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Ancient town of Chinguetti in Mauritania.

Are you planning a journey to Mauritania? 

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Order Mauritanian Ouguiya with us – it’s straightforward, and we deliver right to your doorstep. You can also pick up your travel cash at our Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.

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Travel warning

Parts of Mauritania are currently not safe for travellers to visit. Head over to the government website to find out more information on how this could affect your travels

Mauritanian travel money

Are you heading to Mauritania’s stunning deserts or bustling market towns? Here’s what you should know about handling Mauritanian money there.

What is the currency of Mauritania?

The Mauritanian ouguiya, identified by the international code MRU, is the currency of Mauritania. 

How do you pronounce Mauritanian ouguiya?

The pronunciation of “Mauritanian ouguiya” can be broken down like this:

  • Mauritanian sounds like “more-i-TAY-nee-an.”
  • Ouguiya sounds like “oo-GEE-yah.”

So, when you say it all together, it’s “more-i-TAY-nee-an oo-GEE-yah.”

High altitude view of the Richat Structure is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara's Adrar Plateau near Ouadane west central Mauritania in Northwest Africa

Where can I get Mauritanian ouguiya from?

Finding places that exchange this currency will be challenging as it’s not widely available. 

However, Manor FX provides competitive rates for converting GBP to Mauritanian ouguiya. We even offer free home delivery for orders over £750, or you can collect your ouguiya from our store.

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Where can I buy Mauritanian ouguiya in the UK?

You can purchase Mauritanian ouguiya right here at Manor FX. 

Since the ouguiya is not commonly traded, it’s wise to plan your travel expenses ahead of time.

Avoid the last-minute rush by ordering your ouguiya from us online. With our secure home delivery service, you’ll receive the best exchange rate for Mauritanian ouguiya and enjoy peace of mind.

Should I exchange money before I leave for Mauritania?

Yes! Having some Mauritanian ouguiya ready means you’re prepared for immediate expenses like transport or grabbing a quick bite.

We offer the best rates for Mauritanian ouguiya, so get your currency exchange sorted today! 

We also provide excellent rates for converting Mauritanian ouguiya to British pound when you return from your trip.

Camels, Mauritania

What currency is best for Mauritania?

Having Mauritanian ouguiya is best for day-to-day expenses.

However, some places might accept other major currencies for larger transactions.

Can you use euros in Mauritania?

Yes, euros might be accepted in some tourist areas and hotels. But having Mauritanian ouguiya for everyday shopping and smaller places is still a good idea.

Can you use USD in Mauritania?

Yes, you can use US dollars, especially in tourist spots and larger hotels. However, it’s best to have Mauritanian ouguiya for local markets and smaller shops.

Do you need cash in Mauritania?

In Mauritania, having both cash and cards is handy. Use your card for convenience in hotels or larger stores, but cash is king in markets and for minor expenses.

Can you pay with a card in Mauritania?

Yes, you can use your bank cards, especially in bigger towns and tourist spots. However,

carrying some cash in ouguiya for smaller purchases and exploring off the beaten path is advisable.

Remember to inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any card issues.

Nouakchott. Mauritania. Hundreds of huge painted wooden boats, on which local fishermen go to sea

How much money do you need per day in Mauritania?

  • Budget traveller: Around £20-£30 should cover basic needs.
  • Mid-range traveller: Expect to spend about £50-£70 for more comfort.
  • Luxury traveller: For top-notch experiences, £100 or more will be the range.

Remember, these are just estimates; have a little extra, just in case.

Avoiding ATM fees in Mauritania

To save on fees, use ATMs at major banks and withdraw larger amounts less frequently. You can also check if your bank has partner banks in Mauritania to avoid fees.

Is it cheap in Mauritania for tourists?

Yes, Mauritania offers good value for money, making it a fantastic option for travellers on a budget.

Is Mauritania good for tourists?

Mauritania offers a range of tourist attractions, including stunning desert landscapes, historic cities, and unique cultural experiences. 

The country is known for its expansive Sahara desert, which provides opportunities for desert safaris and encounters with nomadic cultures. 

Historical sites like the ancient cities of Chinguetti and Ouadane, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are highlights for those interested in Mauritania’s rich history and Islamic heritage.

Do you tip in Mauritania?

In Mauritania, tipping is not commonly expected or required across many services. However, in settings that cater more to tourists, such as upscale restaurants and hotels, tipping may be more customary, especially if you receive good service. 

A modest tip can be appreciated in these instances, but it’s not as ingrained in the culture as in some other countries.​

Is Mauritanian ouguiya a closed currency?

Yes, the Mauritanian ouguiya is a closed currency. This means you can usually only buy and sell ouguiya within Mauritania, and it’s typically only available in the country.

Ouadane, Mauritania. young woman at a local market.

