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


Bamako and Kati Mali


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 are also reports of demonstrators gathering 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 shelter-in-place for the afternoon of August 18.  All passport, visa, and other consular services at the U.S. Embassy are cancelled for the rest of the day.

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

  • Consular services at the U.S. Embassy have been suspended for August 18.
  • A shelter in place warning is currently in effect.
  • 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 – 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.