Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Bamako, Mali

Location: Bamako, Mali

Event: The U.S. Embassy has received reports of clashes between security forces and protesters near and around the Centre International de Conferences de Bamako (CICB) and the Monument de l’Independance.  Security forces are using tear gas to disperse protesters and vehicle access is being restricted in the area.  National consultations are expected to take place at the CICB from September 10 – 12. The U.S. Embassy has recommended that Embassy personnel avoid this area and seek alternate routes during this time.

The U.S. Embassy cautions that demonstrators may mobilize in other areas without advanced notice and recommends all U.S. citizens remain vigilant.

General: 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 resumed.  The nationwide curfew from 1:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. was cancelled effective September 6.

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

  • Implemented a daily curfew from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am until further notice.
  • Employees have been advised to avoid the CICB and Monument de l’Independance September 10-12 and to be cautious when crossing the bridges.

American citizens are advised to:

  • Avoid the CICB and Monument de l’independence September 10-12
  • 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.