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Mali Travel warnings

Mali - Do Not Travel Warning

Warning: this destination is considered very risky and many governments advise their citizens not to travel there under any circumstances.Warnings against travel to a country or region issued by the US Department of Sta

Mali - Travel Alert

Further to our travel alert of March 28 2012 (Mali - Terrorism & Kidnap Risk), please note that the Australian government has joined the Canadian, American and several others in advising its citizens to avoid all tr

Mali Crime Guide

Criminal activities related to the presence of al Qaeda and other insurgent groups poses a risk to travellers throughout Mali.Many of the areas that border other African countries are unsafe, and incidents of crime can

Local Knowledge - Mali

Mali is a Muslim country and many of the local ways and laws you will encounter as a traveller will convey the presence of the religion. Try to be respectful of these customs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan

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over 6 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Mali

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.


    There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline  or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further. 

    Yellow fever

    Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .

    HIV in Africa

    109 Danes were infected with HIV in Africa between 1991 and 99. Africa is the continent with most HIV infected people. Overall about 8% of the population is infected with infection rates reaching up to 80% in risk groups like prostitutes.


    Meningitis due to meningococcus bacteria infect from person to person through the air. The vaccine protects against infection for 3 years after 1 vaccination. There are two vaccines: One protects only against type A and C. The other protects against A, C, W135 and Y and is used for travel to Saudi Arabia (especially Hajj) and West Africa.


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

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