Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of two planned protests today, possibly lasting throughout the day in Nouakchott. The protests are expected to take place around the Ministry of Justice and the Azalai Hotel, on Abdel Nasser Avenue. Police are present and are currently using tear gas to disperse the crowds. Avoid this area for the majority of the day.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Calls for Demonstrations in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of calls for two protests today around 1500 hours in Nouakchott. The protests are expected to take place at the Ibn Abbass Mosque and the Russian Embassy. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid these areas from 1430 hours to 1700 hours. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Risk of Terrorist Attack

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in Nouakchott.  This information comes against the backdrop of calls by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its adherents to carry out terrorist attacks globally in 2016.

Messages for U.S. Citizens 2016: Increase in Crime

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Mauritania that criminal activity in Nouakchott continues to rise.  In recent months, a number of homes and private individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been targeted by violent criminals.  In Nouakchott, armed robberies and burglaries are occurring at homes as well as on busy streets in broad daylight.  Some of these incidents have been

Demonstration March in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy has learned that a demonstration march will occur in Nouakchott on January 16 after afternoon prayers.  The march is scheduled to begin in the area around the Saudi Mosque in Central Nouakchott and conclude in the areas around the French Embassy.  It is unclear the number of participants or the intended route of the march, though it

Potential for Protests in Nouakchott

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, the periodical Charlie Hebdo has printed and released three million magazines on January 14.  Due to the content of this release, local media reports that protests of potentially large scale will occur in Nouakchott and other cities in Mauritania.  In Nouakchott, protests may occur in the areas around Ibn Abass

Demonstration March in Nouakchott

January 14, 2015 The U.S. Embassy has learned that a demonstration march will occur in Nouakchott on January 14 after afternoon prayers.  The march is scheduled to begin in the area around the Saudi Mosque in Central Nouakchott and conclude in the areas around the French Embassy.  It is unclear the number of participants or the intended route of the

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest in Nouakchott

U.S. Embassy Nouakchott alerts U.S. citizens to continued violent protests at Carrefour Madrid near Marché Capital. Protests may continue throughout the week and into the weekend.   Police presence has increased in the area as well as throughout Nouakchott. U.S. Embassy personnel and U.S. citizens in Nouakchott are advised to avoid these areas until the protests have ceased.  Remember, even demonstrations

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest in Nouakchott

November 11, 2014 U.S. Embassy Nouakchott has received reports of a possibly violent protest at Carrefour Madrid near Marché Capital that could continue into the night.  U.S. Embassy personnel and all U.S. citizens in Nouakchott are advised to avoid these areas for the time being.  Remember, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid

Regional Threat to Western Schools and Teachers

A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other Western schools and teachers in Muslim-majority countries, specifically mentioning Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Maadi, Egypt, as locations with high concentrations of potential targets.  While the Embassy is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any American school or individual in Mauritania, we are working with local

Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.  U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day

Change in Embassy Work Schedule

Starting October 5, 2014, U.S. Embassy Nouakchott will change its operating hours to be in line with the new working hours recently instituted by the Mauritanian Government.  Our new workweek will be Monday to Friday.  The Consular Section will be open to the public Monday to Thursday from 8:00 to 17:00, and Friday from 8:00 to 11:00.  Any U.S. citizen

Absentee Voting Week is September 29 – October 6

September 22, 2014 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local election officials

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