Zimbabwe - Related Sanctions

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Sanctions Brochures

Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Zimbabwe 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 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 Zimbabwe Sanctions.  Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.

Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy

Certain activities related to the Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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

Press Charts

OFAC occasionally produces charts of the Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) of Zimbabwe.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR Zimbabwe Sanctions

The Zimbabwe 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 in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Modifications to these regulations are posted in the Federal Register. 

Executive Orders

  • 13469 Blocking Property of Additional Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe (July 25, 2008)
  • 13391 Blocking Property of Additional Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe (Effective Date - November 23, 2005)
  • 13288 Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe (Effective Date - March 7, 2003)


Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Register Notices

  • 85 FR1060-20 - Amended Zimbabwe Sanctions Regulations
  • 79 FR 39312-14 - Final Rule in the Federal Register Amending the Zimbabwe Sanctions Regulations
  • 71 FR 29251-06 - Revisions to IEEPA made by the Combating Terrorism Financing Act of 2005
  • 69 FR 45246-04 - New regulations to implement Executive Order 13288