World Travel Guide > Guides > Africa > Mauritania

Money and duty free for Mauritania

Currency and Money

Currency information

Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRO) = 5 khoums. Notes are in denominations of MRO2,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100. Coins are in denominations of MRO20, 10, 5 and 1, and 1 and 0.2 khoums.

Credit cards

Credit cards can be used in a few hotels in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. There are very few ATMs.


There are very few ATMs.

Travellers cheques

Limited use. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars.

Banking hours

Sun-Thurs 0800-1600.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. There is no restriction on the import of foreign currency provided the amount is declared on arrival. The export of foreign currency must not exceed the amount declared on arrival.

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.

Mauritania duty free


The following items can be imported into Mauritania by travellers of 18 years of age and over without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 450g of tobacco.
• 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.

Banned Imports

Alcohol, pork and pork products.

Sporting guns require an import and gun licence from the Home Ministry.