Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

Location: Mauritania, countrywide

Event: Mauritanian parliamentary, regional, and local elections are set for September 1, 2018, and polls are scheduled to be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Election day is an exciting day and we encourage U.S. citizens to be mindful of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations as Mauritanian citizens and residents exercise their democracy.  Be mindful that large crowds are expected throughout many areas of Nouakchott on election day, which may impact your planned activities.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.