COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [01/03/23]

The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Please email if you have questions about returning to the United States.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? NO, A NEGATIVE PCR TEST IS ONLY REQUIRED FOR ENTRY TO MAURITANIA IF YOU LACK PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION.  Fully vaccinated is two weeks after final administration of vaccination with AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinovac, or Covidshield, in addition to a negative PCR test within three days prior to arrival in Mauritania.Travelers should keep their test results with them throughout their travels because the test results can be requested by airline agents or immigration officials.  IMPORTANT: U.S. Embassy Nouakchott has received reports of fully vaccinated persons still being require to present a negative PCR test result by airlines prior to boarding for Mauritania bound flights.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. Mauritanian medical staff will be taking temperatures via thermal camera at all ports of entry. If a traveler has a fever, that traveler will immediately take either a PCR or antigenic test to determine if the person has a COVID infection.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No. Mauritania no longer requires quarantine for any traveler who arrives with a negative PCR test for COVID-19.
  • Due to the constantly evolving situation, we cannot confirm the quarantine procedures upon entry into neighboring countries or upon entry into Mauritania.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Mauritania? Yes, U.S. citizens who seek a COVID-19 test may seek one at the following two locations: 1. The old Cardiology Hospital (Transfusion Center), or 2. The public health office across from the morgue entrance to the National Hospital. Antibody tests are available at many labs including Maurilab and Clinique Abiba.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Mauritania approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Mauritania for U.S. citizens to receive? U.S. citizens (and other non-Mauritanians) over 18 years of age are eligible to receive vaccinations locally by queuing at vaccination centers in Nouakchott.  Due to infrastructure limitations, availability outside Nouakchott is limited.
  • Which vaccines are available in Mauritania?  The government of Mauritania has approved AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, and SinoPharm.
  • More information on local availability of COVID-19 vaccines can be found here .
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States. 
  •  The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • There are no known fines or punishments for not wearing a mask in a public area, but the U.S. embassy highly recommends wearing a mask as often as possible.

Local Resources:

Other Links: