U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) regulations prevented the payment of Social
Security benefits to, or on behalf of, beneficiaries in Cambodia from May 1975 through
November 2001. When Treasury lifted the restrictions in December 2001, the Social
Security Administration (SSA) could not pay unrestricted benefits because we did not
have assurances of free access to claimants and beneficiaries or vital statistics
records in Cambodia. For instructions on Special Payment Procedures for Certain SSA-Restricted
Countries see RS 02650.040A.
SSA requires assurances of free access in a country to make entitlement and continuing
eligibility determinations. In August 2012, we received the necessary assurances of
free access in Cambodia from the Cambodian government and began removing the restrictions.