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Moving to Mali

The Republic of Mali is a landlocked country in Western Africa. It has about 13 million inhabitants, and is about 1,240,000 km². Its capital is Bamako. Most of the population lives in the south, by the Niger and Senegal Rivers, while the north reaches into the Sahara desert. Most of its economy is based on agriculture and fishing. It used to be part of the Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire and the Songhai Empire during the times of the great trans-Saharan trade routes; then came under French control in the 1800s. It became its own country in 1959, and it divided from Senegal and freed itself from France. Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its official language is French but many people speak Bambara. Its government is a semi-presidential republic. About 90% of people in Mali are Muslims.

Visas

Tourist Visa

A tourist visa is required to visit Mali. To obtain one, you must submit the following documents:

  1. Passport
  2. Two completed visa application forms
  3. Two passport photos
  4. Confirmation of accommodations through a hotel or where ever you are staying
  5. Copy of roundtrip airline tickets
  6. International Certificate Vaccination against Yellow Fever

Work/Business Visa

To obtain a work permit in Mali, you should first have a job lined up and use this as an employee sponsorship.

You must submit the following documents to a consulate or embassy of Mali:

  1. Passport
  2. Two completed visa application forms
  3. Two recent passport photos
  4. Letter from your employer on a company letterhead, including information about you, your position and status in the company, proof of finances
  5. International Certificate Vaccination against Yellow Fever

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Moving Pets

In order to move your pet into Mali, you must obtain a sanitary certificate from your home country within three days of your entrance. It must say that it has been free of infectious diseases. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies, and you must show a certificate for this.

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Other Information

Click here for a map of Mali.

Click here for information on the geography and history of Mali.

Click here for listings of embassies for Mali.

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