Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali – July 15, 2020
Event: Ongoing COVID-19 Response
The Government of Mali has announced that as of July 14, 2020 there are 2,423 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mali, including 121 deaths and 1,748 recoveries.
The Government of Mali has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The government has prohibited flights coming from countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19. This led to cancellations of commercial flights into and out of Mali. The airport will remain closed to commercial flights through at least the end of July. The Malian government has also closed land borders to passenger traffic. Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to go into effect with little or no advance notice.
The Government of Mali has taken the following additional steps:
- 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 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.
- The daily curfew imposed on March 26, 2020 was lifted on May 9, 2020.
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 ACSBamako@state.gov.
If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport. Contact us at ACSBamako@state.gov to check the status of your passport or citizenship document (such as a CRBA).
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.
No additional flights to the United States are planned; however, the Embassy continues to encourage the airlines to provide commercial flight options. Should any additional flights become available, information will be provided through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you are not already enrolled in STEP, please register at step.state.gov.
Due to the possibility of an extended disruption, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
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:
- Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the most up-to-date information.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Review the Malian Ministry of Health’s website.
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.