New Zealand implements the UN Security Council’s sanctions concerning Yemen through the United Nations Sanctions (Yemen) Regulations 2014.

Sanctions were imposed concerning Yemen in 2014 by resolution 2140(external link).

United Nations Sanctions (Yemen) Regulations 2014

New Zealand's sanctions regulations(external link) came into force on 16 May 2014, and amendments came into force on 1 September 2022. These regulations apply to all persons inside New Zealand and to New Zealand citizens outside New Zealand.

A person breaching the sanctions regulations could be liable for up to 12 months imprisonment or a fine of up to $10,000. A company breaching the sanctions regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $100,000.

Some of the key restrictions in the sanctions regulations are outlined below. The following list is a summary only and is not comprehensive. We recommend that you look at the detailed regulations and obtain independent legal advice when making decisions about dealings with persons from Yemen.

Arms embargo

The regulations prohibit the direct and indirect export of arms from New Zealand that are intended to be sold or transferred to a designated person or an agent of a designated person. The regulations also prohibit loading or carrying such arms onto a craft, and other dealings with arms that are intended for a designated person (see regulations 3A to 3F).

Asset Freeze

The regulations prohibit transferring, selling, or otherwise dealing with any property (including assets, money or securities) that is owned or controlled by a designated person or their agent(external link) (see regulations 5-7).

Training and assistance

The regulations prohibit providing any training or assistance related to military activities or the provision, manufacture or use of any arms to a designated person or their agent (see regulation 3G).

Travel ban

The regulations prohibit people designated by the UN(external link) from entering or transiting through New Zealand (see regulation 4).


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