Travel Advice for Mali
Mali
Capital: Bamako

Time Zone GMT
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 223
IDD: International Direct Dialling is limited
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present
Tourist
Information
Ministry of Industry, Handicrafts and Tourism BP 1759, Bemako, Mali,
Tel: 228 058 Fax: 230 261
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all except nationals of Benin Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia in possession of a valid ID or a passport expired not more than five years. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Consult embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except the nationals exempt from passport requirements.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists throughout the year in the falciparum variety. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required by travellers over one year of age arriving from all countries.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera and Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency XOF Franc (XOF Fr) = 100 centimes.
Exchange: should be available from most banks however sufficient time must be allowed. French Franc notes are sometimes accepted in cash transactions.
Limited use of MasterCard and Visa. They are accepted in the capital city only. Travellers cheques: French francs are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Unavailable
Cost of
Living
Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world and is looking to develop a tourist industry.
Languages French and some African languages are also spoken.
Weather Jun - Oct is the rainy season. Oct - Feb = Cool season. Mar - May = Hot season.
Electricity 220 Volts Ac, 50 Hz. Larger towns in Mali have their own locally generated supply.
Post Airmail takes approximately two weeks to Europe. International post is limited to main towns and central post offices.
Transport FLIGHTS: Limited provision.
ROADS: Range from moderate to very bad. Driving can be difficult during the raining season. Police check points frequently interrupt journeys.
Special
Information
There has been a rapid increase in violent incidents in Northern Mali. Three Dutch citizens were found murdered on 7 March in the north-east and Western aid workers have been attacked. The FCO advise against travel in the Kayes region near the border with Mauritania and in the area near the border with Niger. Religious customs should be respected. The people are very proud of their traditions. Discussion of politics should be avoided. Travel to the north of the country should be avoided; and in some cases visitors should only travel in groups.