COVID-19 Information


The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe. Read More

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali – April 6, 2020

The Government of Mali has announced that as of April 6 there are 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mali, including five deaths. The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is aware of the hardship current travel restrictions have created for U.S. citizens who need to return to the United States. The U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions and remains in close contact with the airlines regarding commercial flight options. At this time, there are no flights scheduled, and the U.S. Embassy is not currently organizing any repatriation flights.  All information about future flights to the United States will be announced through the Smart Read More


There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mali. Visit the Malian Ministry of Health for updated information on the number of cases and the Malian government’s response.

The Government of Mali has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools and universities are closed until April 9, 2020. Sporting events, festivals, gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned, and bars and nightclubs have also been closed. The government has imposed a curfew from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily.

The Government of Mali has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective March 20 at midnight, the Government of Mali prohibited flights coming from countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Additionally, the Malian government has closed all land borders to passenger vehicle traffic while allowing cargo and freight.

The Embassy is aware of the hardship airport restrictions created for U.S. citizens who need to get United States. We are exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions.   If you have not done so, please enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) which enables the Embassy to contact you with updated information.  The Embassy is compiling a list of travelers interested in flights to the U.S. If you want to return to the U.S., please send an email to to indicate your interest.

Effective March 18, U.S. Embassy Bamako suspended routine nonimmigrant visa appointments.  Visit the Visas section of the embassy website for updates. Routine and emergency American citizen services continue to be offered on a limited basis. Visit the U.S. Citizens Services section of the website to schedule an appointment.

Due to the possibility of an extended disruption, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

Note – the Embassy has received reports of imposters claiming to be with the Malian Ministry of Health offering to spray residences for COVID-19.  American citizens in Mali should stay vigilant against individuals that may use uncertainty related to COVID-19 for personal gain.


The Government of Mali has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers who presented themselves in Mali prior to airport and border closures were subject to a systematic temperature measurement, as well as the recommendations of the Government of Mali on measures of self-isolation, individual and collective hygiene, and a toll free number (36 0 61).

Travelers arriving with fever (temperature above 37.5 degrees C/99.5 degrees F) from countries severely affected by COVID-19 and were subjected to self-isolation for 14 days and received daily follow-up by a Government of Mali medical team.

The Government of Mali is coordinating COVID-19 tests and monitoring the situation with the assistance of international public health partners.