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Mauritania Mauritania

A nation that often receives little fanfare, Mauritania has more to offer than meets the eye. The country is located in northwestern Africa, with part of its border on the Atlantic Ocean, and has a number of lesser-known but impressive attractions worth seeing. Most of the country’s land falls within the Sahara Desert, so it has a hot and dry climate. Within the desert landscape you will find sand dunes, unbelievable green oases and must-see caravan towns that have been around since ancient times. Due to the heat, you will find that the locals are never in a rush and have a laid-back approach to life.

Whether you are passing through or spending your whole trip in Mauritania, making travel insurance part of your trip ensures you have the coverage and protection you need while you’re abroad.

Travel information for Mauritania

Canadian travellers must present a valid passport to enter the country. Tourist, business and student visas are required and must be obtained before arrival.

There is a high risk of kidnapping, and petty crime such as theft, vehicle break-ins and other crimes are common. Desert travel also poses a risk to travellers who do not know the region. Be discreet and dress conservatively, and respect all local laws and religious customs. Photography of government or military buildings, airports or religious buildings is prohibited.

The country operates on a cash-based economy. The currency is the Mauritanian ouguiya (MRO), and it cannot be converted, imported or exported outside the country. Only euros and US dollars are accepted for exchange. The country’s official language is Arabic, but French and Zenega Berber are also spoken.

The best time to visit is from November to March, when the average temperature is 25°C. Flooding is possible during the rainy season (July to October), and it could impact your ability to travel.

Locations to explore in Mauritania

The combination of coastal land with access to the ocean and desert oases make Mauritania an appealing destination for travellers. Banc d’Arguin National Park is a must-see. It is one of the world’s best bird-watching locations and a great fishing port, where you also have the opportunity to take a hot-air balloon ride, camel ride, and you can even trek across the landscape. Other popular locations to consider include Port de Pêche, National Library of Mauritania, the mosque in Chinguetti, Terjit oasis and Koumbi Saleh.

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Getting travel insurance for your trip to Mauritania is easier than you think: you don’t even need to leave your home. Simply fill out the required information on our website and get a free travel insurance quote. With Blue Cross, you get personalized travel insurance that will suit your specific needs and fit your budget. Give us a call anytime with your questions or to learn more about the benefits of travelling with travel insurance.

General Mauritania Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 3,796,141 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 1,030,700 9,984,670
Capital: Nouakchott
Currency: Ouguiya
Official language(s): Arabic
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 1.27 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.43 1.23 (2013)

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