Restricted countries

The front end processor will prevent authorizations from being approved on any card number or BIN (Bank Identification Number, the first six digits of a card number) that is prohibited by OFAC regulations and other financial sanctions. In the rare instance that an authorization attempt is obtained, the acquiring bank that handles funding will prevent funds from actually clearing and settling properly.

Restricted countries:

  • Belarus
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ukraine
  • Liberia (Former Regime of Charles Taylor)
  • Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions
  • North Korea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Western Balkans
  • Zimbabwe

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 acts under Presidential national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze assets under US jurisdiction. Many of the sanctions are based on United Nations and other international mandates, are multilateral in scope, and involve close cooperation with allied governments.