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Latest sanctions that financial institutions in the UK must apply
Posted: Monday,
March 7, 2022

Following the United Kingdom (UK) law and Opal Transfer internal policy, we aren't allowed to send money to certain countries and regions.

1. The sanctioned regions are Crimea and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), including the cities:

Crimea: Alushta, Bakhchisaray, Dzhankoy, Evpatoriya, Feodosiya, Kerch, Krasnoperekopsk, Saki, Sevastopol, Simferopol, Sudak, and Yalta.

Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR): Artemove, Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Bilozerske, Bilytske, Boikivske, Chasiv Yar,
Chystiakove, Debaltseve, Dobropillia, Dokuchaievsk, Donetsk, Druzhkivka, Hirnyk, Horlivka, Ilovais, Khartsyzk, Khrestivka, Komsomolske, Kostiantynivka,
Kramatorsk, Krasnohorivka, Kurakhove, Lyman, Makiivka, Manhush, Mariupol, Maryinka, Mospyne, Mykolaivka, Myrnohrad, Novoazovsk, Novohrodivka,
Pokrovsk, Rodynske, Selydove, Shakhtarsk, Iversk, Sloviansk, Snizhne, Soledar, Sviatohirsk, Svitlodarsk, Toretsk, Ukrainsk, Velyka Novosilka, Volnovakha,
Vuhledar, Vuhlehirsk, Yasynuvata, Yenakiieve, Yunokomunarivsk, Zhdanivka, Zuhres, Alchevsk, Almazna, Antratsyt, Artemivsk, Bilokurakyne, Bilovodsk,
Brianka, Chervonopartyzansk, Dovzhansk, Hirske, Holubivka, Irmino, Kadiyivka, Khrustalnyi, Kreminna, Luhansk, Lutuhyne, Lysychansk, Miusynsk,
Molodohvardiysk, Novoaidar, Novodruzhesk, Novopskov, Oleksandrivsk, Perevalsk, Pervomaisk, Petrovske, Popasna, Pryvillia, Rovenky, Rubizhne,
Shchastia, Sieverodonetsk, Sorokyne, Starobilsk, Sukhodilsk, Svatove, Vakhrusheve, Zolote, Zorynsk, and Zymohiria.

2. The persons, entities, and banks are sanctioned according to:

3. Any person or business, including merchants that are subject to the List of Banned Industries.

Prior to accepting a business relationship, Opal Transfer must ensure that client’s activity or transaction is not involved in any of the following services:
1. Adult Products and Services, which includes online dating, pornography, and other sexually suggestive materials (including literature, imagery, and other media); escort or prostitution Services; website access and website memberships of pornography or illegal sites.
2. Child pornography, bestiality, rape, and non-consensual mutilation content.
3. Body parts, which include organs or other body parts.
4. Weapons and explosives, which include firearms, ammunition, knives, brass knuckles, gun parts, and other armaments.
5. Goods, technology, software, or components designed or modified for military use (for example vehicles, aircraft or marine craft, imaging equipment, armoured protective equipment, cryptographic technology, or training materials for a weapons system).
6. ‘Dual use’ goods, technology, software, documents, or diagrams, which meet certain technical standards and could be used for military or civilian purposes (for example nuclear materials, chemical agents, electronics, computer or telecommunications equipment, sensors, lasers, machine tools, navigation, and avionics equipment, marine technology or aerospace technology).
7. Narcotics, drugs, and drug paraphernalia, which include illegal drugs and drug accessories, including herbal drugs like salvia and magic mushrooms.
8. Drugs or herbal drugs or any kind requiring a prescription from online pharmacies: - which includes drugs or other products requiring a prescription by a licensed medical practitioner.
9. Government IDs or documents, which include fake IDs, passports, diplomas, and noble titles.
10. Hacking and cracking materials, which include manuals, how-to guides, information, or equipment enabling illegal access to software, servers, websites, or other protected property.
11. Traffic devices, which include radar detectors, jammers, license plate covers, traffic signal changers, and related products.
12. Pyrotechnic devices, combustibles, corrosives, and hazardous materials, which include explosives, fireworks, and related goods; toxic, flammable, and radioactive materials and substances.
13. Illegal downloads of movies, music, computer video games, and software, which are subject to copyrights.

14. Copyright unlocking devices, which include modchips or other devices designed to circumvent copyright protection, cable descramblers, and black boxes which include devices intended to obtain cable and satellite signals for free. Software, hardware, or other downloads with potential copyright issues.
15. Counterfeit and unauthorized goods, which includes replicas or imitations of designer goods; items without a celebrity endorsement that would normally require such an association; fake autographs, counterfeit stamps, and other potentially unauthorized goods.
16. Transactions involving intellectual property or trademark infringement.
17. Tobacco and cigarettes, which includes cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and related products.
18. Live animals or hides, skins, teeth, nails and other parts of animals, ivory or other items related to protected species, or other items of archaeological, historical, cultural, or religious significance or rare scientific value.
19. Endangered species, which include plants, animals, or other organisms (including Product derivatives) in danger of extinction.
20. Alternative banking platforms (ABP) outside of the regulated banking sector.
21. Pyramid marketing schemes or any type of get-rich-quick scheme.
22. Crypto or virtual currencies, like Bitcoins which are not regulated, etc.
23. Bulk marketing tools, which includes email lists, software, or other products enabling unsolicited email messages (i.e. Spam).
24. Any Product or Service that is not in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations whether local or international.
25. Any other Product or Service, which in the sole opinion of either Opal Transfer or the payment gateway facilitators, is detrimental to the image and interests of any of them, as communicated by any of them to Merchant from time to time.
26. Illegal or unregulated gambling, casinos or betting.
27. Illicit trade-in of antiquities and archaeological artifacts and cultural objects.
28. Precious metals trading (gold, silver, copper, platinum, and palladium, etc.).
29. Oil trading.
30. Shell companies, with beneficial owners in tax havens, countries with high levels of corruption, or countries, where terrorist organisations operate.