Information for Travelers
Before traveling to Mauritania or any other country, the U.S. Department of State encourages all Americans to check its web site on Tips for Traveling Abroad and enroll in the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
For more specific information on Mauritania, visit the Department’s Country Specific Information on Mauritania. This document includes the location of the U.S. embassy, immigration procedures, health conditions, crime and security information, road safety, currency and entry regulations, and drug penalties.
Prior to traveling, U.S. Citizens are encouraged to read the Department’s current Travel Warnings. Travel Alerts are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid a certain country. The State Department issues Travel Alerts to disseminate information quickly about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term conditions that pose significant risks or disruptions to U.S. citizens.
The U.S. Embassy Nouakchott has instituted a Warden System. Wardens are volunteers who have agreed to disseminate information and provide assistance to other U.S. citizens living in their area in the case of an emergency. If you would like to know the name and contact information for the Warden covering your area of Mauritania please contact the U.S. Embassy, Mauritania at 4 525 2660. For the Warden system to work best, Americans living or traveling through Mauritania should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Crime Victims' Assistance
The Consular Section provides assistance to victims of crime. Please contact us if you are a victim of crime in Mauritania. We can help you seek medical care, file a police report, facilitate obtaining emergency funds from home and obtain a new passport, if yours is stolen.