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Mauritanian ouguiya currency

When Mauritania became independent from France in 1960, it adopted the CFA franc, commonly used in many former French colonies in Africa. 

However, in 1973, The Mauritanian ouguiya replaced the CFA franc as the official currency of Mauritania. 

Mauritanian ouguiya banknotes

The Mauritanian ouguiya, represented by the currency code MRU, is the official currency of Mauritania. The Central Bank of Mauritania issues Mauritanian ouguiya banknotes.

Mauritanian ouguiya banknotes are distinctive and carry cultural significance, reflecting the country’s heritage and landmarks.

The banknotes are available in various denominations, including 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 ouguiya. Each note features different colours and designs, which not only make them visually appealing but also help distinguish between values.

Key features of the notes include prominent figures, historical sites, and iconic symbols of Mauritania. For example, some notes depict scenes of daily life, traditional activities, or landscapes characteristic of the Mauritanian environment, such as deserts and oases.

Mauritanian ouguiya coins

Mauritanian ouguiya coins are an essential part of the currency system in Mauritania, complementing the banknotes in everyday transactions. 

These coins have smaller values than banknotes, making them ideal for smaller purchases and daily use. The denominations of the coins include 1, 5, 10, and 20 ouguiya. 

Each coin is designed to be distinctive, featuring various sizes, colours, and designs that reflect aspects of Mauritanian culture and history. For example, some coins might depict traditional motifs, national symbols, or important historical figures.

The coins are made from different materials, including nickel and brass, making them durable and suitable for frequent handling. To prevent counterfeiting, they also have various security features, such as distinctive edges and detailed engravings.

Mauritanian currency import and export regulations

Specific regulations govern the transfer of money into and out of Mauritania.

Importing currency

However, upon arrival, you must declare to the customs authorities any amount equivalent to or exceeding $10,000 USD.

Exporting currency

The rules get stricter when leaving Mauritania. You can only take out a limited amount of Mauritanian ouguiya. 

Generally, you’re not allowed to export more than the equivalent of 10,000 ouguiya (around £150) in local currency. 

The amount you can take out in foreign currencies should not exceed the amount you declared upon entry, minus what you’ve spent during your stay.

Buy Mauritanian ouguiya online

Getting your Mauritanian ouguiya is a breeze with Manor FX. You can pay by bank transfer or debit card. We offer the best exchange rates and guarantee swift and secure delivery straight to your doorstep or office.

Alternatively, you can buy currency or pick up your ouguiya from our bureau near Heathrow.

Secure the most advantageous GBP to Mauritanian ouguiya rate and exchange your pounds for ouguiya today.

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Have you got some ouguiya left after your travels? No worries, we have attractive rates for converting Mauritanian ouguiya to GBP. 

Just follow this link to convert your remaining Mauritanian ouguiya to UK pounds.

People Eating Traditional Mauritanian Meal with Hands


Mauritania has safety risks for tourists, mainly because of crime, terrorism, and poor road conditions. 

The UK government advises against travel to certain regions, emphasising the risk of terrorist attacks and kidnappings. 

Travellers must be aware of local customs, adhere to strict laws, and have comprehensive travel insurance.

The official language of Mauritania is Arabic.

Yes, you generally need a visa to visit Mauritania. You can get a visa on arrival at certain entry points like the Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport. 

Alternatively, you can apply for a visa through your home country’s Mauritanian embassy or consulate​.

Several vaccinations are recommended for travel to Mauritania. These include vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and polio. 

Up-to-date vaccines for routine diseases like measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and influenza are advised. Specifically, a yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission​.

Consider a malaria risk assessment, too, as malaria is prevalent in certain parts of Mauritania, especially during the rainy season​.

Always consult a travel health professional well before your journey to ensure you receive all necessary vaccinations and health advice.

The best time to visit Mauritania largely depends on the activities you plan to enjoy and the region you intend to explore. 

The cooler months from November to March are generally recommended for visiting most parts of the country, as the weather is more pleasant. During this period, the temperatures are cooler, especially in the northern desert regions where exploring can be more comfortable.

January, February, and March are particularly favourable in many areas, offering good weather suitable for sightseeing and other tourist activities. April and October can also be good times to visit, though some weather fluctuations can make conditions less predictable.

The summer months, from May to September, can be pretty challenging because of high temperatures. In some areas, the monsoon season brings additional humidity and rain, particularly in the southern regions​​.

No, Mauritius and Mauritania are not the same. 

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, known for its beaches, lagoons, and reefs. It is located east of Madagascar and southeast of the African mainland. 

On the other hand, Mauritania is a country in West Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, and Senegal to the southwest. Mauritania is known for its desert landscapes and Islamic culture. Both countries are distinct in terms of location, culture, and geography.

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