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Republic of Mali
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the capital city of Mali Bamako. For any consular issues, all Bulgarian citizens (staying either short-term or long-term) in Mali, can refer to the Bulgarian Embassy in Algeria.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Algeria
Address: ALGERIE, ALGER 13, bd Colonel Bougara, ALGER – CENTRE
Tel.: +213 21 23 00 14, +213 21 23 01 21
Fax: +213 21 23 05 33
Mobile Tel.: +213161 560 935
The embassy of the Republic of Mali in Moscow is accredited for Bulgaria.
Embassy of the Republic of Mali in Moscow
Address: 11 Rue Novokuzuetskkaya Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 95 2310655; +7 95 2302985
Fax: +7 95 2302889
Honorary Consul of Mali in Bulgaria
1612 Sofia, Lagera, rue Dragshan 2
GSM: +359 887 715 639
West African CFA franc (XOF)
You are advised to have some USD, EUR, cheques or credit cards on you.
Visitors are recommended to pay special attention to their security. Avoid travelling at night. Carry a copy of your ID document and only a small amount of cash on you. Avoid travelling in the interior of the country. The criminality rate is high, with kidnaps and thefts in cities and tourist centres. The Northern and Eastern land regions of the Niger River are notorious for kidnapping of EU citizens.
You can bring up to the equivalent of 25,000 XOF in local and/or foreign currency without having to declare it. Anything over this amount needs declaring. Duty-free import of goods for personal use include up to 1,000 cigarettes, 250 cigars, 2 kg of tobacco and 2 l of spirits. The import of plants is forbidden. The export of local and foreign currency is allowed up to the amount declared upon entering the country.
Homosexual relations are not forbidden in Mali but there is a cultural bias against them.
If you travel by car you need to provide your insurance at the border, when entering Mali. When taking taxis, it is advisable to negotiate the fee in advance. Travelling by car after dark should be undertaken with extra caution. Driving in the country requires possession of a Bulgarian and an international driving licence.
Healthcare is poor. You are strongly advised not to drink the tap water and using it for other needs is recommended only after boiling.
Travel papers and visas
Entering the country requires a Passport, valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Mali.
Bulgarian citizens travelling to Mali (holders of ordinary, official or diplomatic passports) need a visa, which they can obtain from the Embassy of Mali in Moscow.
Immunisation against Yellow Fever is required. The latest information on vaccines necessary for Mali can be obtained from the National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, tel. +359 2944 69 99 221.
The rainy season is from June to October. During hot months, drinking more fluids and eating low-fat food, as well as avoiding alcohol, is advisable.
For any consular issues, Bulgarian citizens staying either short-term or long-term in Mali can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Algeria.
Certifications and Legalisations
For all Bulgarian citizens’ documents, issued by authorities in Mali, to be valid in Bulgaria and to be recognised by Bulgarian institutions, they need a stamp by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mali. Then they need to be certified by the Embassy of Mali which is accredited for Bulgaria (in this case – in Moscow). The signature and the stamps of the Consular Department are verified by the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow as well.
Thus prepared, the documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and the translation needs to be certified by the Certifications and Legalisations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In cases of emergency - damaged, lost or stolen passport - Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document from an Embassy of a Member-State of the EU in Mali.