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GLOBAL HEALTH ALERT

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 – May 26, 2020

The Embassy is not currently planning to organize any additional flights to the United States; however, the Embassy will remain in close contact with the airlines to encourage commercial flight options. Should any additional flights become available, information will be announced through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you are not already enrolled in STEP, please register at step.state.gov. Read More

COUNTRY SPECIFIC INFORMATION

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

The Government of Mali has implemented the following measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Schools and universities are closed until May 9, 2020.
  • Sporting events, festivals, and gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned, and bars and nightclubs have also been closed.
  • There is a daily curfew from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.
  • Vehicle occupancy has been restricted to promote social distancing.
  • The work schedule for all government offices (with the exception of defense, security, and health) has been reduced to 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The General Directorate for Commerce and Competition set price limits for essential goods, including sugar, rice, cooking oil, and bread.
  • Operating hours of grocery stores, neighborhood shops, and open-air markets are limited through June 30, 2020. Open-air markets (including vegetable stands and livestock markets) are open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Supermarkets and other food stores are open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Small neighborhood shops are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

On March 20, 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 have created for U.S. citizens who need to get United States. We are exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions.  All information about flights to the United States is announced through the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) program.  If you have not done so, please enroll in STEP which enables the Embassy to contact you with updated information.

Effective May 4, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako cancelled 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.

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has severely limited its passport operations. If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, including passports and consular reports of birth abroad, you should expect significant delays receiving your document.  Contact us at ACSBamako@state.gov to check the status of your passport or citizenship document.

In an emergency, the U.S. Embassy can assist with an emergency passport for an adult or a minor. For emergency passport services, please contact us at ACSBamako@state.gov to schedule an appointment.

Effective March 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Bamako suspended routine nonimmigrant visa appointments. Visit the Visas section of the embassy website for updates.

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. Take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Consider wearing a cloth face covering and/or gloves as a reminder to avoid touching your face (these items will not filter viruses). Consult recent CDC guidelines on cloth face coverings for more information.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces (including seats).

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

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