COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 03/04/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • The Government of Mali has announced that as of March 3, 2021, there were 8,446 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mali, including 357 deaths and 6,418 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 United States, check with your airline regarding restrictions and COVID-19 testing requirements for Mali, the United States, and any countries through which you intend to transit or travel to and from Mali.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Mali? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email: ACSBamako@state.gov
  • Travelers can obtain COVID-19 tests at local facilities in Bamako, including:
    • Institut National de Santé Publique (INSP), Hippodrome
      • Tel (223) 20 21 43 20
      • 35,000 CFA – next day results
    • Polyclinic Pasteur, ACI 2000 Hamdallaye
      • Tel (223) 20 29 10 10 / 20 29 14 38
      • 55,000 CFA (from 9.30 to 12:00) – next day results
      • Rapid tests may also be available for same day results
    • Golden Life Hospital, Badalabougou
      • Tel (223) 20 22 11 11
      • 55,000 CFA (from 8:00 to 5:00) – next day results
  • Fees for the test must be paid for by the traveler. The U.S. Embassy does not provide testing or cover the cost of testing for private U.S. citizens.
  • You must carry your test results with you during your travel.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Mali approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • For information on local availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in Mali, please check the Ministry of Health’s website.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

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; and
    • 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.
  • For visa extensions for residents or tourists, please consult local government offices directly for the latest regulations, which are subject to change with little or no notice due to current circumstances and may vary depending on the specifics of your case.

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.

Transportation Options

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

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Bamako provides routine processing of U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications, and notarial services. For more information, please visit our U.S. Citizen Services page.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Bamako provides diplomatic and official visa services, as well as visas for emergency and urgent travel to the United States. For more information, please visit our Visas page.

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