Passport valid for at least six months from date of entry is required by all except the following in possession of a valid ID card:
nationals of Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS);
nationals of Algeria, Andorra, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Monaco, Morocco and Tunisia.
Visa is required by all except the following for stays of up to three months:
nationals of Algeria, Andorra, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco and Tunisia;
transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft within 24 hours provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.
For other nationals, a visa must be obtained before arrival to enter Mali. An invitation is required (copy of hotel reservations or company letter explaining purpose of trip) to obtain the visa.
Types of Visa & Cost
Tourist, Business and Transit: single entry: $80 (three months); multiple entry: $110 (three months); $200 (six months); $370 (one year).
For US nationals, the fee is $131 regardless of the length of stay (up to five years).
Validity of Visa
One month from the date of entry, although visas can be extended in Mali, either in Bamako at the Immigration Service or at any police station. Visas may be obtained up to three months in advance of travelling to Mali.
(a) Valid passport.
(b) Two application forms (must be completed in block capitals and returned to the consulate with several photocopies of the form).
(c) Two passport-size photos.
(d) Stamped, self-addressed envelope for postal applications (which must be sent by registered post).
(e) Fee; payable in cash, company cheque or postal order (personal cheques are not accepted).
(f) Copy of airline itinerary or flight ticket(s).
(g) Yellow fever certificate, if travelling from an infected area.
(h) Proof of hotel reservation.
(i) letter of invitation from company, stating purpose of trip.
(i) copies of onward tickets and visas to further destinations.
Application should be made at the nearest Malian Consulate or Consular section at the Malian Embassy.
Five working days. Visas can be issued more quickly (in three working days) for an additional fee of $10.