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    Currency in Mauritania – Mauritanian ouguiya MRO

    A practical foreign exchange and currency guide on sending money and travel to Mauritania

    What's in this Mauritania currency guide?

    1. Travelling to Mauritania
    2. MRO Latest Rate
    3. MRO Charts



    Travelling to Mauritania

    There’s no doubt that Mauritania has some of the continent’s grandest scenery. The Saharan Adrar region, with its World Heritage–listed caravan towns, is currently off-limits for security reasons, but the desert is a constant presence elsewhere, pushing hard up against the Atlantic Coast. Millions of migratory birds winter along the coast at Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, and the expanding capital Nouakchott is where modernity takes root in the desert.

    Mauritania, with one of the world’s lowest population densities, is almost equally divided between Moors of Arab-Berber descent and black Africans, a striking cultural combination that is part of its appeal.

    What currency to use in Mauritania?

    The unit of currency is the ouguiya (UM). There are plenty of ATMs in Nouakchott and a handful in Nouâdhibou. It’s best to take euros or US dollars as back-up.

    Getting around in Mauritania.

    Mauritania Airlines flies daily (except Wednesday) between Nouakchott and Nouâdhibou, and twice a week via Zouérat. Tickets can be purchased at the airline’s office in Nouakchott or most travel agencies.

    Mauritania is a country in love with police roadblocks, and you’ll frequently be asked to produce ID, especially when entering or leaving a town. This is usually a straightforward procedure and police are generally polite. Your details are registered, so to speed things up make your own form (fiche or ordre de mission) to hand over. Mauritania’s primary road network is mostly good, with tarred roads leading from the border with Western Sahara to Nouakchott, and on to the Senegalese and Malian borders at Rosso and Nioro respectively. The roads from the capital to Atâr and Tidjikja are also tarred. Elsewhere, piste is the order of the day, although great swathes of the country are little more than sandy tracks at best.

    Minibus routes stitch together the main towns and cities linked by tarmac roads. The Nouâdhibou–Zouérat train is certainly an epic adventure when the security situation permits. It’s an iron-ore train with no passenger terminals, but it’s become a passenger train for lack of better alternatives.

    Is it safe in Mauritania?

    There is an ongoing threat of kidnapping against westerners throughout Mauritania. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and other groups have specifically targeted and kidnapped foreigners in parts of North Africa and pose a significant security threat in Mauritania. Much of the country is remote and terrorist and criminal groups have ease of movement across porous national borders. There remains a strong possibility that foreigners kidnapped by tribal groups could be on-sold to AQIM. Travel to Mauritania is ill advised due to persistent crime and terrorism activity.

    There is a high threat from terrorism in Mauritania. Terrorist attacks could be directed against any locations known to be frequented by foreigners, as well as premises and symbols associated with the Government of Mauritania.

    Sending Money to Mauritania

    The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make a Transfer or Spend Mauritanian ouguiya.

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    Mauritanian ouguiya – Markets & Rates

    1 USD = 357.00 MRO
    Sell USD  →  Buy MRO
    USD to MRO is steady at 90 day average 357.
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    Historic USD-MRO Rates

    USD/MRO wasChangePeriod
    24 Nov 2021
    no change2 Weeks
    09 Sep 2021
    no change90 Days
    08 Dec 2020
    no change1 Year
    09 Dec 2016
    0% 5 Years
    11 Dec 2011
    24.8% 10 Years
    13 Dec 2001
    35.9% 20 Years
    USD/MRO change over periods to 08-Dec-2021


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