Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Mali maintain COVID-19 measures and restrictions as of Sept. 25; limited international travel ongoing.

Alert Begins 25 Sep 2020 03:53 PM UTC
Alert Expires 12 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

As of Sept. 25, authorities in Mali are maintaining several of the country’s restrictions and measures introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

International Travel
Authorities reopened air and land borders amid an easing of restrictions July 31. Enhanced screening and quarantine measures are in place to support the resumption of international travel. Incoming travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before travel. Individuals displaying symptoms of the disease will be isolated at the port of entry while a test is conducted. Travelers who test positive will be quarantined at a government facility.

Domestic Measures
Several domestic restrictions remain in place, including:


  • Wearing a facemask in public is compulsory.


  • Public gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited.


  • Social distancing measures are also in place, including the closures of restaurants and entertainment venues.


  • Social distancing measures are in place on public transportation vehicles.


  • Bars and nightclubs remain closed.


Authorities could introduce further preventive measures or ease additional restrictions in the coming days and weeks, depending on the disease activity.

Background and Analysis
Mali's preventative restrictions correspond with similar actions other governments are taking globally in response to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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