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Are you dying to see the cultural centres of Timbuktu, with its breathtaking architecture, and Djenné, with its spectacular Grand Mosque?
When it comes to visiting this country as a tourist, the entry policies are quite straightforward. All nationalities worldwide are divided into just 2 categories: those who need a visa from an embassy and those who don’t. The only exemptions are Kenya and Rwanda that are eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VoA).
There are currently 25 nationalities that can travel to Mali without a visa, and these are mostly from neighbouring African countries such as Nigeria, Morocco, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.
On the other hand, citizens of almost all other countries and territories around the world, including the US, the UK, Europe and India, must first get a standard visa from an embassy or consulate in order to visit Mali.
On this page, we will explain how you can get the entry document, how much it will cost, and what information you need to provide to obtain it, among other things. Read on to make your trip to Mali a reality!
What Is the Difference Between a Mali Visa Waiver vs a Visa for Mali?
When a country does not need a travel permit to gain access to Mali, it means it falls under the visa-waiver agreement. In this case, the citizens of the countries in question can enter Mali with just a passport or another form of valid identification.
The waiver agreement is in place for those visiting for tourism or to see friends and family. However, different rules may apply if you are thinking of working or studying in the country, and you may need to get a visa.
On the other hand, most nationalities are required to get a travel authorisation prior to your trip. The standard Mali visa is a Single Entry permit that grants tourists 30 days in the country. However, there is also the option of getting a Multiple Entry visa if required. This document must be obtained from a diplomatic mission of Mali by applying either in person or by post.
Mali Visa Requirements and Eligibility
In this section, we explore what entry policies apply to each nationality. Look for your passport nationality in the lists below to find out if you will need to get a visa to visit Mali.
List of visa-free countries:
United Arab Emirates
In addition to these, those with diplomatic or service passports are also exempt for 30 days.
Meanwhile, service and diplomatic passport-holders of the following 5 countries are exempt for 90 days:
These are the countries eligible for a Visa on Arrival for stays of up to 90 days:
Here’s the list of countries that require an embassy visa:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Congo (Dem. Rep.)
French West Indies
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sao Tome and Principe
St. Pierre and Miquelon
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
US Virgin Islands
Wallis and Futuna
Unfortunately, Syrian citizens are currently banned from entering Mali.
Mali Visa Application Process
If you are ready to travel to this exotic African country, read this section carefully to find out what steps you must take to obtain all the documents you need.
Firstly, if you are one of the lucky visa-exempt countries, you can travel with just your passport to Mali without needing to get any kind of pre-authorisation.
Secondly, if you have a Kenyan or Rwandan passport, you can get your travel permit directly at the border on arrival
On the other hand, the majority of nationalities are required to get a visa. The first thing you must do is find out if there is a Mali embassy or consulate in your country of residence. To help you with this, you can use this list of diplomatic missions:
Algeria – Algiers, Tamanghasset
Angola – Luanda
Burkina Faso – Ouagadougou
Cameroon – Douala
Egypt – Cairo
Equatorial Guinea – Malabo
Ethiopia – Addis Ababa
Gabon – Libreville
Ghana – Accra
Guinea – Conakry
Ivory Coast – Abidjan, Bouaké
Libya Coast – Abidjan
Mauritania – Nouakchott
Morocco – Rabat
Niger – Niamey
Niger – Niamey
Senegal – Dakar
South Africa – Pretoria
Sudan – Khartoum
Tunisia – Tunis
Brazil – Brasilia
Canada – Ottawa
Cuba – Havana
United States – Washington, D.C.
China – Beijing, Guangzhou
India – New Delhi
Iran – Tehran
Japan – Tokyo
Qatar – Doha
Saudi Arabia – Riyadh, Jeddah
Turkey – Ankara
Belgium – Brussels
Germany – Berlin
Italy – Rome
Russia – Moscow
Once you have located the diplomatic mission, you can follow these steps:
- Make an appointment or see if drop-in visits are welcome.
- Collect all the required documents.
- Fill out the application form.
- Go to the embassy, submit your application and pay the fee.
- Sit back, relax, and wait for the embassy to notify you when the travel permit has been issued.
- Collect your passport with the permit inside.
In the event there is no diplomatic mission in your country, you can send your application by post to the nearest one. In this case, you must include a prepaid return envelope and pay the fee via bank transfer.
Mali Visa Application Form and Documents
To obtain your travel permit, you must provide a series of documents and information, without which your request will most likely be denied. To help you gather everything you need, you can use the following checklist:
- 2 application forms, duly completed and signed (only use capital letters).
- A passport with a minimum of 6 months validity on it from the end of your planned trip.
- Confirmation of return flight tickets.
- Proof of accommodation bookings (it is essential that the booking dates match the travel dates stated in the application form).
- A passport-size photo of yourself with a light plain background, taken within the last 6 months.
- A colour copy of the data pages of your passport.
- A stamped return envelope (if applying by post).
The application form
The application form is a simple document that takes just a few minutes to fill out. You will need to provide your personal details, passport details and basic information regarding your trip. More specifically, these are the details you will need to insert:
- Your full name.
- Your date of birth.
- Your nationality.
- Your place of birth.
- Your marital status.
- Your occupation.
- Your home address.
- Your telephone number.
- Your passport number.
- The passport issue date.
- The passport place of issue.
- Arrival date.
- Length of stay.
- Where you are coming from.
- Address of where you will be staying in the country.
- Basic details regarding any previous trips to the country.
- Reason for your trip (e.g., tourism, study, visiting family etc.).
- Type of visa you require.
Once you have filled out all sections of the form, you must sign it and bring it to the embassy along with the documents listed above.
Mali Visa Status Check
After you have submitted and paid for your application, you will need to wait for it to be processed. It could take several weeks before you are notified that your document is ready for collection. During this time, if you wish to check on the status of your application, the best thing to do is reach out to the embassy directly.
You will be able to find the contact details of the diplomatic mission on their website, or you can ask for them when you first visit the embassy or consulate at the start of the process. They should be able to inform you on whether your request is pending, has been approved or rejected.
How Much Does a Mali Visa Cost?
The cost of a travel permit varies depending on the country you are applying from, the length of your trip, and the kind of document you require: Single or Multiple Entry. You should check the fees on the website of the Mali diplomatic mission nearest to you (this could be in another country). Here are some price guidelines for several regions:
US citizens are automatically issued a 5-year Multiple Entry document, which costs 130 USD.
- Single Entry for 1 month: 260 USD
- Multiple Entry for 3 months: 300 USD
- Multiple Entry for 6 Months: 355 USD
- Single Entry for 1 month: 80 USD
- Multiple Entry for 3 months: 100 USD
- Multiple Entry for 6 Months: 140 USD
The embassy in Japan covers Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, and South Korea. The embassy charges around 11,500 YEN (approx 100 USD) for postal applications from these countries.
Finally, you will be required to pay this fee the moment you submit your application at the embassy, or via bank transfer if you are applying by post from another country. In addition, please keep in mind that additional costs may be involved if you use an agency to help you process your document.
More Mali Visa Questions and Information
There you have it, everything you need to know before embarking on your trip to the heart of West Africa. To resolve any last remaining doubts, we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions.