Safety and security
Demonstrations are generally peaceful, but some have involved clashes with police and the use of tear gas. You should avoid political gatherings and demonstrations and take local advice about places to avoid. Always observe instructions given by the local security forces.
Crime levels are moderate but steadily increasing. You should avoid the unlit and isolated beach at Nouakchott and ‘Le Cinquième’ district after dark. A number of thefts and violent incidents have been reported there in recent years.
Crossing the border into Mauritania can be time-consuming and officials may ask for payments before they allow you to cross. There have been reports that some southern border crossings were closed at the height of the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea and neighbouring countries. You should check local advice before travelling.
The conditions of paved roads in Mauritania are generally poor, and overland travel is difficult. Use four wheel drive vehicles, check the tide times on coastal roads, travel in convoy and make sure you have adequate supplies of water and fuel. Driving standards can also be poor.
Sailing in the port at Nouadhibou can be dangerous because of the number of shallow shipwrecks.
If you need consular assistance, you can contact the British Embassy in Rabat, Morocco or any EU accredited diplomatic representation (i.e. Embassy) in Nouakchott. Details for the French, German and Spanish Embassies are as follows:
Embassy of France in Mauritania Telephone: +222 529 96 99
German Embassy in Mauritania Telephone: +222 525 17 29 / +222 525 10 32
Spanish Embassy in Mauritania Telephone: +222 529 86 50 / +222 525 20 80 / +222 525 25 79