Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

Location:  Mauritania

Event: The Mauritanian Ministry of Health has confirmed three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mauritania.

The government of Mauritania has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools and universities are closed until 06 April 2020. Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings have been banned.

A curfew is in place for Mauritania from 6 PM to 6 AM every day.

The U.S. embassy has changed its operating hours to comply with the new curfew. Our new hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1600 and Friday from 0800-1200.

The government of Mauritania has closed all land borders. The only exception is for commercial merchandise. Private U.S. citizens should not try to cross any land border at this time.

If you are a U.S. citizen and would like to be notified of commercial flights leaving from Mauritania, please send an email to for more information.

Effective 17 March 2020, U.S. Embassy Mauritania has suspended routine visa services.  The Consular Section is still open American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.

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