Foreign travel advice



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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.

The US Embassy in Bamako has issued a warning to its citizens of the threat of terrorist attack against large gatherings, including music festivals. The Festival au Désert in Timbuktu was recently cancelled due to security concerns. Festivals in other parts of the country are vulnerable to attack.

On 18 January 2017, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated inside a military camp in Gao, northern Mali. Over 50 people, including Malian armed forces and UN contractors were killed.

On 30 July 2016 fighting between Platform and CMA militias broke out in Tassik an area 40km south of Kidal causing a number of fatalities and injuries.

On 30 July 2016 demonstrations against the clearance of illegal businesses in the centre of Bamako turned violent and a number of people were injured. The government has said that the clearing up process will continue and more demonstrations are planned. You should avoid any gatherings such as local markets and densely populated commercial districts.

On 21 March 2016 there was an incident, where shots were fired at the Nord Sud hotel in the ACI 2001 district of Bamako. Further attacks are likely, could occur without warning and include western targets. You should remain vigilant, exercise caution, follow the advice of the local authorities and monitor local media.

On 20 November 2015, there was a terrorist attack against the Radisson Hotel in Bamako in which a number of hostages were killed.

On 4 April 2016, the Malian government agreed to re-introduce a state of emergency. This has been extended until 29 March 2017. 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

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).

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

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.