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Mauritania travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
Airlines Updates

17.09.2020 Mauritania Airlines last week resumed scheduled operation, initially operating 3 routes to 7 destinations. Planned operation for the month of September 2020 as follows.

Nouakchott – Bamako – Cotonou – Pointe Noire – Brazzaville eff 11SEP20 2 weekly
Nouakchott – Dakar – Bamako – Cotonou – Libreville eff 17SEP20 2 weekly
Nouakchott – Dakar – Conakry eff 11SEP20 2 weekly

Published on 07.09.2020
Mauritania Airlines to resume scheduled international services from 11-Sep-2020

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Mauritania
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers must hold a negative Covid-19 test certificate obtained within 5 days prior to arrival in Mauritania.
  • The requirement for testing does not apply to crew members, however they must complete a Crew Member Health Card.
  • Nationals of Mauritania are advised to hold a negative Covid-19 test certificate obtained within 5 days prior to arrival in Mauritania. If they are unable to obtain the test certificate in their country of departure, they are required to undergo testing on arrival.
  • Passengers must complete a Passenger Tracking Form prior to arrival in Mauritania.
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Flight Restrictions

published 24.08.2020

Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter.

Airports in Mauritania are closed until 31 August 2020.
– This does not apply to repatriation flights.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to symptoms.

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.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

You must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, dated within 72 hours before your arrival.
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).

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2013)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Recommended for all travellers aged 9 months or over going to areas south of the Sahara Desert.
Not recommended for travellers whose itineraries are limited to areas within the Sahara Desert.

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country except in
northern areas (Dakhlet-Nouadhibou and Tiris-Zemour). In Adrar and Inchiri there is malaria risk during the
rainy season (from July through October).
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Mauritania International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Mauritania: As of 10 September, some international flights to and from Mauritania have resumed. On 13 December, the Mauritanian authorities changed the measures in place to limit the risk of travellers spreading COVID-19 on arrival in Mauritania. You must take a PCR test less than 5 days before arrival and show evidence of the negative test result, with the date of the test clearly labelled. You should take a private test. You must wear a face-mask on arrival.
    You must complete an individual health declaration on arrival. You will undergo a contactless temperature check on arrival.
    If you have a temperature upon arrival, you must agree to a PCR or rapid antigen test. While waiting for the test result you must self-isolate at your place of residence, a government-approved hotel or quarantine centre.
    *Screening on arrival: You must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, which must be taken within 72 hours before your 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Mauritania: The Government of Mauritania announced the lifting of restrictions on internal travel on 10 July. Land border crossings to Morocco remain closed to non-commercial traffic. Land borders with Senegal and Mali have reopened.
    On 23 December, the Mauritanian authorities revised the health measures in place in response to rising cases:
    You must wear a face covering on public transport and in shops.
    Social distancing of at least 1.5 metres in public.
    Nationwide curfew across the country from 8pm to 6am.
    All government offices will work from 8am to 4pm instead of 9am to 5pm.
    All Friday prayers in mosques are temporarily suspended.
    *Accommodation: Hotels have reopened. 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.
    *Getting a test in Mauritania: A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required before arrival in Mauritania. 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).

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    24.12.2020
  • Mauritania International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Mauritania: As of 10 September, some international flights to and from Mauritania have resumed. On 13 December, the Mauritanian authorities changed the measures in place to limit the risk of travellers spreading COVID-19 on arrival in Mauritania. You must take a PCR test less than 5 days before arrival and show evidence of the negative test result, with the date of the test clearly labelled. You should not use the NHS testing service to facilitate your travel to another country. You should take a private test. You must wear a face-mask on arrival.
    You must complete an individual health declaration on arrival. You will undergo a contactless temperature check on arrival.
    If you have a temperature upon arrival, you must agree to a PCR or rapid antigen test. While waiting for the test result you must self-isolate at your place of residence, a government-approved hotel or quarantine centre.
    *Screening on arrival: You must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, which must be taken within 72 hours before your 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Mauritania: The Government of Mauritania announced the lifting of restrictions on internal travel on 10 July. Land border crossings to Morocco remain closed to non-commercial traffic. Land borders with Senegal and Mali have reopened. On 13 December, the Mauritanian authorities revised the health measures in place in response to rising cases: You must wear a face covering on public transport and in shops. Social distancing of at least 1.5 metres in public. Nationwide curfew across the country from 6pm to 6am. All government offices will work from 8am to 4pm instead of 9am to 5pm. All Friday prayers in mosques are temporarily suspended.
    *Accommodation: Hotels have reopened. 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.
    *Getting a test in Mauritania: A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required before arrival in Mauritania. 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).

