MAURITANIA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Mauritania is a land about desert and ocean. It is, of course, no wonder that the main attractions for most tourists are the desert in Adrar and the Tagant areas (around Atar), and the ocean in Banc d'Arguin (a natural reserve with dunes ending in the sea, full of millions of birds and protected by UNESCO). The Adrar is exactly how you've always imagined the Sahara to be - endless ergs (dunes) and regs (rocky desert) with tabular small mountains. Most tourists stay along the west coast of the country, although there are a few beautiful sights far into the interior (rock formations in Aioun, for example). If you decide to travel off the beaten path, leave plenty of time to get around.

 

Sadly travel to Mauritania is ill-advised due to persistent crime and terrorist activity. Ensure to follow the latest travel advisory from your embassy.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Mauritania has resumed some international flights to and from the country.All travelers must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.Temperature checks are carried out on arrival. Passengers showing a high temperature or other symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to take another test, and subject to 14 days of quarantine in a state facility, at their own expense.

 

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  • Capital: Nouakchott
  • Currency: New Ouguiya (MRU)
  • Area: 1,030,700 km²
  • Population: 4,403 million (2018)
  • Language: Arabic (official), French, Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof
  • Religion: Muslim 100%
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 May, Labor Day
  • 25 May, Africa Day
  • 28 November, Independence Day

Also, Muharram, Maulid an-Nabi, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

 

WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Mauritania has a dry, hot and windy climate, and is severely exposed to the effects of desertification. The majority of Mauritania receives very little rainfall throughout the year. The country’s southern edge, which reaches the Sahel, has a wet season controlled by the movement of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) which oscillates between the northern and southern tropics over the course of a year. The country’s mean monthly temperature stay above 25°C year round with the hot season occurring from May to October, with peak mean monthly temperatures reaching 33°C in June and July.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

Mauritania

Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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