Location: Bamako and Kati, Mali
Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of gunfire and unrest in the area of Kati, as well as ongoing police/military operations in Bamako. There have been multiple reports of gunfire throughout the city as well as reports of soldiers driving in trucks and firing their weapons in the air. There are continued reports of demonstrators gathered at the Monument de l’Independance. The U.S. recommends all U.S. citizens avoid these areas, if possible. Likewise, the U.S. Embassy is recommending its staff to exercise caution, remain in doors, and avoid non-essential travel.
The U.S. Embassy has taken the following additional steps in response to the ongoing security threats:
- Consular services at the U.S. Embassy were suspended for August 18.
- Personnel are recommended to remain indoors.
- Employees have been advised to avoid any unnecessary travel until further notice and to be cautious when crossing the bridges.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid the Kati area and the Monument de l’Independance
- Shelter in place, if possible
- Continue to exercise vigilance while in Mali
- Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
- Review your personal security plans
- Keep a low profile
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Keep some form of communication with you
- Monitor local media for updates
- U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali
+223 20 70 23 00
+223 66 75 28 60 (after-hours emergencies)
- State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs
+1 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information for Mali.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.