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- Mauritania has 5355 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, of which 2845 active, 2363 recovered and 147 death.
- The Mauritanian government has established a Coronavirus hotline which can be reached by dialing 1155.
- All schools and universities are closed until September 1, 2020.
- On March 15, the government suspended all international and local flights.
- On March 18, President Ghazouani addressed the nation in a televised speech and said that the situation is under control and that in coming days, the government will take further measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
- The Mauritanian Ministry of Islamic Affairs issued a fatwa asking Mauritanians to pray “Maghrib” 7:30 pm and “Isha” 20:40 pm at home, in order to comply with the curfew. Meanwhile, the National Federation of Imams issued a fatwa authorizing Mauritanians to be absent from Friday prayers.
- On March 27, the Mauritanian government announced that the number of government workers, with the exception of the military, security, health and production workers, should be limited at their places of work until further notice. This move is not expected to impact the salary or benefits of the government workers in question.
- On March 28, the Mauritanian government announced that as of Sunday, March 29 at 12:00 noon, all road traffic and movement of persons between the wilayas (regions) is prohibited, except for health workers, service delivery missions (e.g., water, electricity, telecommunications) and the transportation of goods.
- On April 23, the Mauritanian government announced that the new working hours for its government employees during the month of Ramadan will be 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- On May 6, the Mauritanian Government decided to open markets and restaurants with some conditions including social distancing, putting face masks and other protective measures.
- On May 21 and for Eid al-Fitr reasons, the Government decided that during the days of the Eid, the curfew will be from 4:00 pm to 6:00 am
- Starting from the third day of Eid Al-Fitr, the curfew will start from 8:00: p.m until 6:00 a.m for the next three weeks, then the situation will be evaluated again.
- On June 15, the Mauritanian Government decides to extend curfew time, 8:00: p.m until 6:00 a.m, for additional two weeks. They also have made it mandatory to wear face masks in public places.
- On June 24th, the Mauritanian Government decides to reopen restaurants, hotels and touristic sites with conditions including social distancing and wearing face masks.
- On July 8, the Mauritanian Government decides to lift the curfew, open the traffic between cities and open airports for domestic traffic.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On March 22, according to press sources, the Mauritanian government closed all land and sea borders, and air space.
- According to press sources, commercial merchandise and other goods are still allowed to cross the Mauritanian borders.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- According to press sources, the last travelers entering Mauritania have been quarantined in dedicated local hotels.
- Due to the constantly evolving situation, we cannot confirm the quarantine procedures upon entry into neighboring countries or upon entry into Mauritania.
- Mauritanian Ministry of Health: http://www.sante.gov.mr/
- World Health Organization’s Mauritania Office: https://www.who.int/countries/mrt/fr/
- Mauritania’s official news agency: http://www.ami.mr/
- Mauritanian public radio: https://www.radiomauritanie.mr/
- View U.S. Embassy Mauritania’s Most Recent Alerts https://mr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Mauritania.html