Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali

Location: Mali

Event: Ongoing COVID-19 Response

The Government of Mali has announced that as of August 5, 2020 there are 2,546 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mali, including 124 deaths and 1,950 recoveries.

The government announced the resumption of commercial air travel effective July 25, 2020 and the reopening of land borders to passenger traffic on July 31, 2020. 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.

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 and
  • Present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days prior to arrival in Mali.

Any person suspected of having COVID-19 will be isolated at the airport and a COVID-19 test will be conducted.  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 COVID-19-free through subsequent testing. Any passenger who arrives more than seven days following a negative COVID-19 test 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.

Incoming passengers at the land points of entry are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days prior to arrival at the border. Any person who does not have a valid certificate and/or is suspected of having COVID-19 will be isolated at the border and a COVID-19 test will be conducted.

Outgoing passengers are also required to present a negative COVID-19 test.

The cost of the test is 35,000 CFA at the public testing sites.

The Government of Mali has taken the following additional steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Face masks are mandatory in public.
  • Schools and universities have allowed students with mandatory exams to return, but schools remain closed to most students.
  • Sporting events, festivals, and gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned, and bars and night clubs have also been closed.
  • Vehicle occupancy has been restricted to promote social distancing.
  • The General Directorate for Commerce and Competition set price limits for essential goods, including sugar, rice, cooking oil, and bread.

Visit the Malian Ministry of Health website for updated information on COVID-19 in Mali.

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

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

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. The CDC has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice.

Actions to Take:


  • U.S. Embassy Bamako
    ACI 2000
    Rue 243, Porte 297
    Bamako, Mali
    +223 20 70 23 00
    +223 66 75 28 60 (after-hours emergencies)
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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