Health and Safety
Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Mali is generally a safe country, but travellers should exercise caution especially in crowded areas like markets or trains. Carrying valuables is not advisable. Mali is notorious for corruption; it would not be surprising if an official asks for a bribe. Travellers are advised to avoid the regions bordering Mauritania and Niger as well as north of Timbuktu, as they are the domain of desert bandits.
It is best to seek local advice on road conditions as floods can make them quite dangerous.Travellers are required to have a yellow fever vaccination certificate. It is also recommended to get hepatitis A and B, typhoid, polio and meningitis vaccinations. Mali is highly endemic for malaria and travellers should take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Use of insect repellents, full-sleeved clothes and mosquito nets is highly advisable. Vegetables should be peeled and cooked and only boiled or bottled water should be consumed.