Travel Advice for Mauritania
Mauritania
Capital: Nouakchott

Time Zone GMT
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 222
IDD: Direct Dialling is available in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou
Outgoing Code: International calls go through the operator
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present.
Tourist
Information
Société Mauritanienne de Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie (SMTH); BP 552; Nouakchott; Mauritania Tel: 251 353 Fax: 253 351.
Passport
Information
Required by all except nationals of Burkina Faso, Cameroon Central, African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea Republic, Italy, Madagasca,r Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Sierra Leone who may enter on a national identity card or passport which has expired for no longer than 5 years. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except nationals of France and Italy (all other EU member states do need a visa) Members of the league of Arab States (except nationals of Morocco who do need a visa) Burkina, Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Tunisia.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Risk exists throughout the year in the falciparum variety.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required for all travellers above one year of age, except travellers arriving from non-infected areas and staying less than two weeks in the country.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Mauritanian Ougiya (U) = 5 Khoums
NOTE: Import and export of local currency is prohibited.
Credit cards and travellers cheques (in French francs) have limited acceptance.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Very inexpensive.
Languages Arabic and French. English is rarely spoken
Weather Most of the country is dry and hot with little rain. South - Raining season is July to Sept. The deserts are cool and windy in March and April.
Electricity 127/220 Volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs = round 2 pin usually used.
Post 2 weeks to Europe. Postal facilities limited to main cities.
Transport RAIL: 1 line operates between Nouadhibou and Nouakchott which serves passengers for free, however this is not recommended as journeys are often long and arduous.
ROADS: Adequate but require 4 wheel drives. Sand storms may obscure vision in the dry season and may be impassable in the wet season.
Special
Information
Respect should be paid to the Islamic traditions.