Security Message for U.S. Citizens Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) U.S. Travel Restrictions (Update)

The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this message to update U.S. citizens on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) U.S. travel restrictions.  This message replaces the November 17 and 18 messages on this subject.

Effective on January 7, U.S. travel restrictions for travelers from Mali will no longer apply.  Travelers from Mali will no longer be required to undergo enhanced screening and monitoring when entering the United States, nor will they be required to enter the country through the five designated airports that perform this screening.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has also removed the Alert Level 2 Travel Notice for Mali, which advised travelers to practice enhanced precautions when visiting Mali.

Travelers departing Mali will remain subject to outbound screening measures, and anyone traveling from Mali who arrived in the United States before January 7, must continue active monitoring and report any symptoms for 21 days after leaving Mali.

Travelers from Mali should consult the CDC and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website for the most up-to-date information in advance of travel, as guidance may change without notice.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mali despite the Travel Warning enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Mali.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297.  The Consular Section can be contacted at +223 2070 2505, or via email at  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at +223 2070 2301 or 2070 2302.