Mauritania: Travel before Visa begins
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 19, 2012 4:49 PM Last Post By: LostWhileWalking
Aug 6, 2012 11:11 AM
Mauritania: Travel before Visa beginsHave just received my Mauri visa in Rabat with one problem however the visa starts 2 weeks after I intend to travel to Mauri:I tried to explain this to the guy at the embassy but he was nonplussed in fact when I handed him my application on Friday 2 days ago he insisted on changing the date and though I gave him the benefit of the doubt I suspected something was fishy I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience to this and should I still try and enter before the visa commencement date ps excuse the lack of punctuation but cannot find a thing on the keyboard
Aug 6, 2012 12:14 PM
Aug 7, 2012 2:38 AM
2Mauritanian immigration officials being corrupt as one can be you might have to pay a bribe even with a valid visa.... :)
I think that's the worst that might happen to you, having to pay a bribe, but i'm pretty sure they won't even notice the date. go for it, be confident, don't ask anything, it'll work they won't notice.
Aug 19, 2012 4:49 PM
3I arrived today in Mauritania by Air. The immigration officers stopped me at the counter and made me stay. Actually, they stopped anyone not having an african passport. Altogether, they stopped 2 americans, 1 french, 1 american with diplomatic passport, pakistan (me) and a british. Nobody of us paid and were let go after asking where are we going, where we are staying, how did we got the visa, the purpose and the general questions.
I usually avoid paying any kinds of bribes at the airport because these countries are less travelled airports and these people usually remember you and ask you for money when you are leaving the country. Its better to keep haggling (politely) with them and answering them and asking them if you can go.
If you received the visa with the help of an invitation of a local mauritanian company or person, it is better that you keep a copy of the invitation or if that person is present in person to receive you. That was the reason all of us were stopped. I was eventually let go when I showed them a soft copy of my invitation. Others made a call to their contacts or had someone waiting for them.
People are polite and cannot ask directly for bribes.
I am currently in Noaukchott until friday and would be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Good luck with your travelling.
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