U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Mali

Published by January 30, 2013

Due to ongoing fighting and threats of attacks and kidnappings, the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for Mali.

Those who continue to travel despite the warning may want to consider a travel insurance plan that includes non-medical evacuation benefits, which can provide transportation from a place of danger to a place of safety during times of political or civil unrest.

There are increased security risks associated with the state of emergency declared by the Malian government and they have taken extreme measures to combat the crisis in the northern region. Many companies and organizations have taken the precaution of suspending operations due to unstable conditions.

U.S. citizens should be mindful of imposed curfews as well as any other safety or security measures required by the Malian government. Travelers should pay attention to local news and comply with government imposed restrictions. They should also take appropriate security precautions and maintain awareness of their surroundings at all times.

Travelers can register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the most up-to-date emergency information. More details on this program, as well as updated security information can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s website.