Mali Travel Vaccines and Advice
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.
Recommended travel vaccinations for Mali
|Traveler’s diarrhea||Contaminated water/food|
|Hepatitis B||Contaminated body fluids|
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
|Yellow Fever||Mosquito bites|
|Meningitis||Usually Airborne Droplets|
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|
|Demonstrations||Risk of violence; Avoid large gatherings|
|Road safety||Extreme caution required|
|Northern Mali/ Bamako||Caution required|
|Border with Ivory Coast||Caution required|
|Fraud||Fraud cases are commonly reported|
|Health||Lassa fever warning|
|Risk level||AVOID ALL TRAVEL|
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.