Global sanctions guide

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  1. Does Croatia have a sanctions regime in place?


  1. Does Croatia implement UN sanctions?

Yes. Croatia is a member of the European Union, which implements UN sanctions in all member states by way of directly effective regulations.

  1. Does Croatia implement an autonomous sanctions regime?

Yes. The Act on International Restrictive Measures 2008 (the “Act”) is the over-arching piece of legislation dealing with sanctions. The Act regulates the procedure for introducing, applying and abolishing international sanctions in accordance with the acts and decisions of the international bodies of which Croatia is a member.

  1. What is the nature of the sanctions regime in Croatia?

Croatia follows the international restrictive measures laid down by the UN, the EU and other international organisations which are binding for on Croatia, as well as the measures introduced autonomously.

Autonomous restrictive measures include:

  • termination of diplomatic relations
  • total or partial termination of economic relations
  • total or partial restriction of import, export, transit, provision of services, and of transport, mail and other communications
  • arms embargo
  • restriction on entry into the country
  • restriction on disposal of assets (freezing of assets)
  • other measures in line with international law
  1. Does Croatia maintain a list of sanctioned individuals and entities?

No. Croatia relies on UN and EU sanctions lists.

  1. Are there any other lists related to sanctions?

Yes. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains a database on sanctions measures enforced by Croatia.

  1. Does Croatia have a licensing or authorisation system in place?


  1. What are the consequences for a breach of sanctions in Croatia? 

The following breaches are punishable by a fine or imprisonment between 6 months and 5 years:  breach of arms embargoes and breach of restrictions on imports, exports, transit, provision of services and of transport, mail and other communications.

For breaches of the other restrictive measures listed above at Question 4, the perpetrator can be punished by a fine or imprisonment up to 3 years.

Any breach that is due to negligence is punishable by a fine or imprisonment up to 6 months.

  1. Who are the relevant regulators in Croatia and what are their contact details?

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is responsible for applying all sanctions.

Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
Trg N. Š. Zrinskog 7-8
10000 Zagreb

T: (+385) 01 4569 964
F: (+385) 01 4551 795

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