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Last verified: Wednesday, 8. July 2020 at 07:23 AM

Western Sahara Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Western Sahara is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 0.0 / 5

Travelling Western Sahara is (relatively) safe. We didn't detected any travel advisories from any source at this moment.

Regional Situation: 2.5 / 5

Western Sahara shares a land border with 3 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Western Sahara), the Advisory Index is 2.5 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Mauritania (3.7), Algeria with 3.2 and Morocco with 3.1 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Western Sahara

There are currently 519 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Western Sahara. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 1 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Western Sahara.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Western Sahara

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

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.

About Western Sahara

Western Sahara with its capital El Aaiún is a country in Africa (Northern Africa), about the size of Colorado (266,000 km²). The country is located Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Mauritania and Morocco. The climate can be described as hot, dry desert; rain is rare; cold offshore air currents produce fog and heavy dew. The landscape is mostly low, flat desert with large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rising to small mountains in south and northeast. With a population of about 0.27 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital El Aaiún
Population less than one million
Size 266.000 km²
Size comparable to about the size of Colorado
Common languages Arabic
Currency Dirham (short: MAD)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +212
Internet Top Level Domain .eh
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 EH
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 ESH
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 732

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Western Sahara 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

  • sparse water and lack of arable land

Natural hazzards

  • hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring
  • widespread harmattan haze exists 60% of time, often severely restricting visibility

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

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

Industries

  1. handicrafts
  2. phosphate mining

Agriculture products

  1. camels
  2. fish
  3. fruits
  4. goats
  5. sheep
  6. vegetables

Sahrawi Imports and Exports

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

Export products

  1. phosphates

Import products

  1. foodstuffs
  2. fuel for fishing fleet

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Western Sahara?

Western Sahara is currently rated at 0,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 0 official sources. Travelling Western Sahara is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Western Sahara in 2020?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Western Sahara.

How many travel advisories do you know for Western Sahara?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 0 individual sources for Western Sahara.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Western Sahara?

There are currently 519 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Western Sahara. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 1 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Western Sahara.

What is the size of Western Sahara?

Western Sahara has a size of 266,000 km² or 102,703 mi² which is about the size of Colorado.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

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