Posts Tagged ‘Mauritania’

Mauritanian Visa Requirements to See the Eye of the Sahara

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Can you imagine how surprised the first astronauts to orbit the earth must have been when they saw an enormous blue eye staring back at the from the Sahara Desert?

The “eye” was actually a landform called the Richat Structure, otherwise known as the Eye of the Sahara. With a diameter of approximately 31 miles, it was originally thought to be the landing site of an ancient meteorite. However, scientists have since concluded that it’s actually a natural geological feature called a “symmetrical uplift.” (h/t Environmental Graffiti)

Unfortunately, visiting the Eye of the Sahara is a little complicated. First, you’ll need a Mauritanian visa. Plan ahead: the US Department of State advises that “Mauritanian visas require an invitation or sponsor, can take up to several months to process, and must be obtained prior to travel. Visas are no longer available at border crossings or at the airport upon arrival.”

Once you get into the country, you’ll have to make arrangements to travel safely to the Adrar region near the town of Ouadane, then to get to the formation. The Eye of the Sahara is best viewed from the air — if you’re lucky, you may be able to hire a hot air balloon!

Here’s what you’ll need to apply for a Mauritanian tourist visa:

  • 2 completed Mauritanian visa application forms
  • 2 passport photos,
  • An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever
  • Round trip plane tickets or a copy of your itinerary
  • A copy of a recent bank statement or a reference letter from your bank

RushMyTravelVisa can help you get the documents you need for your trip. We’ll walk you through the paperwork, explaining exactly what you need and answering any questions you may have. Then, we’ll deliver your application to the Mauritanian Embassy for the fastest possible processing.

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Mauritanian Tourist Visa Requirements for Banc d’Arguin National Park

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

This week’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of the week is located in the African desert, in the country of Mauritania. Banc d’Arguin National Park lies along the west coast of  the country. The area is remote, and travelers should read the State Department’s Country-Specific Information page on Mauritania to make sure that they are taking the proper precautions.

However, the park is a paradise for birdwatchers. Located where the desert meets the ocean, Banc d’Arguin National Park shelters a wide variety of birds through the winter, and serves as breeding grounds and nursery for 25,000 and 40,000 pairs of birds representing 15 different species.

Birds that either winter in or nest in the park include flamingos, several species of terns, white pelicans,  plovers, herons and spoonbills.  Sea turtles also nest on the beaches, while dolphins swim in the waters off the coast.

To visit Banc d’Arguin National Park, you will need a Mauritanian visa. Here’s what you’ll need to apply for a tourist visa:

  • 2 completed Mauritanian visa application forms
  • 2 passport photos,
  • An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever
  • Round trip plane tickets or a copy of your itinerary
  • A copy of a recent bank statement or a reference letter from your bank

The US Department of State notes that  your visit may also require a sponsor or an invitation and states that ” Americans who apply for Mauritanian visas are experiencing significant delays, often waiting several months if their applications are approved at all.”

So, it’s important to apply early, and to make sure all of your paperwork is correct. RushMyTravelVisa can help research the visa requirements for your trip, assist you with the paperwork, and forward your application to the appropriate embassy for the fastest possible processing.

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