Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania (November 10, 2023)

Location: Neighborhood of the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott

Event: In light of current world events, there have been a number of protests across the street from U.S. Embassy Nouakchott.  So far, these have been non-violent and have respected Mauritanian law.  It can be expected that these protests will continue at our location and other prominent public places.

Embassy appointments are still open, but U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid areas of demonstrations and to always exercise caution within the vicinity of demonstrations or if caught in a demonstration.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate to violence.  Do not attempt to drive or walk through a demonstration.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area of gathered protestors.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Monitor local media and social media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night, especially if alone.
  • Notify friends and family of your travel and safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially near banks and ATMs.
  • Using public Wi-Fi for data carries the risk of hackers lurking behind that free open signal.
  • Know the phone numbers and locations of medical and police resources.
  • Read the country informationpage about health, safety and travel in Mauritania.
  • Review the Country Security Reportfor Mauritania.

For assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Nouakchott

o    +222-4525-2660



  • State Department – Consular Affairs
  • 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
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