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Mali is comprised of arid desert landscapes, bustling cities and isolated rural communities tucked away in rocky desert hills.
Mali is home to some of Africa’s most noteworthy landmarks, including the mosque of Djenne. The structure is made almost entirely of mud, appearing almost sandcastle-like. It has been praised by some architects as one of the greatest creations of its time.
Unfortunately, this country of marvels, was invaded by Islamist fighters in 2012. The Islamist’s seized a handful of towns, some of which were later recaptured by the French.
Then, in 2015, Islamists attacked a hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako. Since the attack, Mali has seen ongoing acts of terrorism and medium to extreme criminal violence.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Mali. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Mali: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza.
Mali does have a few other health concerns including:
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
The first known cholera outbreak in Mali occurred in the 1970’s when almost all Africa was hit with the disease. Since then, outbreaks have been sporadic, most notably happening in 2003, 2006 and 2013.
Considering outbreaks have been consistent in recent years, it is recommended that travelers are vaccinated for cholera prior to coming into the country.
Passport Health’s travel clinics carry VaxChora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Book your cholera vaccination appointment today by calling or book online now.
Traveler’s to Mali must have a visa for entry. This visa must be obtained before arrival to Mali.
To avoid any issues entering or leaving the country, passports should be valid for three months after exit.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to Mali.
For more information, see our Mali visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Mali boasts one of the hottest climates in the world. With its central location in Africa, almost the entire country experiences long, scorching summers. The cooler season occurs from October to February, and rainfall will be more prevalent in June and July.
The U.S. Department of State warns against all travel to Mali, either for business or pleasure.
Due to recent intermittent terrorist activity throughout the country, it is unsafe for travel. If you must travel to Mali, plan all travel once landing ahead of time with a trusted source and stay in populated cities. Don’t travel alone during the day or night if it can be helped.
According to the U.S. Department of State, the potential for attacks is high throughout the entire country and reminds. Travelers should stay vigilant and aware of their surroundings, and exercise caution.
Violent extremist groups target foreign travelers so it is highly recommended to avoid all travel in Mali. But, if it is necessary, to exercise extreme caution.
Most dishes in Mali as well as the majority of Africa are cereal-based with rice, millet, sorghum or fonio. Most meals are accompanied by a protein, most commonly fish or poultry.
The country’s warm climate means a short shelf-life for most food items. In more impoverished areas, kitchens may be sanitarily lacking. It is best to consume foods that are less likely to spoil in the heat or be exposed to unsanitary water such as rice, millet and some fruits and vegetables.
The Bandiagara Cliffs are located outside the city of Mopti. The cliffs are located a short, scenic hike through Dogon Country. Groups of houses and old ruins have been etched into the sides of the mountain face. Many have raved about the beauty and impressive level of architectural skills that have gone into creating the cliffs.
Besides clothing items that shield from the heat and occasional rain storms, there are other items that are recommended for a trip to Mali:
The U.S. Embassy is in Bamako, the capital, and provide a range of American Citizen services such as passports and consular reports of birth abroad. For non emergency services, be sure to call ahead and make an appointment before coming in
U.S. Embassy Bamako
Rue 243, Porte 297
Telephone: +(223) 2070-2300
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(223) 6675-2860
Fax: (223) 2070-2340
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