Foreign travel advice



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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the province of Tiris Zemmour (except the town of Zouérat)
  • the province of Adrar (east of Atar)
  • the provinces of Tagant, Hodh el Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba and Guidimaka
  • within 25km of the Western Sahara border (except the Noukchott - Nouadhibou corridor)

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of the country, including the Nouakchott - Nouadhibou corridor.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. On 27 October, 2016, the U.S. Embassy warned that the U.S. government has received information that terrorists are planning to carry out attacks imminently against places where U.S. citizens congregate in Nouakchott. You should be especially vigilant in public places, avoid places visited by foreigners, and monitor local media. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. See Terrorism

Demonstrations have taken place in the capital Nouakchott. Some have involved clashes between police and demonstrators resulting in the use of tear gas. You should avoid all demonstrations. See Political situation

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.