Security Alert – Bamako, Mali

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Bamako, Mali – August 21, 2020

Location: Bamako, Mali

Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of the implementation of a nationwide curfew from midnight to 5:00 am.  While Malian air and land borders were re-opened Friday, August 21, ECOWAS countries announced a closure of their air and land borders with Mali on August 18. Commercial flights into Modibo Keita International Airport in Bamako have not yet resumed.

A demonstration is planned for 2:00 p.m. today at the Monument de l’Independance.  The U.S. Embassy cautions that demonstrators may mobilize in other areas without advanced notice and recommends all U.S. citizens remain vigilant.  Likewise, the U.S. Embassy is recommending its staff to exercise caution, remain indoors, avoid non-essential travel, and respect the nationwide curfew.

The U.S. Embassy has taken the following additional steps in response to the ongoing security threats:

  • Implemented a curfew from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am until further notice.
  • Personnel are recommended to remain indoors during the demonstration, if possible.
  • 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 Monument de l’Independance
  • Respect the nationwide curfew
  • Shelter in place or remain indoors, if possible, during the demonstration
  • 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.