Prohibited Countries List



MetaBank is fully committed to complying with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, fighting money laundering and terrorist financing. As a result we continue to review regulations provided to us by OFAC on sanctioned countries and guidance provided to us by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on high risk jurisdictions.

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

OFAC is an office of the U.S. Treasury that administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals against entities such as foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. All U.S. persons, including U.S. banks, bank holding companies, and nonbank subsidiaries, must comply with OFAC’s regulations. The regulations often require restrictions on activity with or on behalf of specific countries or individuals.

Per the most current Prohibited Country listing, any attempted transactions (ATM or POS) with your Card will be denied if attempted in any of the countries listed below.

Meta’s prohibited countries include:

  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia (Former Regime of Charles Taylor)
  • Libya
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • North Korea
  • Serbia
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

FATF works to identify and respond to high-risk and non-cooperative regions. This helps them and us to protect the integrity of the international financial system and promotes international co-operation with preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism. If the FATF recognizes that a country has deficiencies within their anti-money laundering (AML) systems, the FATF may encourage the country to improve its systems and work towards correcting the deficiencies. While FATF is a global leader for anti-money laundering, participation in their programs is voluntary.

Meta evaluates the FATF’s recommendations and may require blocks against high risk countries.

Per the most current FATF listing, any attempted transactions (ATM or POS) with your Card will be denied if attempted in any of the countries listed below.

Meta’s prohibited countries include:

  • Ecuador
  • Ethiopia
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Pakistan
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Viet Nam