Procedures and practical informations

Time and deadlines
The attention of travelers is drawn to the fact that their presence is required at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time. Most companies close their check-in counters 60 minutes before departure time. Once registered, it is also advisable to immediately go to the boarding gate for police formalities that can be long if several departures are planned.
Arriving passengers must count an average of 25 to 35 minutes to complete the formalities of police and customs and to retrieve their luggage.
Entering the country and visas
Entry into Mauritanian territory by Nouakchott International Airport requires a passport valid more than 6 months after the passage of the police station. In addition, nationals of countries that are not exempt from must obtain a visa upon arrival at Nouakchott Oumtounsy Airport.

WARNING: bi-national passengers who can not prove their Mauritanian nationality (passport or ID card) are also subject to visa requirements.

See the page about visas and immigration


Pets accompanied by a recent health certificate are allowed to travel with you. Rabies vaccination must have been performed at least 1 month and max. 1 year prior to arrival.

Airlines are particularly demanding on the allowed weight of luggage. To avoid problems at check-in counters, it is expressly required for travelers to check before their arrival at the airport if their baggage do not exceed the permitted allowance. In this case, expensive and non-negotiable luggage fees may be asked. In addition, it is recalled that the luggage must be strong enough to be handled and transported. Plastic bags are prohibited because they tear easily.
Health requirements
No vaccine is required to enter Mauritanian soil.
Pregnant women are reminded that airlines each have a specific policy on the duration of pregnancy not to exceed to be allowed to travel. From the 7th month of pregnancy, flying may be prohibited or a medical certificate may be required. Please check with your airline to avoid being denied boarding.
Drugs and illegal or regulated products
Some products can not cross borders upon arrival or departure from Nouakchott Airport. This is the case for alcoholic beverages, pork-derived foods, animal remains, live animals and narcotics. Prescription drugs must be accompanied by the prescription. Certain objects of the historical heritage of Mauritania must have the agreement of the Ministry of Culture to leave the country. Hazardous products (firearms, explosives, corrosives, pressure vessels, etc.) are generally prohibited or regulated. Please contact your airline for its policy regarding the transportation of these products.

See also the customs handbook for passengers


See the customs handbook for passengers

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