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Sanctions on financial transactions

17 May 2021

If you are transferring money to or receiving money from abroad, please be aware that restrictions apply to some countries.  

Sanctions on financial transactions 

The European Union and the United States have imposed sanctions on financial transactions with people and countries from a number of countries. These sanctions mean that little or no (financial) business can be done with people and companies from these countries (sanctions).

Current sanctions

The list of countries and sanctions per country can be changed at any time by the EU and the US.

The following sanctions apply at present: 

  • Syria, Iran and North Korea: bank transfers are not allowed.
  • Russia, Yemen, Lebanon, Belarus and Ukraine: restrictions apply to bank transfers. For example, to individuals or companies on the US and EU blacklist.
  • Cuba and Sudan: transactions are possible, but transactions in US dollars are prohibited for both countries and payments may not be made to or via an American company.

No payment in event of sanctions

If sanctions apply, the member of staff who submitted the invoice or payment request will be notified by email by the ASSC. 


If you have any questions, please contact the ASSC helpdesk at helpdesk.universiteitleiden.nl.

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