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    17.12.2020
  • Mauritania International Restrictions:
    The Government of Mauritania has announced the re-opening of the Mauritanian airspace, as of 10th September 2020, for commercial flights to Nouakchott, with, for the moment, international flights operated by several airlines to international destinations, such as: Guinea, Togo, Congo, Gabon, Mali, Senegal, Paris , Istanbul and Tunis. Land border crossings to Morocco remain closed to non-commercial traffic. Land borders with Senegal and Mali have reopened. Entry to Mauritania is prohibited except for Mauritanian nationals, diplomats accredited to diplomatic missions or international organisations in Mauritania, and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Mauritania. You must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, dated within 72 hours before your arrival.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The Government of Mauritania announced the lifting of restrictions on internal travel on 10 July. You must wear a face covering on public transport and in shops. Hotels have reopened. You should adhere to any preventative measures put in place by hotels to limit the spread of the virus. Restaurants and public spaces have reopened. You should adhere to any preventative measures in place in these locations.

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    17.09.2020
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    International restrictions:

    The Government of Mauritania has announced the re-opening of the Mauritanian airspace, as of 11th September 2020, for commercial flights to Nouakchott, with, for the moment, international flights operated by several airlines to international destinations, such as: Guinea, Togo, Congo, Gabon, Mali, Senegal, Paris , Istanbul and Tunis. All land border crossings are closed. Entry to Mauritania is prohibited except for Mauritanian nationals, diplomats accredited to diplomatic missions or international organisations in Mauritania, and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Mauritania. You must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, dated within 72 hours before your arrival.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Government of Mauritania announced the lifting of restrictions on internal travel on 10 July. Land borders to neighbouring countries remain closed. You must wear a face covering on public transport and in shops. Hotels have reopened. You should adhere to any preventative measures put in place by hotels to limit the spread of the virus. Restaurants and public spaces have reopened. You should adhere to any preventative measures in place in these locations.

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    14.09.2020
  • Mauritania *****

    International restrictions:

    Flights between Mauritania and all other countries were suspended. All land border crossings are now closed.Entry to Mauritania is prohibited except for Mauritanian nationals, diplomats accredited to diplomatic missions or international organisations in Mauritania, and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Mauritania. You must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, dated within 72 hours before your arrival.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Government of Mauritania announced the lifting of restrictions on internal travel on 10 July. Land borders to neighbouring countries remain closed. You must wear a face covering on public transport and in shops. Hotels have reopened. You should adhere to any preventative measures put in place by hotels to limit the spread of the virus. Restaurants and public spaces have reopened. You should adhere to any preventative measures in place in these locations.

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    28.07.2020
  • Mauritania All airports in Mauritania are closed.

    International restrictions:

    The lockdown measures will remain in place until further notice. International flights remain banned for the duration of the lockdown unless explicitly stated otherwise. People in direct contact with someone who tested positive will be quarantined. A number of border crossing have been closed with screening measures deployed to the crossings that remain open at: Bir 75 (Wilaya Tiris Zemour), Boghé (Wilaya Brakna), Rosso (Wilaya Trarza), Douinkara (Fassala, Wilaya Hodh Echarghi), Gougui Zemal (Wilaya Hodh El Gharbi), Gouraye (Wilaya Of Guidimagha), Kaedi (Wilaya Gorgol) and PK 55 (Wilaya D. Nouadhibou). The land border with Mali is closed, except for freight trucks.

    Internal restrictions:

    A curfew is in place from 18.00 to 06.00 . All internal movements between the different wilayas of the country are prohibited. Exceptions will be made for health care teams and freight trucks. Until further notice. Relaxation in restrictions The isolation of the city of Kaedi has been lifted by the government. However, on 19 May, national authorities decided to isolate the two cities of Kiffa and Nouakchott due to an increase of confirmed cases. On 6 May, restaurants (only for home delivery) and markets in the regional capitals were allowed to reopen. As of 8 May, collective prayers have reconvened.

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    27.05.2020
  • Mauritania

    International restrictions:

    International flights remain banned for the duration of the lockdown unless explicitly stated- including UNHAS, for which all operations are suspended.
    The lockdown period has been extended for a further period of two weeks with effect from 4 May up to 17 May.
    People in direct contact with someone who tested positive will be quarantined.

    A number of border crossing have been closed with screening measures deployed to the crossings that remain open at: Bir 75 (Wilaya Tiris Zemour), Boghé (Wilaya Brakna), Rosso (Wilaya Trarza), Douinkara (Fassala, Wilaya Hodh Echarghi), Gougui Zemal (Wilaya Hodh El Gharbi), Gouraye (Wilaya Of Guidimagha), Kaedi (Wilaya Gorgol) and PK 55 (Wilaya D. Nouadhibou).
    The land border with Mali has been closed since 24 March, except for freight trucks.

    Internal restrictions:

    All non-essential industries and businesses are closed. All large public gatherings have been banned. A curfew is in place from 18.00 to 06.00 (local time) – which has been modified from 23.00 to 06.00 for Ramadan until approximately 24 May. All internal movements between the different wilayas of the country are prohibited until further notice. Exceptions will be made for health care teams and freight trucks. Schools, universities, markets, bars and restaurants are closed until further notice.

    Relaxation in restrictions: The isolation of the city of Kaedi has been lifted by the government. On 6 May, restaurants (only for home delivery) and markets in the regional capitals were allowed to reopen.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Ministry of Health/
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