Entry requirements

This page has information on travelling to Mali.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Mali set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Mali’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate.

All Travellers

You need a visa to enter Mali. You can apply for single and multiple entry visas from the Embassy in Brussels or via the Malian Honorary Consulate in London.

To enter Mali you will need proof of a “complete COVID vaccination” (i.e. usually at least two doses). If you do not have proof of a complete vaccination, you need to present a negative COVID test (PCR) certificate less than 72 hours old.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Provided you meet the above requirements, you are not required to quarantine on arrival.

If you test positive whilst you are in Mali, you are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

Children and young people

British Embassy Bamako has been informed that children under 5 are not required to provide a negative Covid test on arrival at Bamako airport. You should check with your airline before travelling for the most up to date guidance.

If you’re transiting through Mali

Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.

Check with your airline before departing.

Exemptions

There are no exemptions to Mali’s entry requirements.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

Visas

You need a visa to enter Mali. You can apply for single and multiple entry visas from the Embassy in Brussels or via the Malian Honorary Consulate in London.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are not valid for entry into, or transit through, Mali.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

You must have evidence of a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certification on arrival in Mali. You will likely need to present this to health officials at the airport/border crossing.