Mauritania in detail

Health & insurance

Before You Go

Health Insurance

Find out in advance whether your insurance plan will make payments to providers or will reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures (most doctors in Mauritania will expect payment in cash). It's vital to ensure that your travel insurance will cover the emergency transport required to get you to a hospital in a major city, to better facilities elsewhere in Africa, or all the way home by air, with a medical attendant if necessary. Not all insurance covers this, so check the contract carefully.

In Mauritania

Tap Water

Best to drink only bottled or purified water.

Availability & Cost of Healthcare

There are a few private doctors in Nouakchott, however for any serious medical issues you’ll likely want to travel elsewhere.