EU releases sanctions map and travel ban tool

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Travelers will be able to find out if a specific region or territory is subject to travel ban under sanctions with the new publication EU sanctions map tool, the European Commission recently announced.

The EU sanctions map includes a list of destinations subject to travel restrictions under EU sanctions as well as a consolidated list of people who are not allowed to enter the EU because they are subject to a travel ban. The aim, according to the Commission, is to provide easily accessible information on restrictive measures adopted by the EU (sanctions).

The sanctions tool is available to Member States as well as EU residents and invites users (whistleblowers) to report violations of EU sanctions with a protected identity.

Information on the map will be updated based on changes to existing sanctions regimes or when new sanctions come into effect.

Travel bans are an integral part of our foreign policy toolkit and an important feature of most EU sanctions regimes. Since 2014, the Council has imposed travel bans on 1,091 people in response to their actions violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. Since the beginning of the illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine this year, around 900 travel bans restricting entry into EU territory have been imposed on people who support and facilitate this aggression,” said the High Representative/ vice-president. Josep Borrell, Head of Common Foreign and Security Policy Sanctions.

Additionally, the tool reveals where and who is subject to sanctions for chemical weapons, cyberattacks, human rights and terrorism.

“It is important that there is full transparency on this issue and that our citizens know which people are subject to travel bans. We have now updated our publicly available tool, which helps to facilitate the implementation implementation of our sanctions,” said Commissioner Mairead McGuinnessresponsible for sanctions enforcement, financial services, financial stability and capital markets union.

Currently, the EU has more than 40 different sanctions regimes in place. Some are mandated by the UN Security Council, while others are adopted autonomously by the EU.

You can find the EU sanctions map here.


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