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Are there any countries to which the United States will not send Social Security payments?

U.S. Department of the Treasury regulations prohibit sending payments to you if you are in Cuba or North Korea. If you are a U.S. citizen in either of those countries, you can receive your withheld payments once you leave that country; if you're not a citizen, those payments are forfeited. Social Security restrictions also prohibit sending payments to people in Cambodia, Vietnam or areas of the former Soviet Union other than Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Generally, you cannot receive payments while you are in one of these countries, and the Social Security Administration cannot send your payments to anyone for you. However, exceptions can be made for certain eligible beneficiaries in countries with restrictions in place.

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