COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information:

Last updated: 11/18/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Government of Mali has announced that as of November 17, 2020 there were 3,980 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mali, including 141 deaths and 2,972 recoveries.
  • The Government of Mali has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to go into effect with little or no advanced notice.
  • Check with your airline prior to travel regarding restrictions and COVID-19 testing requirements for Mali and for any countries through which you intend to travel to and from Mali.  You may be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to departing Mali.
  • Certain U.S. visa holders may be restricted from entry into the U.S. when traveling from or through the Schengen Zone, the United Kingdom, or Ireland.  Before you reserve your return ticket from Mali to the U.S., please see U.S. Visa News.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, incoming air travelers are required to:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Complete a form with contact information, travel history and health symptoms. The form is available online at sante.gov.ml and www.anac-mali.org.
  • Present a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than seven days prior to arrival in Mali.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

  • Any passenger who arrives without a negative COVID-19 test result or with a COVID-19 test result dated more than seven days before arrival will have their travel documents retained by airport officials and will be subjected to testing. Travelers must self-quarantine at home or at a hotel at their expense until the test result is available.  Anyone suspected of having COVID-19, despite presenting a negative COVID-19 test result, will be subject to testing.  If test results are positive, that person’s travel documents will be retained, and the traveler will be put into isolation at a government of Mali facility.  The travel documents will be returned once the patient is deemed free of COVID-19.
  • Travelers should be prepared for changes to entry requirements with little or no advanced notice.
  • Check with your airline regarding restrictions and COVID-19 testing requirements for Mali and for any countries through which you intend to travel to and from Mali.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
  • Any person who does not have a valid negative COVID-19 test result or is suspected of having COVID-19 will be isolated at the border and a COVID-19 test will be conducted.

COVID-19 Testing

  • COVID-19 testing is offered at local hospitals in Bamako, the fee is 55,000 CFA. Visit the Malian Ministry of Health website for updated information on COVID-19 in Mali.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Consular Operations:

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako has canceled all routine passport, notary, and consular report of birth abroad appointments. If you are in need of an emergency appointment, please email us at ACSBamako@state.gov.

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako has suspended routine nonimmigrant visa appointments. Visit the Visas section of the Embassy website for updates.

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