Sanctions and Export Control
The Isle of Man Customs and Excise Division is responsible for the administration of United Nations and EU financial and economic sanctions and export licensing controls in the Isle of Man. What Does My Business Have to Do with UN/EU Sanctions, and Export and Trade Controls? The Isle of Man also has export controls on endangered species covered by the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Please see the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture imports and exports page for further information.
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Cash Declaration Requirements
If cash in excess of £10,000 (or equivalent in another currency)
- is sent to or taken from or
- is brought into or received in
the Isle of Man, then the person carrying, sending or receiving it must make a declaration to Customs and Excise.
This applies to cash going to, or coming from, anywhere outside the Island; and regardless of whether the cash is being carried by someone, or is sent in the mail, by courier service or is contained in freight, a vehicle or a vessel.
'Cash' includes any banknotes or coins in any currency (including counterfeit), postal orders and cheques of any kind (including travellers' cheques), but excluding cheques drawn on a British or Irish bank. It also includes stored value cards and other document, device, coin or token with a monetary value. (See Notice 9011 MAN for a full definition).
For further information please see 'An introduction to cash entering or leaving the Island' and Notice 9011 MAN.
Financial Sanctions prior to 1 January 2021
Current Sanctions Regimes
- Al-Qaida, the Taliban and ISIL (Da'esh) (Sanctions Notice 21)
- Afghanistan (Sanctions Notice 39)
- Belarus (Sanctions Notice 19)
- Burma / Myanmar (Sanctions Notice 11)
- Burundi (Sanctions Notice 44)
- Central African Republic (Sanctions Notice 42)
- Chemical Weapons (Sanctions Notice 49)
- Congo (DRC) (Sanctions Notice 16)
- Cyber Attacks (Sanctions Notice 50)
- Egypt (Sanctions Notice 36)
- Global Human Rights Regime (Sanctions Notice 53)
- Guinea (Sanctions Notice 30)
- Guinea-Bissau (Sanctions Notice 40)
- Iran (Sanctions Notice 24)
- Iraq (Sanctions Notice 10)
- Lebanon (Sanctions Notice 18)
- Libya (Sanctions Notice 35)
- Mali (Sanctions Notice 46)
- Nicaragua (Sanctions Notice 51)
- North Korea (Sanctions Notice 23)
- Somalia (Sanctions Notice 31)
- Sudan and South Sudan (Sanctions Notice 14)
- Syria (Sanctions Notice 38)
- Tunisia (Sanctions Notice 34)
- Turkey (Sanctions Notice 52)
- Ukraine/Russia (Sanctions Notice 41)
- Venezuela (Sanctions Notice 47)
- Yemen (Sanctions Notice 43)
- Zimbabwe (Sanctions Notice 20)
Financial Sanctions with effect from 1 January 2021
This section tells you how sanctions will operate from 1 January 2021 onwards
EU sanctions will no longer apply in the Isle of Man after 11pm on 31 December 2020.
UK sanctions regimes, which have been applied in Island law with modifications, will come into operation from this time.
It is the policy of the Isle of Man Government to maintain the implementation of international sanctions measures in the Isle of Man, in line with such measures as have effect in the United Kingdom from time to time.
The applied sanctions regulations include:
- the purposes of the sanctions regime (what the Island hopes will be achieved through imposing sanctions)
- who will be subject to sanctions
- the type of sanctions, such as trade and financial sanctions
- details of exemptions that may apply, such as exemptions which allow people to trade with a certain country that would otherwise be prohibited by the regulations
- how the Isle of Man Government will enforce sanctions
- other rules, such as circumstances in which information about sanctions may be shared
What you need to do
Check new legislation and ensure you comply with its requirements, and read the sanctions regime guidance.
Sanctions guidance with effect from 1 January 2021
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burma Myanmar
- Central African Republic
- Chemical Weapons
- Counter Terrorism
- Counter Terrorism (International)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Iran (Nuclear)
- Iran (Human Rights)
- ISIL (Daesh) and Al-Qaida
- Lebanon (Assassination of Rafiq Hariri and others)
- Republic of Belarus
- South Sudan
- Syria (Cultural Property)
- Unauthorised Drilling in Eastern Mediterranean - December 2020
- Misappropriation Sanctions Guidance - December 2020