Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of Continued Threat of Attacks in Mali

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali
Security Message for U.S. Citizens
Reminder of Continued Threat of Attacks in Mali
December 29, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako reminds U.S. citizens of the continued threat of attacks against hotels, restaurants, and bars frequented by Westerners, particularly in the cities of Bamako and Gao.

In light of the continued threat of attacks, the U.S. Embassy has recommended that U.S. mission personnel avoid public gatherings, events, and celebrations through the New Year’s holiday.

U.S. citizens should avoid public locations with poor security measures, be vigilant, and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
The Department of State advises against all travel to Mali in its Travel Warning for Mali. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.
For further information:

• Please review the Travel Warning for Mali issued on June 29, 2017. Also check the U.S. Embassy Bamako website and the Mali Country Specific Information.
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
• Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mali on Twitter and Facebook.
• Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297, at +223 20 70 23 00 at 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday – Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +223 66 75 95 79 or +223 66 75 28 60.
• General information may be found on the State Department’s travel website, including the Worldwide Caution of December 6th, 2017.
• 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).