Foreign travel advice



The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the provinces of Tombouctou, Kidal, Gao and Mopti
  • parts of the provinces of Kayes, Koulikoro and Segou, as shown on the map

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Mali.

On 20 November, there was a terrorist attack against the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, leading to a siege in which a number of hostages were killed. Further attacks are likely. They could occur without warning, and could include western targets. If you’re in Mali, you should be vigilant, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

On 28 December the Malian government agreed to extend a state of emergency until midnight on 31 March 2016. This is due to the heightened possibility of attacks during the holiday period. You should expect a robust security presence including police patrols and possible police security checks on restaurants and hotels. There are likely to be more vehicle and personal security checks during this time and nobody will be exempt.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnap, especially in areas north of Mopti. Attacks are highly likely in northern Mali, though the threat exists throughout the country. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

The situation in Mali is still unstable.

You should maintain several days’ stock of food and water in case disturbances take place. You can monitor daily developments in English through the BBC World Service (88.9 FM in Bamako).

On 7 August, there was an attack by armed men in the town of Sévare in Mopti region. The attack lasted several hours, including a siege at local hotel. Twelve people died, including 2 foreign nationals.

On 6 March, there was a terrorist attack on the restaurant La Terrasse in the capital, Bamako. Five people, including 2 Europeans, were killed and 9 were injured.

The ability of the British Embassy to deliver consular services is limited, especially outside of Bamako. The British Embassy telephone number is +223 44 97 69 13.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.