Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Security Operations in Mandé Forest

Earlier this week, Malian security forces uncovered a suspected criminal camp near the village of Samanko, approximately 20km southwest of Bamako towards Siby. Numerous rifles and handguns were seized, and security forces came under fire, but no arrests were made. The U.S. Embassy anticipates that Malian military and law enforcement will continue searching the area for suspects. Embassy staff has been advised that as a precautionary measure, no overnight camping or travel will be permitted in the areas between Bamako and Siby until further notice, as security forces are likely to be active in the area. Private U.S. citizens are advised to follow the same precautions.

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.