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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 second round of the presidential elections took place on Sunday 12 August 2018 and results were announced on Thursday 16 August. There have been reports of election related attacks across the country. Although some recent election related demonstrations have been peaceful others have turned violent. Further demonstrations are likely and you should avoid them as well as large gatherings and political meetings. Exercise caution and limit your movements during this period, monitor the media and avoid demonstrations. You should consider making personal contingency plans in case of unrest. Keep up to date with this travel advice by subscribing to email alerts.

A march to protest the outcome of the presidential elections is expected to take place in Bamako on Saturday 18 August. The organisers of the march have indicated that it will start at 8am at the Place de la Liberté headed in the direction of the Bourse du Travail and passing through the city centre. You should stay away from all demonstrations and any blockades set up by the security forces.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Mali, including kidnaps. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should be vigilant, especially in places such as hotels, restaurants and places of worship, keep a low profile and follow the advice of local authorities.

On 18 June 2017, there was a terrorist attack at Le Campement Resort, Kangaba, which resulted in multiple casualties.

On 9 June 2017, the US Embassy in Bamako issued a security message warning of an increased threat of attacks in Bamako.

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

There’s a threat of terrorist attacks against large gatherings, including music festivals. The Festival au Désert in Timbuktu was cancelled in January 2017 due to security concerns. Festivals in other parts of the country are vulnerable to attack. See Terrorism

On 21 October 2017 the Malian government extended the state of emergency that has been in existence since November 2015 by a year, until 31 October 2018. 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.

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).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The ability of the small British Embassy to deliver consular services is limited, especially outside Bamako.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.