Mali Travel Advice, Embassies & Tourist Offices

Travel Advice

Last updated: 02 March 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit


There have been incidents of armed banditry, car-jacking, and kidnap in northern Mali. Bandits and smugglers are particularly active across the Mali-Algeria, Mali-Burkina Faso, Mali-Mauritania and Mali-Niger borders and pose a real risk to travellers, especially after dark.

The Malian authorities have provided the following numbers in case of emergencies:

  • 80 00 11 14
  • 80 00 11 15
  • 20 22 13 35
  • 20 23 95 15
  • 20 23 95 11

Local travel

Although the ongoing international military intervention has regained control of the major northern cities of Mali, the situation there remains tense and there is a high risk of retaliatory action by terrorist groups. You should not travel in the north of Mali, including the cities/towns of Gao, Timbuktu, Kidal and In Khalil and surrounding areas under any circumstances.

Landmines have been used by groups operating in North and North East Mali.

Travel in Mali can be difficult and conditions are poor for overland travel. You should take all necessary safety precautions, especially outside of main urban areas, have confidence in your security arrangements and maintain a high level of vigilance.

Road travel

Night-time checkpoints continue to operate in Bamako, largely controlling access to military and Government facilities. Checkpoints are in place from approximately 9pm until dawn.

You should keep vehicle and personal identification documents with you at all times while travelling by road. Approach security checkpoints slowly and comply with instructions given.

Road conditions off the main roads are often poor, especially in the rainy season (June to September). Other road users may drive dangerously. You should take particular care and attention when driving in urban centres.

Air travel

The airport in Bamako is open. Commercial flights travelling into and out of the country are operating.

Political situation

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) and his new government took office in September 2013, following national elections.

US information service

You may wish to take advantage of an information service run by the US Embassy which provides important security updates by SMS. If you would like the US Embassy to contact you directly, send your mobile number to: You should identify yourself as a British national when registering.