Mali Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Mali Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Mali, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Mali is found off the tourist track although it hosts a mixture of extraordinary landscapes and unique cultures. The north of the country stands out for its vast dunes, whilst its savannah landscapes characterize the south. Mali is also home to many traditional villages nestled in the wilderness. Hike the cliff tops of Bandiagara to enjoy a moment of utter bliss. You will also be able to admire the beauty of Malian landscapes during a boat trip on the Niger or a camel ride from Timbuktu. Beyond its idyllic nature, Mali is a proud cultural and artistic centre. Make sure to coincide your visit with one of the most fascinating events in the country: The Crossing of the Cattle.

While traveling to Mali, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
A beautiful marina in Mali

Recommended travel vaccinations for Mali

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
MeningitisUsually Airborne Droplets
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Mali

MedicationAdditional Information
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Current Weather in Mali


Medical Care in Mali

It is important to update your vaccinations before arriving in Mali, especially if travelling with children. Although Mali hosts many tourists, it is important to be aware that there are limited medical facilities offered in the country. Among recommended medical institutions, the University Hospital Center Point G and The Gabriel Toure University Hospital Center in Bamako provide quality care.

You can find basic drugs everywhere in Mali, and pharmacies are well supplied. However, keep your first aid kit with you at all points on your trip.

You can contact emergency medical services by dialling 15.

Is Mali Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Caution required in Bamako; Carjacking risk in the north
Kidnapping High risk
Demonstrations Risk of violence; Avoid large gatherings
Road safety Extreme caution required
Public transportation Unreliable
Northern Mali/ Bamako Caution required
Border with Ivory Coast Caution required
Fraud Fraud cases are commonly reported
Health Lassa fever warning
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Mali?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Mali. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to Mali information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Mali
Street Address:
Immeuble Séméga, Route de Koulikoro,
Commune II, Bamako, Mali

Tel.: +223 44 98 04 50
Fax: +223 44 98 04 55

Email: [email protected]

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