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Last verified: Thursday, 19. September 2019 at 07:22 AM

Mauritania Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Mauritania

Local Situation: 3.9 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Mauritania. We detected travel advisories from 8 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.9 / 5

Mauritania shares a land border with 4 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Mauritania), the Advisory Index is 2.9 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Mali (4.5), Algeria (2.8), Senegal with 2.2 and Western Sahara with 1 (of 5).

Risk scoring history for Mauritania

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Mauritania.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Mauritania from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.9 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Mauretanien: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/mauretaniensicherheit/219190

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mauritania

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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We’ve reviewed our travel advice for Mauritania. We haven’t changed the level – 'reconsider your need to travel' to Mauritania. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

Source: http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/west/Pages/mauritania.aspx

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Mauritania.

Issued by: Australian government

Coverage: Provinces of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant , Hidh ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba and Guidimaka

Info: This regional advisory from the Australian government covers: Provinces of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant , Hidh ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba and Guidimaka.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Mauritania.

Issued by: Australian government

Coverage: Within 25 kilometres of Mauritania's northern border with Western Sahara, except to the city of Nouadhibou

Info: This regional advisory from the Australian government covers: Within 25 kilometres of Mauritania's northern border with Western Sahara, except to the city of Nouadhibou.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Reconsider Travel to Mauritania due to crime and terrorism. Violent crimes, such as mugging, armed robbery, and assault, are common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting places frequented by Westerners. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/mauritania-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Avoid non-essential travel elsewhere in Mauritania, including the Nouakchott to Nouadhibou corridor, due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and the unpredictable security situation.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/mauritania

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Mauritania.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel to the eastern and northern regions of Mauritania, or to Mauritania’s border areas with Algeria, Mali and Western Sahara due to the risk of military activities, the actions of extremist groups, and the risk of armed banditry and kidnapping. Anyone entering the border area could be considered a legitimate military target. Land mines are also present along the border with Western Sahara. Do not travel to the provinces of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant, Hodh ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba, and Guidimaka.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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Maltese nationals are advised to avoid all travel to northern and eastern Mauritania,  due to the risk of banditry and kidnapping. Attacks and thefts of personal belongings and vehicles have occurred. In particular, travellers should avoid all travel to: 

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Mauretanien.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/mauretanien/

About Mauritania

Mauritania with its capital Nouakchott is a country in Africa (Western Africa), slightly larger than three times the size of New Mexico (1,030,700 km²). The country is located Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Senegal and Western Sahara. The climate can be described as desert; constantly hot, dry, dusty. The landscape is mostly barren, flat plains of the Sahara; some central hills. With a population of about 3.36 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Nouakchott
Population about 3.36 million
Size 1.030.700 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than three times the size of New Mexico
Common languages Arabic, French, Shona, Wolof
Currency Ouguiya (short: MRO)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +222
Internet Top Level Domain .mr
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 MR
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 MRT
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 478

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Mauritania is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • and soil erosion aggravated by drought are contributing to desertification
  • deforestation
  • limited natural freshwater resources away from the Senegal
  • locust infestation
  • overgrazing
  • which is the only perennial river

Natural hazzards

  • hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind primarily in March and April
  • periodic droughts

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Mauritania. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. copper
  2. fish processing
  3. gold
  4. iron ore
  5. mining
  6. oil production

Agriculture products

  1. camel
  2. cattle
  3. corn
  4. dates
  5. millet
  6. rice
  7. sheep
  8. sorghum

Mauritanian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Mauritania.

Export products

  1. copper
  2. crude oil
  3. fish
  4. fish products
  5. gold
  6. iron ore
  7. livestock

Import products

  1. capital goods
  2. consumer goods
  3. equipment
  4. foodstuffs
  5. machinery
  6. petroleum products

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Mauritania?

Mauritania is currently rated at 3,9 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 8 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Mauritania.

Is it safe to travel Mauritania in 2019?

The score is rather high (3,9) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Mauritania. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Mauritania?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 8 individual sources for Mauritania.

What is the size of Mauritania?

Mauritania has a size of 1,030,700 km² or 397,955 mi² which is slightly larger than three times the size of New Mexico.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.