Getting a Visa for Mauritania in Rabat, Morocco

I read a couple pieces about getting a visa for Mauritania in Rabat online before doing it myself but most of the information was out of date or unclear so I thought I’d give an update on how it went for me.

Just so you know, you can get a visa in your home country, but as long as you’re willing to spend an hour or so at the embassy here getting a visa for Mauritania in Rabat is much cheaper, and probably even quicker.

Rabat

Rabat

This is the process:

  1. You’re going to need 2 passport photos.  There are a couple of places downtown Rabat to have them done.
  2. You’ll also need a couple photocopies of your passport.  If you’re like me and you forget them in your hotel room, there is a place across from the gas station near the embassy that does them.
  3. Of course, you’ll also need to bring your passport with you.
  4. Jump in a petit taxi and ask for the Embassy of Mauritania. Almost all of them will know it, but you can also ask for the Embassy of Senegal which is really close if they don’t. The address of the Embassy is 6, rue Thami Lamdawar, Soussi, Rabat. I found catching a petit taxi at the train station in downtown Rabat was the easiest. The price shouldn’t be more than 20 dirhims, but be sure to negotiate the price before leaving. If you run into problems the embassy also has a phone number of (+212) (537) 65 66 78.
  5. The Mauritanian embassy in Rabat opens at 9am, but I would recommend getting there about 8-8:15. Around 8:30 the door opens and someone will come out with forms for you to fill out. The forms are in French and Arabic. There isn’t one in English. Some of the information on the forms is redundant, and I’m not sure they read all of it anyways. The one thing you’ll want to get right is your dates in Mauritania. You get a 30-day visa so if you’re not going to be there for 10-15 days make sure to say that or they’ll just start the days immediately. If you don’t speak French, bring a phrasebook or translator. You will not have the chance to speak with anyone official to question them about the form. However, there are generally some lots of other people there (getting visas) that can help you out in translating, and as I mentioned above, I don’t think they’re all too concerned if you don’t fill out all the information. If you don’t understand something, or it seems irrelevant, just leave it blank. Also, there are two sides to the page, don’t forget to fill out both sides.
  6. Important: If you’re planning on staying more than a couple days choose Visa Ordinaire and not Transit.
  7. At around 9am the doors to the visa office will open and people will slowly be allowed in. The official taking your documents is generally silent. Just hand him/her your forms, photos and passport and let him put everything together. He will then demand the cost, which when getting a visa for Mauritania in Rabat costs 340 dirhams, although the receipt you will get says 10,000 Ouguiyas which is only about 270. I’m not sure if you can pay in Mauritanian Ouguiyas or not.  They definitely won’t except Euros.
  8. The official will then hand you a slip of paper generally telling you to return the next business day at 3pm.
  9. The following business day, show up with that piece of paper and you’ll be able to pick up your passport now labelled with your visa.

Notes:

  • The process of getting a visa for Mauritania in Rabat is actually really simple, and might be one of the easiest visa processes I’ve encountered. Don’t stress too much.
  •  Americans trying to get a visa for Mauritania in Rabat. A couple years ago they weren’t giving Americans visas in Rabat, but that problem has seemed to have disappeared. You should have no problems either.
  • If you have any questions, or have had a special experience getting a visa for Mauritania in Rabat, please comment below as to update.
  • This page was last updated August 3, 2012.

Enjoy Mauritania… Don’t forget to make a Fiche for Mauritania!


Author: Brendan van Son

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18 Comments

  1. Great article, Brendan – very useful for anyone travelling to Africa, given the difficulty that can be had with visas. Personally I’d not go to Mauritania (the whole “death penalty for gays”) thing, but it’d be an adventure for sure!

    Glad to see they’ve relaxed their restrictions on US citizens, too.

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  2. Many thanks Brendan – very useful information which will be beneficial for us on our adventure!

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    • My Pleasure Sheelah! Have fun on your trip to Mauritania. Also, if you go to my homepage there’s a post up right now with a template for a Mauritanian fiche… you’ll likely want that. Cheers!

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  3. i was in mauritania a few years ago and that time you could get your visa at the border it is a very interesting country but very poor nice people

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    • Yeah Gerry, no longer able to get visas at the border unfortunately. But the process was easy. I absolutely loved Mauritania, perhaps the friendliest people in Northern Africa.

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  4. Thanks for the article Brendan!. One question, is the Mauritania embassy in rabat open Monday to Friday ?.

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    • yeah, you’ll have to go between 8-9am though and there will be a line!

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  5. Many thanks Brendan good info. We are planning to travel through Mauritania in our Campervan, to spend a couple of weeks in Senegal, then back through Mauritania to Morroco, so do you know what type of visa we will need?

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  6. Dear Brendan , I have question. I want to flight to Rabat and try to get visa to Mauritania. But I want to visit country with my father, but he can not to flight, so can I get visa for him with only his passport ? Thanks for reply

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    • Valentina – Hi, I wish I could answer that for you but I’m not 100% sure. I know that some people do send others to take care of this for them. I think that you’d need to bring him a form somehow. Maybe your best chance is to send his passport via one of the visa websites?

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  7. Hi Brendon,

    We are travelling to Rabat for the express purpose of getting a visa to Mauritania.

    what`s a good hotel to stay in Rabat thats close to The Embassy of Mauritania?

    Thanks .

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  8. Dear Brendon,

    A couple of my friends are travelling to Rabat to get their visas for Mauritania this weekend! Quick query, can they pay an extra £50 or so to get a premium visa and get it the visa on there and then on the day? If not roughly how long does it take to obtain a visa.

    Awaiting your swift response.

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    • Hey Saba. No idea really. They didn’t offer the option when I was there though!

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  9. Brendan
    Do you what information I have to provide the embassy with if I intend to stay at Mauritania for one year (studying purposes)

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    • Honestly, Abdul, I have no idea. You’d have to call the embassy and ask, I suppose.

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  10. Thanks for the blog Brendan! I’m finding many other sites directing to here for information.
    I have some updated info on Americans getting there visas in Rabat, as I went yesterday and it was a pretty seamless process.
    1) The embassy is definitely still in Rabat, even though the sign in Casablanca is still standing near where I used to live. Seems like the location is playing musical-cities in Morocco, but currently both the embassy and consulate are in Rabat.
    2) There was no line, Maybe on a wednesday in November, Mauritania visas are in pretty low demand. I got there at 7:30 and waited alone for an hour…better safe than sorry! At 8:35 the door opened, I got my form, filled it out, dropped it off a few minutes later.
    3) It is now a ONE-DAY PROCESS! It returned at 2PM as was told to me at the desk, and I picked up the visa – correct dates with Visa Ordinaire and all!
    4) The consulaire, a Mauritanian, was very friendly. I buttered him up with a bit of broken Moroccan Arabic, but he also spoke some English (and French, obviously.)

    It seems that they’ve cleaned up the system quite well these days. No lines, no bribed guards holding places in line. I got correct dates. Thank you, Brendan, for your information!

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    • Great news! And thanks for the update on the process, Scott. I’m glad it has been cleaned up a bit!

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