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Mauritania Insurance

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 here is advised to travel with appropriate Mauritania insurance that covers life, personal accident, health and property, with provision for terrorism included.

Official risk ratings

Accident and Evacuation
Kidnapping and Ransom
Political Risk

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


What’s it like to operate in 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 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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Advice from the FCDO

The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in the UK regularly updates its advice to British travellers about immediate risks.

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