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Visiting Mauritania.

Mauritania is much considered the best location to access the huge aloofness of the Sahara Desert. As of 2016, it ‘s not safe to guess into the South East .

Entering Mauritania with a car or minibike.

Correct as of: July 2016

Travel Visa for Mauritania.

Visas can be bought at the boundary line no problems for €55.00 EUR for one calendar month single entrance. Pay in Euros. african recommendation holders pay 40EUR for one month visa .

Required paperwork.

Mauritania recognizes the Carnet de Passage but normally do not use it. rather they will write a laissez passé ( impermanent import allow ) for you.
So you will need :

  • Original Vehicle registration
  • Passport, in the same name.

process at surround.

The main mauritanian border is a bit confusing. You arrive at the military check post after a few atrocious kilometer no mans land from Morocco. The military guys will check your car after which you are allowed to continue on wards. About 100m fore there is a build up on the right where you have to get your car papers arranged. Its hard to find the right position and person but the function to have is reason floor in the back. After getting your impermanent import permit you continue again 100 meter to get to the little immigration office at the left to get yourself stamped into Mauritania.
Once you are stamped in, proceed past the chain blocking the road, and immediately parking lot and buy indemnity on the exit. many people suggest using one of the many fixers at this margin. If you do, discuss the price in advance and no more then €5.00 EUR to €10.00 EUR. I crossed the edge in mid 2016 without a fixer and found it not needed. Take your prison term, it ‘s not hard .

cost of introduction.

€10.00 EUR for the temp import license. You can pay in Euro, US Dollar and Mauritanian Ougya

Permitted length of stay.

Papers are valid for 30 days, normally, sometimes lone 10 days, depending on how hard you negotiate .

propagation of quell.


Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the area.

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle.

If you cross into Senegal never take the Rosso border, always go to Diama if possible ( the piste to Maka Diama may be blocked a soon as the rain temper starts ). Exiting is painless, except for the fact that every agency demands 5 or 10 Euro for their shape. So patrol, customs and immigration all want their contribution. other then that its square, getting you cable car signed out and your pass stamped. Smile, be friendly and do n’t pay – it ‘s all free, apart from 500, – ouguiya for the “ tax de commune ”. for that you will get a payment reciept. Be mindful that 20km before the border there ‘s a national park ridicule who wants money and just before entering Senegal you have to cross a belittled bridge. The bridge keeper wants his money as well but will try to overcharge you .

Driving in Mauritania.

Recommended books for Overlanding in Mauritania.

Travel insurance for Mauritania.

World Nomads offer the most compromising travel indemnity at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim on-line, even after you ‘ve left home .

Vehicle policy requirements.

insurance is mandate but I have never been checked for it and I have the feeling that many locals drive without .

cost of vehicle indemnity.

€25.00 EUR for one month for a newer 4×4 in 2016.
About €45.00 EUR for a calendar month for a truck in 2012 .

Where to purchase vehicle policy.

Can, and must, be bought at the edge .

Driving license.

Your regular, valid, drivers license should be all you need. The one time they checked mine, he was holding it top polish .

Driving side of road.

right side.
RHD vehicle is no problem in Mauritania .

mandate items in fomite.

I guess the common stuff is mandate ( i.e. guard triangle, first help kit, fire fire extinguisher, etc. ) but I have never ever been checked


General Road quality.

The road between Nouakchott and Nouadibhou has decent tarmacadam but some sections with potholes. The pillow of the roads in Mauritania have old tarmacadam that is suffering from summer heat and lack of sustenance — enough of potholes are possible, and piste which varies in quality but may have a heavy washboard. As of 2019, between Nouakchott and Rosso you can expect a lot of detours because the wholly road is being rehabilitated .

Road signs.

There are not to many road signs in Mauritania, then again, there are not indeed many roads .

Toll roads.

Bribery in Mauritania.

Officers will credibly ask for belittled gifts, and sometimes might ask for money just to do their occupation – like postage you out of the country. Keep a big smile on your face and play dense. See the bribery tips page for advice .


There are many many checkpoints in Mauritania, all for your security. It is advisable to prepare about 20 copies of a Fiche. This will save you a draw of time since they need not enter your name and details in the big book. The checkpoints are normally right and friendly.

Traveling with pets.

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas price in Mauritania and Diesel price in Mauritania.

Last updated: July 2016
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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded UM425.00 MRO per Liter
Diesel UM385.00 MRO per Liter

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency.

gasoline shortages are extremely common in Mauritania, expect many stations to be out of gasoline. Distances are huge, come train .

Gas and Diesel Quality.

Gasoline is known to be very first gear octane, expect lower than normal mileage.
It can be assumed diesel is high sulfur, humble quality .

base hit and Security Considerations.

Driving at nox.

Driving at night is not recommended due to animals and other road hazards, and the increased gamble of bandits .

Vehicle park.

In the larger cities, locked overnight parking is recommended .

special drive considerations.

Expect many potholes, camels on roads, poor signs and poor people lane markings all throughout Mauritania .

security advisories and data.

Camping in Mauritania.

There are campsites in every major town, so Nouadhibou, Nouakchott and Atar. Some are bare park, others have at least some facilities like shower and water system or electricity.
Camping will cost you between €2.00 EUR and €5.00 EUR per night.
many people wildcamp, without trouble .

Camping guide books.

List and link to books specifically for camping.

drink in water.

Water seems safe in the major cities. Outside of these, if you can find it, I have my doubts .


Paper maps.

Reise Know-How are among the best paper map. Purchase wallpaper maps before arriving in Mauritania

GPS Maps of Mauritania.

  • Garmin Open Street Maps has excellent coverage of all roads – highways and cities.
  • Tracks4Africa is an SD Card for Garmin GPS, and contain Routable turn-by-turn maps with 809,000 kms of roads and over 129,000 points of interest.

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, accelerator, repairs, etc. in Mauritania.

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including “wild” campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

special Overland Travel interests.

Atar, Chinguetti and the Adrar region vitamin a well as the one of the populace ‘s longest iron ore railway that runs from Nouadhibou to Zouerat .

Vehicle Maintenance.


4x4s / Trucks

local Garages.

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or minibike in Mauritania.

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven. Sell
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.’


Links to the source of any information – blogs or discussion forums, etc.
Add any helpful external links here.

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