Do not cut corners with your Mauritania insurance before travelling to this northwest African country. There is a risk of terrorist attacks and kidnap, especially to foreign nationals. Anyone who plans to visit or work is advised to travel with appropriate Mauritania insurance that covers life, personal accident, health and property, with provision for terrorism included.

Mauritania insurance – quick facts

  • There is a risk of terrorism, including kidnapping
  • Carefully consider your security arrangements before traveling to Mauritania
  • International health insurance in Mauritania is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation

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  • Specialist Mauritania insurance – can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles and equipment
  • We can cover all of your business liabilities in Mauritania and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations

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  • Due to limited medical facilities and the high-risk to personal security, specialist Mauritania insurance is advised for visitors and expats
  • We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs, including kidnap and ransom cover

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Possible risks when visiting Mauritania

With its endless desert dunes, rock formations and oceanic coastlines, Mauritania must certainly be one of the world’s most spectacular countries – but it is not a safe place for foreign nationals. There is a high threat of terrorism by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQ-M), and of kidnapping by criminal gangs acting on their behalf. Specialist Mauritania insurance with terrorism cover is absolutely essential for anyone going to visit or work there.

Public unrest is a strong possibility and foreigners should avoid crowds and demonstrations, generally keeping a low profile. Crime levels are moderate, but increasing, with reports of carjacking, robbery and assault of foreigners on the rise.

Medical facilities are very limited, and outside Nouakchott and Nouadhibou, poor communications makes dealing with any emergency even more difficult. This, combined with the high risk of injury and disease makes comprehensive health insurance in Mauritania – including cover for emergency evacuation and repatriation – an urgent priority.

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The FCO advise against all travel to most regions and all but essential travel to all others. There is no British Embassy in Mauritania. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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