Do not travel to Mali because of crimes, terrorism, and removal.
On July 29, 2022, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and their family members due to the increased risk of terrorist attacks in areas frequented by Westerners. The U.S. Embassy continues to have limited capacity to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Mali.
Country Summary: Violent crime, such as kidnapping and armed robbery, is common in Mali. Violent crime is of particular concern during local holidays and seasonal events in Bamako, its suburbs, and southern regions of Mali. Roadblocks and random police checkpoints are commonplace across the country, especially at night.
Terrorist and armed groups continue to plan kidnappings and attacks in Mali. They can attack with little or no warning, targeting nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, international diplomatic missions, and other places frequented by Westerners. Attacks can target Malian government offices, infrastructure or places frequented by Westerners.
The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in most of Mali, as travel by U.S. government employees outside of Bamako is restricted for security reasons.
Due to the risks to civil aviation operating in or near Mali, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM). For more information, US citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration Prohibitions, Restrictions and Advisories.
Read the country information page for more information on traveling to Mali.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that Mali has a low level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest travel health information related to your trip.
If you decide to travel to Mali:
· Visit our website for travel to high-risk areas.
· Write a will and name appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney.
· Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, possessions, possessions, non-cash assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.
· Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so they can manage your affairs if you cannot return to the United States as planned. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
· Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization, or consider consulting a professional security organization.
· Develop a communication plan with your family and/or your employer or host organization so that they can monitor your safety and location when traveling to high-risk areas. This plan should specify who you would contact first and how they should share information.
Identify the main possible sources of assistance for you and your family in an emergency, such as the local US embassy or consulate, the FBI, the State Department, your employer (if you are traveling on business) and your local friends/family in high risk areas.
Be sure to designate a family member to serve as a point of contact with hostage takers, media, U.S. and host nation government agencies, and members of Congress if you are taken hostage or detained.
Establish a proof of life protocol with your loved ones so that if you are taken hostage, your loved ones know specific questions and answers to ask the hostage takers to make sure you are alive and to rule out a prank.
· Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case your family needs access to them.
· Keep your passport and wallet in crowded outdoor spaces and open-air markets.
· Watch out for pickpockets, especially at night.
· Use all security measures available in your home or hotel, including permanently locking doors and windows and setting the alarm.
· If the police ask you to stop, stop only in well-lit areas or in places where several officers are stationed.
· Delete photos, comments or other sensitive material from your social media pages, cameras, laptops and other electronic devices that may be considered controversial or provocative by local groups.
· Leave behind your expensive/sentimental things.
· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and help locate you in the event of an emergency.
· Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
· Review the country security report for Mali.
· Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the traveler’s checklist.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel and read the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.