Mauritania – Health Alert

Location:  Mauritania

Event:  As of 27 May 2020, the Mauritanian Ministry of Health has confirmed 262 cases of COVID-19 in Mauritania.

IMPORTANT: The are no evacuation flights from Mauritania scheduled at this time, but Air France will conduct one-way flights to Paris for each of the next three Thursdays. From Paris, there will be connecting flights to various airports in the United States.

Travelers must purchase tickets directly from the Air France/Prestair office, which is located across the street of the south side of the Moroccan embassy. U.S. citizens must pay for their own air tickets. Travers must observe the following:

  • Travelers to the United States must complete this form and bring it with them to be allowed to transit to the United States..
  • You may experience a very long layer in Paris, maybe in excess of 24 hours, so you should bring lots of snacks. There is one small café open at the airport, but it may not always be open.
  • Travelers who are going to the United States may not depart the airport.
  • Please be familiar with Embassy Paris’ COVID-19 website  for additional information.

Please send an email to if you have questions about returning to the United States.

The Government of Mauritania has instituted a curfew from 20:00 to 6:00 AM every day.  The embassy encourages all U.S. citizens to abide by the curfew.

The restriction on internal travel between cities has not been lifted at this time.

The U.S. embassy’s operating hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1700 and Friday from 0800 -1200. These hours will remain in effect until June 16.

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.

The government of Mauritania has closed all schools and universities until further notice. The U.S. embassy will send updates on this topic as soon as the Mauritanian government announces any changes. Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings have been banned.

U.S. Embassy Mauritania has suspended routine visa services.  The Consular Section is still open for American Citizens Services. Please visit our website at if you need consular services. You may email to make an appointment. You may also contact the embassy’s duty officer at 3662-8163.

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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