There are few facilities for tourists, except in the capital, and travel is difficult outside of Nouakchott. Most visitors need a valid passport and visa; the visa requirement is waived for French and Italian nationals, citizens of Arab League countries, and citizens of the former French territories in Africa. Yellow fever and cholera immunizations are recommended.
Tourists are attracted to Atar, the ancient capital of the Almoravid kingdom, and Chinguetti, with houses and mosques dating back to the 13th century. In 1999, tourism brought in about US $28 million.
According to 2002 US government estimates, the daily cost of staying in Nouadhibou is $57. The cost of staying in Nouakchott is about $95 per day.