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Border Rosso Mauretanie to Senegal | Customs and Immigration

Mauritania
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Last Visited: 5 months ago
GPS: 16.508927, -15.811822
Altitude: 33.0 masl
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When you want to drive from Rosso to Diama along the river. Then at the end of Rosso a police officer will ask for your Insurance for Senegal, because the road will not be on Senegal after 30 km, he told us? So he did not let us thrue!
So we crossed the border in Rosso.
We use a Carnet with 25 year old car. So other way I do not know.
We paid CAF 55000 Insurance for our 4x4 valid for multiple countries for 1 month.
Then we paid:
500 ug for boat ticket.
400 ug stamp customs.
150 ug police stamp.
100 ug community tax.
On Senegal side we paid:
3000 CFA police stamp
5000 CFA customs
2000 CFA community tax
So in general you have to pay a lot. (€50) We strongly advice to take the Diama border.
We will cross that border when we travel back next month. We will give an update at that border.

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We were only two people without car going to Senegal, we were expecting a lot of chaos but was easier than we thought.
we had to give passport photocopies at the entrance and then wait somewhere else to get the stamp.
we didn't have to pay for anything else, the ferry for people is free, only cars pay.

Came with a minibus from Nouakchott. I knew about the dodginess of the border so I decided to respond to any unofficial person in Finnish to confuse them. It worked for a while. If you speak any other language than Arabic, French or English, try to confuse them and make them believe that you in no way can speak to them. I was busted when I simply had to respond to an officer that I didn't carry drugs. You will need a photocopy of your passport info page, have it ready. The ferry runs pretty infrequently, so you might take a pirogue (a small fishing boat) like I did. Get stamped out from Mauritania. The same guys who try to take advantage of you will try to make you take your own pirogue for around 500 ouguiyas. They then raised the price to 1000 ouguiyas. Keep in mind that it might be more dangerous to take a boat just for yourself as you never know what the guys come up with. I wouldn't want to get mugged in the middle of the river. I just told them to f*ck off in Finnish and went to the other pirogues with other (local) people. Paid around 50 ouguiyas to get to Senegal. Will write another check-in when going the other direction.

because of rainfall we (2 people and a 4x4) were forced to cross the border at rosso (so NOT try Diama when it's rained one or two days ago!) and did not find the nightmare many describe so we would like to give an update:
1) keep your wits about you. don't pay anything without a receipt, even from the officials.
2) on the Mauretanien side there are lots of gendarmerie present. they are helpful when you ask about the process.

now where to go and what to pay:
only stop right at the entrance gate and only talk to the gendarmerie guy there, give him the copies of passports and passavant and Carter grose
drive through the gates and park in the line for the ferries
go back to the entrance gate. on its right you find the ferry tickets -> 500 ou
stick to the right side and walk until you find the hut that says 'communite de rosso' -> 100 ou (depending on vehicle)
go to the other side to the yellowish building. downstairs and in the outside on the left you have to go for your car. hand over the driver's passport and the carte grise. invent a phone number when asked and take care to take the small white snippet they fill out for you with you (number plate on it) -> did not cost anything
same room next window is passport control -> again no cost
then go upstairs to Duane and show them the passavant,which they keep. only pay after you got the stamp, which serves as a receipt here, from the boss in your driver's passport! -> 400 ou
go to your car and show your ticket and the community tax receipt to the gendarme (!) who also collects the white snippet with the number plate
ready to go!
Senegalese official in uniform collects passports and carte grise on the boat(strange but we got them back...)

senegal:
park car
change money
go to building on the left and stand in the first queue to pay for your car and get back carte grise-> 3000cfa
go around the building for immigration -> free
go to the building on the opposite, whose entrance is on the side where the ferry lands, on the second floor. ask for the boss, explain him how a carnet de passage is stamped and get your stamp without going to Dakar. -> free
leave the building, go to the right of the exit gate and buy insurance -> 12000 CFA for hilux for 1 month (carte brune)
go to guy directly right of exit gate and pay community tax -> 2000cfa
ready to leave!
beware two police controls within 1km of the border

all in all appr. 35 euros and the carnet stamp-> if there is or was rain, rosso is definitely a better option than diama

Whene you want to drive from Rosso to Diama along the river. Then at the end of Rosso a police officer will ask for your Insurance for Senegal, because the road will not be on Senegal after 30 km, he told us? So he did not let us thrue!
So we crossed the border in Rosso.
We use a Carnet with 25 year old car. So other way I do not know.
We paid CAF 55000 Insurance for our 4x4 valid for multiple countries for 1 month.
Then we paid:
500 ug for boat ticket.
400 ug stamp customs.
150 ug police stamp.
100 ug community tax.
On Senegal side we paid:
3000 CFA police stamp
5000 CFA customs
2000 CFA community tax
So in general you have to pay a lot. (€50) We strongly advice to take the Diama border.
We will cross that border when we travel back next month. We will give an update at that border.