Sanctioned Countries and Countries of Concern

Sanctioned Countries

With the exception of Cuba, U.S. citizens are free to travel to all countries without obtaining a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); however, certain activities within, or with citizens of, various countries may require a license. The following table details countries sanctioned by OFAC. If you plan on traveling to, or collaborating with a colleague in, one of these countries, please contact expctrl@lists.upenn.edu for assistance in determining whether a license is required.

Sanctioned Countries*

CountryType of Sanction
Balkans-relatedNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
BelarusNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
BurundiNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
Central African RepublicNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
Congo, Democratic Republic ofNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
CubaExports/imports strictly controlled. Certain academic activities may be authorized under a license. See https://researchservices.upenn.edu/cuba/ for more information.
IranExports/imports strictly controlled. Certain academic activities may be authorized under a license. See https://researchservices.upenn.edu/iran/ for more information.
Iraq-relatedNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
LebanonNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
LibyaNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
Mali-relatedNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
Nicaragua-relatedNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
North KoreaNo imports without a license, strict export controls; no contact or business with certain individuals and their associations. Travel requires special validation from U.S. State Department.
SomaliaNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
South Sudan-relatedNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
SudanExports/imports strictly controlled. Certain academic activities may be authorized.
SyriaExports/imports strictly controlled. Certain humanitarian activities and issues related to intellectual property protection may be authorized under a license.
Ukraine-relatedNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations. Crimea Region under strict export controls.
Venezuela-relatedNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
Yemen-relatedNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations
ZimbabweNo contact or business with certain individuals and their associations

*Note that any country, regardless of sanction status, may have individuals or entities that fall under the “no contact or business with certain individuals and their associations” prohibition; therefore, it is important to perform restricted party screening before entering into an agreement with, or shipping equipment/technical items to, foreign nationals. Please contact expctrl@lists.upenn.edu or 215-573-8817 for assistance with screening.

Sanctions are frequently updated, and can be found at: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/sanctions-programs-and-country-information.

Countries with International Trade and Arms Regulations (ITAR) Restrictions

The ITAR restricts information and material related to defense and military technologies from being exported or released without a license to the following countries::

  • Afghanistan
  • Belarus
  • Burma
  • Central African Republic
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Haiti
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe
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