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Country-Specific Regulations


Comprehensively sanctioned countries – description/paragraph: The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States. OFAC administers a number of different sanctions programs. The sanctions can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals.

Per the Export Control Policy, if you plan to engage in with a comprehensively sanctioned country, please contact the Export control officer at exportcontrol@research.ufl.edu

Country-Specific Restrictions

Activities with Iran

OFAC maintains a comprehensive sanctions program against Iran pursuant to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR), among other rules, executive orders, and policies. Additionally, the U.S. Department of State has designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. These regulations and designations place significant restrictions on the interactions the UF community can have with Iran. Additionally, Florida law prohibits the use of any university funds in support of travel to Iran.

In general, the following restrictions apply to all UF activities with Iran:

    • UF Personnel are restricted from using any UF funds to support travel expenses to Iran (including UF Foundation, gift, start-up, college/departmental, or sponsored research funds);
    • U.S. persons may not attend or present at a conference in Iran without an OFAC license.
    • It can take up to six months or more to obtain an OFAC license for Iran. Plan ahead!
    • This license requirement applies regardless of the topic of the conference and regardless of whether the information presented is within the public domain.
    • Please contact the Export Control Officer as soon as possible if you would like to engage in activities with Iran.

Contact the UF Research Integrity, Security and Compliance office to seek approval for your planned activities. Per the Export Control Policy, the Export Control Officer is the only one designated on campus who may apply for an OFAC license on behalf of the University.

Activities with Cuba

On 11 January 2021, the US Department of State reinstated Cuba on the list of “state sponsors of terrorism” (see: https://www.state.gov/u-s-announces-designation-of-cuba-as-a-state-sponsor-of-terrorism/).

Consequently, and as was the case before Cuba was removed from that list by the Obama Administration in 2014, pursuant to Florida Statute 112.061.3(e). no state funds may be used to travel to Cuba at this time. Other activities with Cuba will need to be reviewed by UF RISC.

We will update this page with new information as that becomes available. In the meantime please feel free to contact UF RISC with any questions at exportcontrol@research.ufl.edu.

If you have additional questions about sanctioned countries, please visit the OFAC website.

If you have further questions regarding Countries of Concern as designated in Florida Statute, please visit UF’s International Engagements and Collaborations page.