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Nicaragua-related Sanctions

Frequently Asked Questions

OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies. The links below send the user to OFAC's FAQ pages.

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 Nicaragua-related Sanctions.  Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.

General Licenses

OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize activities that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to the Nicaragua-related Sanctions.  General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.

Legal Framework for the Nicaragua-related Sanctions

The Nicaragua-related Sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities.  Some of these authorities are in the form of executive orders 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

  • 14088 - Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency With Respect to the Situation in Nicaragua (October 24, 2022)
  • 13851 - Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua (November 27, 2018)


Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Register Notices

  • 88 FR 11814-23 - Publication of Nicaragua Sanctions Regulations Web General Licenses 3 and 4
  • 87 FR 78484-22 - Publication of Humanitarian Sanctions Regulations Amendment and General Licenses (Nongovernmental Organizations, Agricultural, and Medicine)
  • 87 FR 78470-22 - Publication of United States Government and International Organizations Official Business Sanctions Regulations Amendment and General Licenses
  • 85 FR 43436 - Amended Nicaragua Sanctions Regulations (July 17, 2020)  
  • 84 FR 46440​​ - ​Nicaragua Sanctions Regulations