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Foreign Exchange Guide to Mauritania

Read this currency guide to Mauritania with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/MRO=357]

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Mauritanian Ouguiya
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This is a foreign exchange guide to Mauritania, the Mauritanian Ouguiya currency plus MRO transfers and travel tips.

In this Mauritania currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Mauritanian Ouguiya info - general info about the Mauritanian Ouguiya
  2. Mauritanian Ouguiya in the markets - recent MRO moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Mauritania - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Mauritanian Ouguiya cash online - travel money for Mauritania
  5. Sending money to Mauritania - save on Mauritanian Ouguiya bank transfers to Mauritania
  6. Mauritanian Ouguiya exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRO) general currency information

What is the Mauritanian Ouguiya currency code and symbol?

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

Which countries use the Mauritanian Ouguiya?

It is the domestic currency in Mauritania.

Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRO) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to MRO exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

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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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  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

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 MRO 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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MRO/USD - Mauritanian Ouguiya to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0028011 Week
15 Mar 20190.0028011 Month
16 Oct 20180.0028016 Months
14 Apr 20180.0028131 Year
14 Apr 20170.0027732 Years
15 Apr 20140.0033845 Years
16 Apr 20090.00383710 Years

MRO/EUR - Mauritanian Ouguiya to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0024971 Week
15 Mar 20190.0024711 Month
16 Oct 20180.0024206 Months
14 Apr 20180.0022801 Year
14 Apr 20170.0026122 Years
15 Apr 20140.0024505 Years
16 Apr 20090.00291110 Years

MRO/GBP - Mauritanian Ouguiya to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0021481 Week
15 Mar 20190.0021051 Month
16 Oct 20180.0021246 Months
14 Apr 20180.0019751 Year
14 Apr 20170.0022142 Years
15 Apr 20140.0020235 Years
16 Apr 20090.00257310 Years

MRO/JPY - Mauritanian Ouguiya to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.31291 Week
15 Mar 20190.31211 Month
16 Oct 20180.31476 Months
14 Apr 20180.30201 Year
14 Apr 20170.30112 Years
15 Apr 20140.34465 Years
16 Apr 20090.380410 Years

MRO/AUD - Mauritanian Ouguiya to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0039451 Week
15 Mar 20190.0039501 Month
16 Oct 20180.0039246 Months
14 Apr 20180.0036231 Year
14 Apr 20170.0036572 Years
15 Apr 20140.0036185 Years
16 Apr 20090.00533110 Years

MRO/CAD - Mauritanian Ouguiya to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0037461 Week
15 Mar 20190.0037371 Month
16 Oct 20180.0036246 Months
14 Apr 20180.0035491 Year
14 Apr 20170.0036952 Years
15 Apr 20140.0037165 Years
16 Apr 20090.00462910 Years

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