Mauritanian visa for South African citizens

A visa is REQUIRED for South African passport holders visiting Mauritania for tourism and business purposes. See detailed requirements below:

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For South African citizens to enter Mauritania for a short-term tourism purpose. Visa required N/A
Evisa Mauritania e-visa for South African citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Mauritania visa on arrival for South African citizens Eligible

Mauritania tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding South African passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Mauritania.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Mauritania.

If you are looking for Mauritania visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from South Africa, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Mauritania nearest your place of residence.

  • Pretoria: The Embassy of Mauritania in Pretoria, South Africa (Working hours: Close now)

Mauritania visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Mauritania diplomatic mission offices to South Africa for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from South Africa traveling to Mauritania from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (South Africa) estimated Change (%)

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Mauritania & South Africa comparison

Mauritania's area is approximately 1,030,700 km2 (397,955 sq mi), while the area of South Africa is approximately 1,213,090 km2 (468,376 sq mi). This means South Africa is 17.70% larger than Mauritania.

As of November 2021, Mauritania's population is ~16.2 million people - 111,949,292 fewer people than the population of South Africa.

We have highlighted Mauritania & South Africa’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Mauritania South Africa Difference
Population (est 2021) 16,202,975 128,152,267 111.9 million fewer people live in Mauritania than South Africa
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 1 124 Mauritania has 123 fewer diplomatic representations abroad compared with South Africa.
Travel freedom (2021) 26 67 Mauritania passport holders visit 41 fewer countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 35 197 Mauritanian hosts 162 fewer foreign missions than South Africa.

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