Basic Travel Advice
We advise against all travel to Mali. The Government of Mali declared a State of Emergency across the whole country with effect from midnight on 12 January. We advise Irish Citizens to leave the country if you do not have an essential reason to stay.
There is a high risk of kidnappings and terrorist attacks in Mali. For this reason, the Department of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to the northern part of Mali, including the provinces of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, Koulikoro (north of the town of Mourdiah), Segou (north of the town of Niono), Mopti and the border areas with Mauritania, Algeria and Niger. We urge travellers to exercise a high degree of caution in other areas of Mali.
All Irish citizens intending to travel to or reside in this country are strongly advised to register their details with the Department of Foreign Affairs. The Travel Registration system is available here .
It is imperative that all intending travellers purchase highly-comprehensive travel and personal medical insurance prior to leaving Ireland. Travellers should ensure that the insurance policy includes cover for acts of terrorism and for the cost of medical evacuation by air to Ireland. You should fully understand the terms and conditions, check for exclusions and ensure that your policy covers all specialised activities you wish to undertake whilst travelling.
Please be advised that the Irish Government assumes no responsibility whatsoever for expenses incurred by Irish citizens as a result of a personal emergency whilst travelling.
Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in this country. As such, it is not possible for us to provide detailed travel advice as we have no way of objectively verifying information and ensuring that it is accurate, appropriate and up-to-date. Likewise, the level of consular assistance and support we can provide to Irish citizens in times of emergency may be limited. Irish citizens may wish to bear this in mind before making plans to visit this country.
In countries where Ireland does not have any formal representation, emergency consular assistance, advice and support may be sought through resident offices of other EU member states.
Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance in this country should first approach their tour operator representative, local tour guide or hotel management and contact their insurance provider. In the event of an emergency or for help and advice you can also contact the Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000. However, once again, please be advised that the level of service and assistance we can provide in this country may be limited.
For entry requirements and immigration information, please contact the appropriate Embassy or Consulate of the country.
You may wish to review the travel advice for this country as presented by other Anglophone Foreign Ministries. Suggested links are provided below. Please be aware that The Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland is not in any way responsible for the content contained therein and is not in a position to endorse or validate any of the information supplied by other Governments. These links are merely intended as helpful suggestions for further research in advance of your trip.
•UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
•Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (www.voyage.gc.ca)
•New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.safetravel.govt.nz)
•Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.smartraveller.gov.au)
•USA: Department of State (www.travel.state.gov)