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Published: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 21:49:41 +0100

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Required travel documents for Mauritania
Required travel documents for Mauritania: passport [...]

Electric power
Electric power: 220V / 50Hz. [...]

Area code to Mauritania
Area code to Mauritania: +222 [...]

Islam is the official religion. Despite ethnic and cultural differences among Mauritanians, they are all bound by a common Muslim attachment to the Malekite sect. [...]

The official language is Arabic. The Moors of Arab/Berber stock, speaking Hassaniya dialects of Arabic, comprise the majority of the people. Other dialects include Soninke, Poular and Wolof. French and English are increasingly spoken. [...]

Travellers cheques
Limited use. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars. [...]

Credit & debit cards
Generally not accepted. American Express is accepted in a few hotels in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available. [...]

Currency exchange
Currency declaration forms are issued on arrival and should be kept. Currencies can be exchanged at the airport or at the main banks in Nouakchott. It is illegal to exchange money on the black market. [...]

Mauritanian Ouguiya (UM) = 5 khoums. Notes are in denominations of UM1000, 500, 200 and 100. Coins are in denominations of UM20, 10, 5 and 1, and 1 and 0.2 khoums. [...]

Handicrafts such as dyed leather cushions and some engraved silver items, rugs and woodcarvings can be bought on the open market. A fine selection of silver jewellery, daggers, wood and silver chests, carpets and decorated nomad tents can be bought in the [...]