Travel Ban

I. Relevant Security Council resolutions and Committee Guidelines

The exemptions from the travel ban are provided for by the following:

  • Security Council Resolution 1718 (2006): paragraph 10
  • Security Council Resolution 2094 (2013): paragraph 10
  • Committee Guidelines: Section 12

II. Who is entitled to submit the request for exemptions to the travel ban?

The State(s) of destination and the State(s) of transit.

III. What should be included in the request for exemption from the travel ban?

All requests should include the following information, with accompanying documents:

  1. Name, designation, nationality and passport number(s) of the person(s) undertaking the proposed travel.
  2. The purpose(s) for the proposed travel, with copies of supporting documents furnishing details connected to the request such as specific dates and times of meetings or appointments.
  3. The proposed dates and times of departure from and return to the country from which the travel commenced.
  4. The complete itinerary for such travel including the points of departure and return and all transit stops.
  5. Details of the mode of transport to be used, including where applicable, record locator, flight numbers and names of vessels.
  6. A statement of specific justification for the exemption.

The Committee shall receive from Member States, in writing, requests for exemptions to the travel ban, as early as possible but no less than ten working days before the date of the proposed travel, except where humanitarian consideration requires a shorter period.

IV. How to make requests for exemptions from the travel ban?

Please send the requests for exemptions from the travel bans to:

  • The Chair of the Committee, His Excellency Mr. Christoph Heusgen (Germany), through the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

With copies to:

V. Decision Making of the Committee

In cases where the Committee approves requests for exemptions to the travel restrictions, the Chairperson will write to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations of the State of which the listed individual is a national or resident or to the relevant UN office, informing them of the approval. Copies of the approval letter will also be sent to the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of all State(s) to which the listed individual will be traveling and transiting in the course of the approved exemption.

VI. Changes to the approved exemption from the travel plan

The Chairperson shall be informed in writing immediately in the event of advancement or postponement of travel for which the Committee has already issued an exemption. Submission to the Chairperson of written notification will be sufficient in cases where the time of departure is advanced or postponed no more than 48 hours and the previously submitted itinerary remains otherwise unchanged. If travel is to be advanced or postponed more than 48 hours before or after the date previously approved by the Committee, then a new exemption request must be submitted, and should be received by the Chairperson and circulated to Committee members.

VII. After the travel

The Committee shall receive, within five working days of the expiry of the exemption, written confirmation from the State in whose territory the listed individual resides or from the relevant UN office, with supporting documents, confirming the itinerary and date on which the listed individuals traveling under an exemption granted by the Committee returned to the country of residence.