Mauritania – Health Alert

Location:  Mauritania

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

The Government of Mauritania will implement a restriction on internal travel for private citizens starting tomorrow at 1200 (noon). The embassy recommends that any American citizen who is considering leaving Mauritania travel to Nouakchott before the restrictions go into effect. It will be very difficult to reach Nouakchott, even for American citizens, after these restrictions on movement are imposed.

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.

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.

If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder) 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 If you need services, please email us 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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