Originally Posted by Dave seager-Thomas
How long does it take to get a Mali Visa in Rabat and when are they open or is it easer to get a visa at the mauritania/Mali border?
Awhile back but this might help.
1- yes, you can apply for a Malian Visa in Rabat (stone's throw from mauritanian Emb.)
2- If passport handed in at opening time (approx 9am), you can usually get it back early afternoon the next day
3- avoid handing in on Thursdays is possible as Friday is Prayer Day and they close midday so aim to arrive in Rabat latest Wed.
4- The visas at the border were transit visas- sometimes they issue them, somethimes they do not- It is a long way to go back to Rabat if you chance it and they say 'no'- If you get the transit one, you'll need to get it extended in Bamako.
Hope this answers your question. If you use the link in my sig, you'll find gps coords etc for the embassies.