COVID-19 Information

Global Health Advisory:

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. Read More

Country-Specific Information:

  • Mauritania has five confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • All school and university are closed through April 5th.
  • 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.
  • On March 19, the Ministry of the Interior ordered all restaurants and cafes closed, and banned all public gatherings until further notice.
  • On March 21, the government imposed a curfew from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, shortening the previous curfew by two hours.
  • On March 22, the Mauritanian government announced that the new working hours for its government employees will be 8:00 am to 4:00 pm until further notice.
  • 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 March 29, the Mauritanian government closed all public markets with the exception of those selling food.

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 consularnkc@state.gov for more information.

Quarantine 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.

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