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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Nouakchott (Mauritania), Embassy Closure on Sunday, August 4

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The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4.  The Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations, indicates we should institute these precautionary steps. It is possible we may have additional days of closings as well, depending on our analysis. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott will be closed on Sunday, August 4.

The Department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety.  However, beyond this announcement we do not discuss specific threat information, security considerations or measures, or other steps we may be taking.  

For further information, we refer you to the Worldwide Caution put out by the Department dated February 19, 2013:

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Nouakchott website.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website  where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning , including the Travel Warning for Mauritania, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter  and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes  and Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips.  If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  

If you are going to live in or travel to Mauritania, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott is located between the Presidency building and the Spanish Embassy on Rue Abdallaye and is open Sunday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The phone number is 45 25 26 60.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is 36 62 81 63.  In the event of an emergency that interrupts mobile phone (SMS) or Internet communication in Mauritania, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy's dedicated Consular emergency recording at 45 25 37 01 to receive the most up-to-date instructions.