Afghanistan sanctions and blacklists

Afghanistan’s challenging business environment is made more difficult for multinational Clients because of the range of economic and political sanctions placed on the country. A summary of embargoes is below:

  • New developments

    • The US and Taliban signed a peace agreement on 29 February 2020 that will see withdrawal of NATO and US forces from Afghanistan within 14 months;
    • The agreement also seeks to start diplomatic engagements with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to remove all sanctions against Afghanistan;
    • In 2019 the EU added Afghanistan back to the money laundering blacklist due to weak AML/CFT regimes;
    • Currently the USA imposes no sanctions on Afghanistan.
  • Existing sanctions against individuals and legal entities

    • Financial sanctions and asset freeze of at least 136 entities in Afghanistan by the EU;
    • Freezing of funds for entities, legal persons and groups associated with, or are parts of, the Taliban;
    • Travel restrictions of natural persons named in the sanctions list;
    • Arms embargos and restrictions on legal and natural persons, groups and entities associated with, or part of, the Taliban;
    • Prohibition to provide technical services, including training related to military activities, to any entities designated by the UN;
    • The UK government maintains a consolidated list of Financial Sanctions Targets of Afghan individuals in the UK.

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For additional information on our business setup services in Afghanistan, please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Apurv Trivedi, directly:
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