Update 2020-08-19 (2): According to further media reports on Wednesday (19 August), the President of Mali announced his resignation. In the capital there are reports of crowds of people and the presence of rebels. The rebels have announced that they want to hold elections again. Meanwhile, government authorities announced a curfew between 09:00 p.m. and 05:00 a.m. (local time).
AFP, New Times
Update 2020-08-19 (1): The main airport in Bamako was closed to all airlines on Tuesday (18 August). Neighbouring countries in West Africa also closed borders with Mali.
Heightened security measures are to be expected. Violent incidents are possible. Travellers are advised to inform themselves via local media and authorities about the current situation on site, to follow instructions from security forces, to exercise high caution and to strictly avoid protests, road blockades, large gatherings, as well as deployments or operations of security forces, to avoid movement on the streets and to stay in a safe location until the situation is resolved.
2020-08-18: On Tuesday (18 August), the President and Prime Minister of Mali were arrested by mutinous soldiers and brought from the capital Bamako to Kati where the mutiny had started in the morning. The attempted coup was condemned by the African Union and the European Union.
Increased security measures are to be expected, demonstrations are possible. They can lead to local traffic disruptions. Travellers should avoid demonstrations and protests, exercise increased caution near political events and facilities, and follow instructions from security forces.
AFP, dpa, Jeune Afrique