Mauritania - Mauritanian Ouguiya - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Mauritania, the Mauritanian Ouguiya currency plus sending (MRO) transfers and travel tips for Mauritania.

Country CodeMR
Domestic Currency Mauritanian Ouguiya
Currency SymbolUM
Currency CodeMRO
Exchange RateUSD/MRO = 357
Telephone Prefix+222

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Mauritanian Ouguiya



U$ 1
UM 357.00
U$ 5
UM 1,785
U$ 10
UM 3,570
U$ 20
UM 7,140
U$ 50
UM 17,850
U$ 100
UM 35,700
U$ 250
UM 89,250
U$ 500
UM 178,500
U$ 1,000
UM 357,000
U$ 2,000
UM 714,000
U$ 5,000
UM 1,785,000
U$ 10,000
UM 3,570,000
U$ 50,000
UM 17,850,000
U$ 100,000
UM 35,700,000
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U$ 0.0028
UM 1
U$ 0.0140
UM 5
U$ 0.0280
UM 10
U$ 0.0560
UM 20
U$ 0.1401
UM 50
U$ 0.2801
UM 100
U$ 0.7003
UM 250
U$ 1.4005
UM 500
U$ 2.8010
UM 1,000
U$ 5.6020
UM 2,000
U$ 14.01
UM 5,000
U$ 28.01
UM 10,000
U$ 140.05
UM 50,000
U$ 280.10
UM 100,000
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To calculate specific USD/MRO amounts use our Convert USD to MRO quick calculator.

Mauritania Currency Info

Frequently Asked Questions

What currency should I use in Mauritania?

The domestic currency in Mauritania is the Mauritanian Ouguiya.

What is the Mauritanian Ouguiya currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Mauritanian Ouguiya is MRO — symbol is UM.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Mauritanian Ouguiya?

U$ 100 converts to UM 35,700

Which countries use the Mauritanian Ouguiya?

It is the domestic currency in Mauritania.

Is the Mauritanian Ouguiya a closed currency?

No, the Mauritanian Ouguiya is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?

Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRO) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to MRO exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

USD to MRO was steady at the 90-day average 357. There are no current rate alerts.

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for 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.


Travel money for Mauritania

Save money and time by Ordering your Mauritanian Ouguiya online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the MRO cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Mauritanian Ouguiya otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


Mauritania Trip Checklist    

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Sending money to Mauritania

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Mauritania you need to start with finding out the latest Mauritanian Ouguiya foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Mauritania

When sending money to Mauritania it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Mauritanian Ouguiya amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted MRO amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Mauritania.

Use our Send to Mauritanian Ouguiya calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Mauritanian Ouguiya deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Mauritanian Ouguiya to US Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00280130 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00280124 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00280101 Mar 2020
3 Month0.00280101 Jan 2020
1 Year0.00280101 Apr 2019
5 Year0.00317402 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00379603 Apr 2010

Mauritanian Ouguiya to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00254030 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00259424 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00253501 Mar 2020
3 Month0.00249701 Jan 2020
1 Year0.00250001 Apr 2019
5 Year0.00291802 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00280703 Apr 2010

Mauritanian Ouguiya to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day0.00226530 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00237624 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00219201 Mar 2020
3 Month0.00211401 Jan 2020
1 Year0.00214401 Apr 2019
5 Year0.00214002 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00248803 Apr 2010

Mauritanian Ouguiya to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00454330 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00469324 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00433001 Mar 2020
3 Month0.00399001 Jan 2020
1 Year0.00394001 Apr 2019
5 Year0.00418402 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00413203 Apr 2010

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