Message for U.S. Citizens: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Updated U.S. Travel Restrictions

The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this message to update U.S. citizens on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) U.S. travel restrictions.  This replaces our October 28 message on this subject and confirms that the travel restrictions previously announced for travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea—post-arrival monitoring and authorized arrival in the United States at only five designated U.S. airports—now apply to travelers from Mali.

Effective today, people arriving in the United States whose travel began in Mali will be subject to the same enhanced screening, health and EVD-exposure assessment, and symptoms monitoring, that are already employed for travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  In addition, all travelers entering the United States from Mali will be subject to the 21-day monitoring and movement protocols now in effect for travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with twice daily temperature and symptom checks in coordination with state or local public health authorities.

In addition, all travelers from Mali must now enter the United States at one of five designated airports:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport – New York, NY
  • Washington Dulles International Airport – Washington, D.C.
  • Newark Liberty International Airport – Newark, NJ
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Chicago, IL
  • Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Atlanta, GA

Travelers from Mali should consult the DHS website for the most up-to-date information in advance of travel, as guidance may change without notice: 

While there has been no confirmation of state-imposed quarantines on travelers from Mali, any traveler who has had direct contact with someone who is infected with EVD while in Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea should expect that additional measures may be imposed on them.  Travelers from Mali should consult state public health authorities in their state(s) of transit or/or destination for the most up-to-date information in advance of travel, as guidance may change without notice.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mali despite the Travel Warning enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Mali.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter andFacebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297.  The Consular Section can be contacted at +223 2070 2505, or via email at  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at +223 2070 2301 or 2070 2302.