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Last verified: Saturday, 11. July 2020 at 07:20 AM

Mauritania Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Mauritania

Local Situation: 3.7 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Mauritania. We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.8 / 5

Mauritania shares a land border with 4 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Mauritania), the Advisory Index is 3.8 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Mali (4.7), Senegal (3.5), Algeria with 3.2 and Western Sahara with 0 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Mauritania

There are currently 5,126 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Mauritania. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 144 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Mauritania.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice 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 3.7 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

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

Advisory issued by: United States

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Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Mauritania due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: Areas designated as off limits by the Mauritanian military due to crime and terrorism. Country ...

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

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: 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: Australia

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All flights to and from Mauritania and land borders have been closed until further notice. Contact your airline or travel provider for the latest update. An 8pm to 6am curfew and travel restrictions between cities remain in place. All gatherings including sporting events and festivals are banned. In some places, it is obligatory to observe social distancing and ...

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/mauritania

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/

Individual rating changes for Mauritania

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Mauritania. Most recent events first.

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Mauritania changed from 3.6 to 3.7. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Mauritania to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 27th 2019

The total rating for Mauritania changed from 3.9 to 3.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government decreased their existing warning for Mauritania to 2.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -2.0).

Changes from December 19th 2019

The total rating for Mauritania changed from 3.7 to 3.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Mauritania to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 3rd 2019

The total rating for Mauritania changed from 3.9 to 3.7. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government decreased their existing warning for Mauritania to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Mauritania changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Mauritania with a rating of 4.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Mauritania with a rating of 4.0.

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The German government issued a new warning for Mauritania with a rating of 3.0.

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Mauritania with a rating of 5.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Mauritania with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Mauritania with a rating of 4.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Mauritania with a rating of 4.0.

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 3,7 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 7 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Mauritania.

Is it safe to travel Mauritania in 2020?

The score is rather high (3,7) 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 7 individual sources for Mauritania.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Mauritania?

There are currently 5,126 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Mauritania. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 144 officially reported deaths related to this disease in 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.