Mali

Map of Mali

Plugs and Electric in Mali

Electricity

Voltage

220 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Two round pin attachment plug or round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin.

Flights in Mali

Domestic flights in Mali operate between Bamako, Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao and Kayes. These are often delayed, overbooked and cancelled at short notice so bear this in mind if considering moving around the country by air.

Flights from the UK to Mali

There are no direct flights to Mali from the UK. Air France and Royal Air Marocoperate daily services from Paris and Casablanca. The majority of international flights land in Bamako although flights operated by Point-Afrique also arrive at Mopti and Gao airports.

Air France flights from United Kingdom to Mali

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Air France fly daily from London Heathrow via Paris to Bamako.  Flights take approximately 8 hours 30 minutes depending on connections.

Royal Air Maroc flights from United Kingdom to Mali

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Royal Air Maroc fly daily from London Heathrow to Bamako via Casablanca.  Flying time is approximately 9 hours 30 minutes, depending on connections.

Weather in Mali

The climate of Mali is split into distinct wet and dry seasons and varies considerably from north to south with arid desert conditions in the north (part of the Sahara) and wetter conditions in the south of the country. In the more populated southern part of the country, savannah with tall grasses is common, giving way to Sahel then Sahara.

Winters months are dry and perfect for travel. Summers are rainy. Rains arrive first, and in greater amounts, in the south, and later in much smaller amounts in the north. However, rainfall is not very dependable. When it does rain, it often comes in torrential downpours. During the dry winter season, days are generally in the mid-70s F. At night it can get extremely cold. During the April to June dry season, daytime temperatures become much hotter, often surpassing 90°F, as hot, dry winds blow from the northeast. These winds are known as the harmattan. They are followed by the wet season, when daytime temperatures become slightly cooler, usually in the mid-80s F.

Best Time to Visit Mali

At present the British Foreign Office advice against ALL travel to Mali.  Please refer to the Foreign Office website for indepth and current information.

Money Advice for Mali

Local Currency

CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF)

General Advice

The West African CFA can be used in several other West African countries. It is not compatible with the Central African CFA and is directly linked to the Euro.

Money Exchange

Money can be changed in the majority of Mali’s banks although the process can often be time consuming.  Large supermarkets and upmarket restaurants will often change cash for you.

ATM Availability

There are very few ATM machines in the country, though they do exist in larger towns and cities.  For more information check the Visa ATM locator, theMasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

These are not yet widely accepted in the country and should not be relied upon.

Other Information

CFA notes are available in 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 denominations. Coins are available in 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 denominations.

Entry Requirements for Mali

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.
Canada A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.
Denmark A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.
Ireland A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.
Netherlands A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.
New Zealand A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.
South Africa A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.
United States A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.
United Kingdom A visa is required for visits to Mali. This should be obtained before departure and passport must be valid for six months. You will need two application forms, two passport size photographs, guarantee letter, character reference, and your passport to apply. The visa will take 10-15 days to issue. This visa is valid for a stay of one month & is valid for 2 months after date of issue.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport in Mali

Buses

Buses operate between all major towns.  Booking in advance is recommended. Journey times vary and are made much longer due to frequent police checks.

Taxis

Taxis are available in all major towns. Always agree the fare before you start your journey.

Car Hire

Cars can be hired in Bamako, however it is generally not recommended to hire a car and self-drive unless you are experienced in driving in Africa. One of the best ways to experience Mali is on an organised tour, or by hiring a car with driver.

Driving

Driving is on the right hand side in Mali.  Only the major roads are tarmaced.  Other roads can become impassable in the wet season.  Police check points are frequent.

Trains

Trains operate in western Mali between Bamako and Kayes.  First class and cramped second class seats are available. Most trains have a bar/restaurant.  Trains rarely run on time and are frequently late.

Boats

Boat travel is possible on the Niger River during the wet season only (August to December) when water levels are highest.  Large passenger ferries make the journey between Bamako, Koroume (stopping point for Timbuktu) and Gao.  These ferries make frequent stops and the whole journey should take a couple of days, but regularly take twice as long.

Both private and public pirogues and pinasse ply the river and make an interesting way to see the country.

Other

Travel by road is possible from the neighbouring countries of Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Niger and Mauritania.

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