Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Mauritania on the TravelHealthPro website.
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
International flights to and from Mauritania are operating, though may be subject to delays or cancellations. You should check with your travel company for the latest information on flights to and from Mauritania. Land borders are open.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Mauritania.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. See information below in Getting a test in Mauritania.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you should immediately isolate in your accommodation for 10 days. You will need to make your own arrangements if you cannot stay in your accommodation for the full isolation period. There are no state-run quarantine facilities in Mauritania. You should take a test after the 10-day period; if this is negative, you may end your isolation.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Getting a COVID-19 test in Mauritania
A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required before arrival in Mauritania. This test must be taken within 72 hours before arrival (see Entry requirements). Should you need to take another test while in Mauritania, for example for onward travel, the Mauritanian Ministry of Health has approved the following institutions to carry out COVID-19 testing within Mauritania:
- Institut National de Recherche en Santé Publique (INRSP)
- Institut National d’hépato-Virologie (INHV)
Travel in Mauritania
The Government of Mauritania announced the lifting of restrictions on internal travel on 10 July 2020.
The Mauritanian authorities have implemented the following measures in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:
- you must wear a face covering on public transport and in shops
- social distancing of at least 1.5 metres in public
Hotels are open. You should adhere to any preventative measures put in place by hotels to limit the spread of the virus.
Public places and services
Restaurants and public spaces have reopened. You should adhere to any preventative measures in place in these locations.
Healthcare in Mauritania
Medical facilities are extremely limited, particularly outside Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. Clinics in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou charge for medical care (sometimes in euros or US dollars), and may not accept foreign insurance cards. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
View Health for further details on healthcare in Mauritania.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Mauritania
We will update this page when the Government of Mauritania announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Mauritanian national vaccination programme started in April 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines. The Government of Mauritania has stated that British nationals who hold a valid residence permit for Mauritania are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. You should contact your local healthcare provider for more information.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Mauritania, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, you should phone the British Embassy in Dakar on +221 33 823 73 92. If you cannot reach us on this number, call +44 1908 516666 (if abroad) or 020 7 008 5000 (if in the UK). Consular officers are available 24/7 to assist with your enquiries.