Mauritania (The Islamic Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Full diplomatic relations between South Africa and Mauritania were established in January 1995. Mauritania opened an Embassy in Pretoria in 2006 and South Africa reciprocated in February 2008.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Mauritania

H E Mr P Goosen
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Mauritanian Representation in South Africa

H E Mr J Inalla
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Mauritania

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

South Africans may apply for visas at any Mauritanian Mission.


Health requirements

There is a high risk of contracting Malaria, especially in the south. A Yellow Fever Certificate is necessary if coming from an endemic area. Hepatitus A and B present. Meningitis is also present. A Tetanus injection is recommended. The water is contaminated and the milk is unpasteurised, therefore both should be boiled before use.

For further information go to Travellers' Health..

In terms of COVID-19 precautionary measures all passengers at air and land entry points must observe the following measures:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Hand washing or disinfection with hydroalcoholic sanitizers
  • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 m between two people
  • Be provided with either a test certificate (RT PCR COVID 19 or a negative antigenic rapid test certificate dated less than (05) days from the date of delivery of the results (issued by an approved laboratory)
  • Mauritanian passengers arriving without a test must take an antigenic rapid test on arrival and in case positivity; the cost of confinement will be at the expense of the transport company.
  • Foreign passengers arriving without a test should not be allowed to re-enter national territory and the company transporting them is required to return them to their origin.
  • Completion of an individual health information file and its delivery to the health services.
  • Taking temperature measurement (high quality thermal camera, or thermoflash).
  • In case of fever, the passenger will have to undergo an RT-PCR confirmation test or a rapid antigenic test on arrival and in the event of positivity, the confinement costs will be at the expense of the transport company.
  • Foreign passengers arriving without a test should not be allowed to re-enter national territory and the company transporting them is required to return them to their origin.
  • Completion of an individual health information form and its delivery to the health services.
  • Taking temperature measurement without contact (high quality thermal camera, or thermoflash).
  • In case of fever, the passenger will have to undergo an RT-PCR confirmation test or a rapid antigenic test
  • If the PCR test or the rapid antigenic test is positive, passengers will be treated according to the national protocol.
  • Any passenger coming from source countries of new variants of the coronavirus (incl. South Africa) must, under the supervision of the national health authorities at the point of entry, undergo:

    • Temporary isolation at the point of entry
    • A secure transfer to a containment site at his expense for 14 days
    • A test (RT-PCR), in case of negativity the traveller is free to go home
    • In case of positivity, the traveller will be treated according to the national protocol.


Climate Info

Very desert-like conditions. Mostly hot and dry with little to no rain. There is some rainfall in the south between the months of July and September. Trade winds cool down the coastal strip. The Desert is cooler with wind in March and April.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRU).

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Mauritania, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

 

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