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Mauritania Visa Types

Still, on the electronic visa of Mauritania, it will interest you to know that you can apply for different options through VisaHQ. Whatever your purpose for visiting the country, as long as it is for a short period and not work-related, you can get it. Below, we review the different visa options for foreigners.

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    A visa is not required for this destination.

    Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for Tourist visa


    Additional steps you may take:
    • Check the current validity of your passport and the availability of blank visa pages

    • Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Mauritania

      Take advantage of our extensive embassy and consular database to find the nearest one. Upon contacting the embassy confirm the required documents, the time it takes to process the visa and whether the consulate accepts applications by mail.

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      Mauritania Visa Policy

      Mauritania's visa policy states that all visitors must obtain a visa unless they are from visa-exempt countries. The visa policy represents a set of rules and regulations determining the types of visas one must obtain and who requires a visa or not to visit the country. Mauritania is self-styled as the Islamic Republic, and visitors are required to respect its culture and traditions when in the country.

      Visas as obtained from foreign missions abroad, immigration offices at home, and through online portals.

      Furthermore, these visas are issued for specific purposes and come with varying validities.

      You should also know that the visa policy affects international visitors differently because of their nationality, the purpose of their visit, and the type of visa they apply for. The government also institutes this visa to protect locals and foreigners and preserve the culture and integrity of the people.

      Visa Exemption

      Under the current visa policy, only citizens from a few countries may visit Mauritania without visas. These countries are largely fellow West African countries, including Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria, while nationals from other countries must apply for visas before visiting for whatever reasons. The visa exemption list is always changing in light of emerging diplomatic realities, so you should check the list if you wish to visit to know whether you qualify for visa-free entry.

      Non-Visa Exempt Visitors

      Non-Visa-exempt visitors can visit Mauritania only after applying for and getting a valid visa.

      You can obtain more than a few visa options according to the purpose of your trip. Visitors can also get single and multiple entry visas; short-term visas are issued for tourism and other leisure purposes, while long-term visas are issued for persons who may wish to stay in the country for an extended period.

      Visitors may also apply for visas on arrival at any of the entry points or an e-visa online. Both options are meant for short family visits, tourism, business, or transit visits. So deciding which option to go for is exclusively the applicant's choice as long as they meet all the requirements.

      Mauritania Visa On Arrival

      The visa on arrival is issued to visitors at Nouakchott – Oumtounsy international airport only, so anyone who wishes to enter the country without initially holding a visa must do so through this airport. It is issued as a single-entry document and allows the holder to stay up to 30 days. While most foreigners qualify for a visa on arrival, Syrian nationals are required to apply for pre-approval from the Director General of Mauritania's National Security.

      Electronic Visa

      The electronic visa has the same feature as the visa on arrival but is suited for visitors who don't wish to waste time at the arrival section for a visa on arrival. Applicants must fill out an online application form, attach a valid passport with at least six months validity and a blank page, and a recent digital passport photograph. The applicant must also show that they have sufficient funds for their expenses and a yellow fever vaccination certificate. An email will also be required to receive the electronic visa once the Mauritanian authorities approve it.

      Key Information About Mauritania e Visa and Travel Tips

      Use the same passport: Travel with the passport you applied for the e-visa with, not a different one. Visas are linked to only one passport, so you will not be allowed into the country even if you use a different one bearing your details.

      Time for your application: Visa applications take only a few days to approve, so bear this in mind when applying for online visas. You should apply for it not more than a week before the day you plan to make the trip.

      Use Valid Information/Documents: The documents and information you use for your application should be valid; otherwise, your application will be rejected. Ensure that the information you provide is the same as on your documents.

      Lastly, use only a document that is yours. Even if you are lucky to get the visa, you will be deported immediately if you are caught.

      Application Fee: The application fee must be paid before submitting the form. Note that this fee is not refundable and doesn't mean the visa will be issued to you if you don't qualify.

      Respect The Custom: Mauritania is a profoundly conservative society rooted in strong Sunni Muslim principles. If you want to visit this country, be prepared for a culture shock and do well to respect the local laws and customs. Avoid doing anything that will offend the senses of the locals. If you are not fluent in Arabic or French, it pays to move around with a guide who understands the culture and will help you navigate your way around.

      Mauritania e-Visa Online – Get your Mauritania e-Visa with VisaHQ

      Mauritania in Northwest Africa is open to visitors looking to visit the country for business or pleasure as long as they have the right documentation. The e-visa is the easiest visa to apply for all the visa options open to foreigners. Visitors can secure one online and use the same to access the country for short trips.

      How To Apply For A Visa With VisaHQ

      Did you know you can apply for an e-visa with VisaHQ from the comfort of your home or office? The process will take you only a few minutes, and you will be done. Here are the steps to take

      Complete the online application form: The online application form should be completed with the correct information. No section should be left empty.

      Upload documents: The next move will be to upload scanned copies of your documents. The documents you upload should meet the visa requirements you apply for. Only valid documents, please.

      Pay the fee: Pay the e-visa application fee with your bank-issued debit or credit card. Submit the application.

      Get a visa:  All it takes is three days or less, and the visa will be forwarded to your email.

      Why Use VisaHQ?

      If you are still doubting whether to use VisaHQ for your online applications, consider these pointers

      • We have more than two decades of experience facilitating applications
      • We have experts who render technical support to clients
      • Our website is user-friendly and highly secure
      • You can apply for as many visas as you want in less time
      • You can track your application at any time to know your status

      Using VisaHQ for your application is a no-brainer; visit our application page now to apply.

      Mauritania COVID-19 travel restrictions

      • Entry is open
        Mauritania's air borders are open, and international flights to an from Mauritania are operating.
        Prior to arrival requirements
        Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
        Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if visa is needed and apply.
        Negative COVID-19 test. Anyone arriving to Mauritania without a proof of vaccination will be require to provide a Negative PCR test.
        Upon arrival restrictions
        😷Masks are required in public spaces and transport.

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