COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [09/22/20]

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IMPORTANTThe are no more evacuation flights scheduled at this time.

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

Country-Specific Information:

  • Mauritania has 7464 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, of which 233 active, 7070 recovered and 161 death.
  • The Mauritanian government has established a Coronavirus hotline which can be reached by dialing 1155.
  • Despite the COVID-19 situation, most services are open. Grocery stores and schools/universities are open. Large gatherings and religious services are permitted. Masks are usually required in public areas, but this rule is seldom enforced.

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? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) and would like to be notified of commercial flights leaving from Mauritania, please send an email to for more information.

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
  • 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:

  • U.S. citizens who seek a COVID-19 test may seek on at the following two locations:1.  The old Cardiology Hospital (Transfusion Center).

    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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Limited commercial flights are available
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes, masks are required in public areas, but this rule is seldom enforced.

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.

Consular Operations:

  • The Consular Section offers American Citizen Services by appointment only. If you need services, please send an email to
  • The Consular Section has suspended routine tourist visa services, but is offering some student visa appointment. If you need services, please send an email to

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