The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is issuing this security message to inform U.S. citizens of current political events in Mali.
Last night, April 6, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) reached an agreement with the coup leaders currently in control of Mali with a view toward returning power to civilian authority. ECOWAS authorities have raised the prospect of lifting sanctions, but this has not yet occurred. While the agreement looks like a positive development, the means for establishing a transition government have yet to be determined. There have been no changes to a Department of State decision to authorize the departure of non-emergency personnel and eligible family members of U.S. Embassy personnel, and remaining departures will continue in spite of the announced agreement.
Although Senou International Airport in Bamako is open and land borders may open should sanctions be lifted, the U.S. Department of State continues strongly to urge U.S. citizens in Mali to consider their own personal security and contingency plans, including the option of temporarily departing Mali.
U.S. Citizens should also review the most recent Travel Warning on Mali issued by the Department of State on March 27, 2012, warning U.S. citizens of the risk of traveling to Mali. The Embassy is open for most regular business, with the exception of the Information Resource Center.
The consular section is open from 08:00-16:00 hrs. for American Citizen Services only. U.S. citizens should review their passports and other legal documentation to ensure they are current and up to date. All U.S. passports should have at least three months validity remaining. The Embassy will announce when it will resume normal Non-Immigrant Visa services.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bamako web site. You can get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates: 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or from other countries on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).
You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.
If you are going to live in or travel to Mali, despite the existing Travel Warning please take the time to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at +223 2070 2301 or 2070 2302.