Rules and customs formalities

Import regulations:

Free import by non-residents of 18 years and over:
- 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;
- 50 grams of perfume and 1/4 liter of eau-de-Cologne;
Prohibited: alcoholic beverages; pork and pork products.


Rabies vaccination certificate and a health certificate from the country of origin are required. Dogs and cats of less than 3 months old are accepted without complying with sanitary regulations.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES. 
For further details please refer to CITES:

Export regulations:

Dangerous goods according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations.

Crew members customs regulations:

There are no duty free import allowances for crew.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Mauritania (Nouakchott Oumtounsy International Airport).

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Mauritania.

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Mauritanian Ouguiya-MRU): prohibited.
Foreign currencies: unlimited if declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Mauritanian Ouguiya-MRU): prohibited.
Foreign currencies: equivalent of MRU 10,000.- per year (children under 10 years: MRU 5,000.-).

Local currency (Mauritanian Ouguiya-MRU): prohibited.
Foreign currencies: up to the amount imported and declared.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Sporting guns are allowed if holding a gun license and import license. These licenses must be obtained from the Home Ministry of Mauritania before arrival.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.


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