Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19: travel is different

To understand the risks in a country, including the latest COVID restrictions (including for entry), follow FCDO Travel Advice.

To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to red list countries.

Check what you need to do to travel abroad and return to England, or read travel guidance for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.


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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Mauritania based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

In addition and for security reasons the FCDO advises against all travel to:

  • Areas east of a line drawn between but excluding the towns of Kankossa in Guidimaka, Tichit in Tagant, Ghallaouia in Tiris Zemmour and then west to the border with Western Sahara (except for the town of Zouerat in Tiris Zemmour).
  • All areas within 25km of the Western Sahara border (except the section of the Nouakchott - Nouadhibou road that is within 25km of the Western Sahara border and the city of Nouadhibou)
  • The remainder of the Ras Nouadhibou peninsula

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the rest of the country, including the city of Nouadhibou and the Nouakchott – Nouadhibou road.

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Mauritania

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Mauritania’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Returning to the UK

Mauritania is on the amber list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you’re planning travel to Mauritania, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Mauritania, including kidnapping. You should be especially vigilant in public places and monitor local media. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

Consular support in Mauritania is severely limited as the British Embassy in Nouakchott cannot provide consular services in person. British nationals in Mauritania requiring consular assistance 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.