Last updated: [03/02/21]
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IMPORTANT: There will be no more evacuation flights from Mauritania to the United States. U.S. citizens have many options to depart Mauritania via commercial airlines.
Please email consularNKC@state.gov if you have questions about returning to the United States.
- Mauritania has 17217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, of which 193 active, 16583 recovered and 441 deaths.
- The Mauritanian government has established a Coronavirus hotline which can be reached by dialing 1155.
- As of December 13, 2020, the Mauritanian Government imposed a curfew from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.
- Schools/universities are open as of January 11th, 2021.
- Large gatherings are no longer allowed.
- Masks are required in public areas and Government buildings.
- Most services are open including grocery stores and markets.
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. The requirement is that all travelers have a negative PCR or negative antigen test within five 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.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. Mauritanian medical staff 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. Furthermore, all passengers, regardless of nationality, over the age of 11 must have a negative COVID test prior to exiting Mauritania.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. All travelers, regardless of nationality, will be required to self-isolate for ten days after arrival in Mauritania. If a traveler tests positive for COVID at the port of entry, that traveler will be quarantined for ten days under Mauritanian government supervision. Please note that the U.S. embassy will not intervene with Mauritanian quarantine decisions. If a U.S. citizen arrives in Mauritania and must be quarantined, the U.S. embassy will respect that decision. We advise all U.S. citizens to comply with these isolation rules.
- Due to the constantly evolving situation, we cannot confirm the quarantine procedures upon entry into neighboring countries or upon entry into Mauritania.
- 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 72 hours? Yes
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes, 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.
- The Consular Section offers American Citizen Services by appointment only. If you need ACS services, please review the instructions at https://mr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/ or send an email to ConsularNKC@state.gov.
- The Consular Section has resumed limited tourist visa and student visa services. Please visit https://mr.usembassy.gov/visas/ for information on how to apply for a B1B2 tourist visa. If you need a student visa (F1) interview, please send your I-20 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Consular Office will contact you with proposed interview date and time.
- 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