palestinian Authority
- 72 FR 4206-07 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to clarify and redefine terms
- 71 FR 58742-06 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to authorize the donation of medical devices to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health
- 71 FR 29251-06 - Revisions to IEEPA made by the Combating Terrorism Financing Act of 2005
- 71 FR 27199-06 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations - Revisions to authorize certain transactions with the Palestinian Authority
United Nations Security Council Resolutions
- 1526 Reaffirming the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and international law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts (January 30, 2004)
- 1373 Reaffirming the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts (September 28, 2001)
- 1368 Reaffirming the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations (September 12, 2001)
- 1363 Reaffirming its previous resolutions, in particular resolution 1267 (1999) of 15 October 1999 and resolution 1333 (2000) of 19 December 2000, as well as the statements of its President on the situation in Afghanistan (July 30, 2001)
- 1333 Reaffirming its previous resolutions, in particular resolution 1267 (1999) of 15 October 1999 and the statements of its President on the situation in Afghanistan (December 19, 2000)
- 1269 Reaffirming that the suppression of acts of international terrorism, including those in which States are involved, is an essential contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security (October 19, 1999)
- 1267 Reaffirming its previous resolutions, in particular resolutions 1189 (1998) of 13 August 1998, 1193 (1998) of 28 August 1998 and 1214 (1998) of 8 December 1998, and the statements of its President on the situation in Afghanistan (October 15, 1999)
- 1214 Reaffirming its previous resolutions, in particular resolutions 1189 (1998) of 13 August 1998 and 1193 (1998) of 28 August 1998, and the statements of its President on the situation in Afghanistan (December 8, 1998)
- 1189 Reaffirming the determination of the international community to eliminate international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations (August 13, 1998)