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Travel Alert 2011

Security Alert June 22, 2011

June 22, 2011

U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

Local Mauritanian media reports are warning that there is a potential for terrorist attacks in Mauritania coordinated by Al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).  These reports are unconfirmed and have not mentioned specific targets.  The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott has not changed its security posture as a result of these reports, but would like to remind U.S. citizens in Mauritania to continue to follow prudent personal security precautions.  The U.S. Embassy also reminds citizens of the current Travel Warning in place for Mauritania and recommends that they review the personal security recommendations highlighted in the U.S. Department of State’s March 11, 2011 Travel Warning for Mauritania.  

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Nouakchott web site (  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information ( 

If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).

If you are going to live in or travel to Mauritania, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP - If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott is located between the Presidency building and the Spanish Embassy on Rue Abdallaye.  The postal address is B.P. 222, Nouakchott, telephone (222) 4-525-2660/2663, 4-525-1141/45, or 4-525-3038 (ext. 5441), and fax (222) 4-525-1592.  For after-hours emergencies, please call (222) 4-525-3288.