Due to heightened security concerns, travelers in Nouakchott, the capital, are advised to avoid establishments known to be frequented by Americans. (Check with local friends or the U.S. Embassy.) The beach area around Nouakchott should be avoided at night. During the day, beach-goers should travel in large groups.
Political gatherings and street demonstrations have been known to occur. Due to the potential for violence, U.S. citizens should avoid large crowds and maintain security awareness at all times.
Surface travel between Mauritania and Senegal is restricted to various designated border crossing-points: N'Diago, Diama, Rosso, Jerd El Mohguen, Tekane, Lekseiba, Boghe in the Brakna, M'Bagne and Kaedi in Gorgol, Tifounde Cive, Maghama and Goraye in Guidimaka.
Although U.S. citizens for the most part are welcomed in Mauritania, there have been some reports of anti-American incidents (threats and stoning of vehicles) following the 1998 U.S. and British intervention in Iraq. Some Muslim extremists have sometimes perceived Christian non-governmental organizations as a threat. However, political violence and religious extremist groups are closely monitored by local authorities and, to date, do not pose a direct threat to U.S. interests in Mauritania.
Malaria prophylaxis and vaccination against hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid, and meningococcal meningitis are recommended. Cholera certification may be required for entry. Children’s immunizations should be up-to-date. Further information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s international traveler’s hotline at tel.: 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); fax: 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or by visiting the CDC Internet home page at http://www.cdc.gov.
Safety of Public Transportation: Poor
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Fair to Poor
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Poor to Nonexistent
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Poor to Nonexistent
Road conditions in Mauritania are generally poor, particularly in the interior, and overland travel is difficult. The country’s size and harsh climate make road maintenance and repair especially problematic. Mauritania possesses only about 2,070 km of surfaced roads, 710 km of unsurfaced roads and 5,140 km of unimproved tracks. There are four major roads, each of which links important cities in Mauritania: Nouakchott and Rosso; Nouakchott and Akjoujt; Aleg Boghe and Kaedi; and Nouakchott and Nema (the Road of Hope). Americans traveling overland for long distances in Mauritania should be sure to have an appropriate four-wheel drive vehicle, a local guide, adequate supplies of water, and a second fuel reservoir. A second vehicle is recommended in case of breakdown. Visitors are urged not to travel alone into the desert.
Traffic patterns differ considerably from American-style "Rules of the Road." Drivers and passengers should exercise great caution and wear seat belts at all times. Motorcycle and bicycle riders should wear helmets and protective clothing.
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