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profile member asked on Oct 3, 2012

Situation in Mali

Does anybody have up-to-date information about the situation in Mali? Obviously the north is out of the question but what about the rest of Mali? Are there any problems obtaining visas on arrival at Bamako airport? Is it safe to travel from Bamako to Djenné and onward to Mopti? What about Dogon Country? Cheers!


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answered on 10/3/12 by
a VT member from Vienna

I aven´t been there now, but i don´t think Mopti and Dogon (and Djenne is to close to Mopti) are save at all now and the problems won´t pass in a near time. I definately would not count on getting a visa on arrival.

Have a look at LP Thorntree Forum, for instance on different questions "witek35" (others did answer more negativ):
August 4.: I have been in Mali in June so I know better..... Dogon Country is blockaded by the Malian military. Actually there's no military operations and there was not as it is of the limits of Republic of Azawad (Hombori and Douentza is inside Azawad so it is not under Malian control) . When I was in Bamako I talked to one French who was married to a Dogon woman and he told me that even he had problems to get back home (in Dogon Country).
August 2.: Nothing to be afraid in Mali, at least at the moment. Bamako is tranquil and there's no toubles. But on other hand it is not a highlight as it was. You can not enter Bandiagara, Dogon Country or Mopti (.Only the south of the country. And of course Azawad is completly impossible to go. But going from Senegal or Mauritania to Mali and then to Burkina or Guinea is not dangerous at all.(copied from Thorntree)

answered on 10/3/12 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

I have had confirmation of what Lothar writes above from a friend who has lived in Bamako for 40 years.
It is impossible at the moment to go much further on the road than Djenné, as the military stop all vehicles, and turn around any that have a white face in. Thus, that rules out Mopti, Hombori and more obviously the Dogon country. This primarily for security reasons and not because the rebels are in Mopti or Dogon country. There is virtually no tourist traffic in the country at the moment, and without wishing to put a damper on your idea, you may be well advised to change your destination for the moment.

Best of luck

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