Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Awareness

Holiday Security Awareness

 July 9, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to inform U.S. citizens of the potential for increased crime and terrorist threats surrounding the upcoming local holiday (Bastille Day) and the end of Ramadan celebrations, scheduled this year for July 14-18.  Typically, there is an increase in burglary and petty theft, such as pickpocketing, during this time of year.

U.S. citizens should review their personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  You should maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.

The recent terrorist attacks in Misseni (June 10), Nara (June 27), and Fakola (June 28) are an important reminder that such attacks can occur anywhere, not just in the north of Mali.  Recent media reporting suggests that Ansar al Dine and other extremist and criminal groups seek to conduct further terrorists attacks in Mali, including Bamako.  The posturing of local security forces throughout Bamako indicates that the Government of Mali is also vigilant this time of year.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the 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.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Mali, 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.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).