Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Entry to Mauritania
International flights to and from Mauritania are operating.
The Mauritanian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the risk of travellers spreading COVID-19 on arrival in Mauritania.
- 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 may be required to self-isolate at your own expense in a hotel or your place of residence for 10 days. If the test is negative, you can leave self-isolation before the end of the 10-day period
- You must provide proof that you have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, of which the last dose was received at least 2 weeks before arrival, with the exception of the Johnson and Johnson vaccination for which proof is required for one dose received at least 4 weeks before arrival.
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers to Mauritania must take a PCR test within 72 hours 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.
- Non-Mauritanian nationals that arrive without proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test may not be allowed to enter the country and will be obliged to immediately return to their country of origin
Demonstrating your COVID-19 status
Mauritania will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel and at least 4 weeks for one dose of a Johnson and Johnson vaccination. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
Regular entry requirements
You need a visa to enter Mauritania. Visas are issued on arrival. The current cost is €55 (euros) or $60 (US dollars) in cash only. The visa issuing process at the border can take several hours. The Mauritanian Embassy in London does not issue visas.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Mauritania.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.