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

Location:  Bamako, Mali

Event: Demonstrations and civil disobedience continue in the Badalobougou neighborhood and throughout Bamako. Many of these demonstrations have turned violent resulting in the burning of tires, clashes with the police, blockage on the roads and bridges, the deployment of tear gas, and small arms fire. There have been reports of several deaths and injuries.

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

  • A curfew has been implemented for Embassy staff from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily
  • The Badalabougou and Sema neighborhoods are temporarily off limits for non-mission critical travel
  • 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 Badalabougou and Sema neighborhoods
  • Exercise caution if traveling, especially when crossing the bridges
  • Do not attempt to drive through protests or roadblocks
  • Do not travel late at night
  • 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.