Sanctions

  • The UK Government has introduced a suite of sanctions against the Russian Federation following the invasion of Ukraine. The latest list of sanctions can be found here. 

  • Details on the sanctions regulations and accompanying guidance can be found here, whilst a list of individuals sanctioned by the UK can be downloaded from this page

  • Moreover, on 15 March, the UK announced further sanctions which deny both Russia and Belarus access to Most Favoured Nation trading tariffs for hundreds of export goods, and ban exports of high-end, luxury goods to both countries from the UK. See here for guidance.

  • In addition, UK Export Finance will no longer issue any new guarantees, loans or insurance for exports to Russia and Belarus. 

  • The Foreign Secretary has also announced (24 March) a suite of 65 new sanctions, applied against strategic industries, banks and business elites. 

Members with queries, or who require further information, can contact the Department for International Trade's Export Support Service on 0300 303 8955 or by submitting an online question here.  

points of enquiry for specific questions

For further information on import controls, contact the Department for International Trade's Import Licensing Branch on importcontrols@trade.gov.uk

For further information on export controls, contact the Export Control Joint Unit helpline on 020 7215 4594 or exportcontrol.help@trade.gov.uk

For further information on financial sanctions, contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation at OFSI@hmtreasury.gov.uk

For further information on transport sanctions, contact the Department for Transport at transportsanctions@dft.gov.uk 

For general information on sanctions, contact the FCDO's Sanctions Unit at sanctions@fcdo.gov.uk 

Visas

The Government is launching a new sponsorship scheme to make sure that Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes have a route to safety in the UK.

The scheme will match people, charities, businesses and community groups to Ukrainians who do not have established families in the country, so they are able to come to the UK. See here for more information, including an option to sign up for update emails on the scheme. 

The Home Secretary updated Parliament on 10 March on changes to the Ukraine Family Scheme, which allows applicants to join family members or extend their stay in the UK. From 15 March, Ukrainians with passports will no longer need to attend a Visa Application Centre to give their biometrics before they come to the UK.

Instead, once their application has been considered and the appropriate checks completed, Ukrainians will receive direct notification that they are eligible for the scheme and can come to the UK. 

In short, Ukrainians with passports will be able to get permission to come to the UK, fully online, from wherever they are and will be able to give their biometrics once in the country.

If your business still has British nationals in either Russia or Ukraine, please follow the links for further information. 

Other material

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BEIS has produced a FAQ on Russia-Ukraine and UK energy