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Some countries prohibit the use of encryption without a licence, namely Belarus, Burma/Myanmar, China, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Ukraine.

If you are travelling to one of these countries our best advice is to take an unencrypted device containing no sensitive information - this may involve purchasing a device for this purpose.

If you need to take an encrypted device to a country which does not permit the import/use/export of an encrypted device, you are required to obtain permission from the relevant government agency. This website contains a list of requirements and contact information for each country -

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