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Summary

  • Reconsider your need to travel to Algeria because of the high threat of terrorist attack. If you do decide to travel to Algeria, exercise extreme caution.
  • Avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. Monitor the media for developments which could affect your safety. Follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • We regularly receive information indicating terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including Western interest and places frequented by foreigners, as well as premises and symbols associated with the Algerian Government.
  • Take particular care in Tizi Ouzou, Bouira, Bourmedès, Ain Defla and Bejaia provinces (east of Algiers) in the Kabylie region.
  • Avoid travel by road throughout Algeria, especially in the Tamanrasset and Illizi provinces in southern Algeria due to the presence of armed groups. All road travel outside city limits must be cleared in advance by local authorities.
  • Do not to travel to parts of Algeria within 450 kilometres of the borders with Mali and Niger and within 100 kilometres of Mauritania, Libya and Tunisia, due to the threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.
  • Kidnapping, by both criminals and terrorists, is a real threat in Algeria, particularly outside major centres. Kidnappings occur frequently in the Kabylie region in north east Algeria and in the trans-Sahara region in the south.
  • Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Algeria. The Canadian Embassy in Algiers, provides consular assistance to Australians in Algeria. This service includes the issuance of provisional travel documents. The Australian Embassy in Paris, France, can also assist Australians in Algeria.
  • Given the high terrorist threat in Algeria, we strongly recommend that you register your travel and contact details with us, so we can contact you in an emergency.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.

Entry and exit

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) are subject to change. Contact the Embassy of Algeria for the most up to date information.

A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for everyone over one year of age who arrives from an area/country where yellow fever is endemic. See the WHO website for a list of yellow fever countries.

Algerian minors (under 19 years of age), including dual nationals, require the written consent of their father before they are permitted to leave Algerian territory.

Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia.

Safety and security

Reconsider your need to travel to Algeria because of the high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping and banditry.

If you're working in Algeria consult our business travel advice which provides advice on risks for Australian employers and business travellers for short-term overseas travel, for longer-term deployments and travel to high-threat remote locations.

Terrorism

We continue to receive information indicating terrorists are planning attacks in Algeria, including against Western interests and places frequented by foreigners, as well as premises and symbols associated with the Algerian Government. Terrorists have in the past mounted attacks on significant dates and anniversaries, but attacks can occur anywhere and at any time.

Maintain a high level of vigilance at all times, employ appropriate personal security protection measures and avoid unnecessary travel in remote areas (see Local travel).

A threat of attack exists in Algeria’s major cities despite a strong presence of security forces, including in the Kasbah in central Algiers. Take particular care in Tizi Ouzou, Bouira, Bourmedès, Ain Defla and Bejaia provinces (east of Algiers) in the Kabylie region. Stay at hotels that provide a high level of security. 

In planning your activities, consider the kind of places known to be terrorist targets and the level of security provided. Possible targets include Algerian Government offices, clubs, restaurants, foreign embassies, schools, international hotels, expatriate housing compounds, churches and other places of worship, shopping centres, outdoor recreation events, tourist areas, shipping and transport infrastructure, ports, airports and aircraft, security installations and police stations, and petroleum and electrical infrastructure and installations or identifiably Western interests, including businesses.

Algerian security forces continue to carry out regular counter-terrorism operations in various provinces across the country, which have resulted in the death of a number of insurgents.

Terrorist incidents in Algeria in recent years include:

  • on 31 August 2017, two police officers were killed in an attack on the police headquarters in Tiaret, 130km south-west of Algiers.
  • on 26 February 2017, at least two police officers were injured in an attack on a police station in central Constantine.
  • on 28 October 2016, a police officer was killed in Constantine. Daesh later claimed responsibility.
  •  on 23 March 2016, reports of an attempted suicide bomber being shot and killed by police in Tizi Ouzou in the Kabylie region of Algeria.
  •  on 18 March 2016, the In Salah gas joint venture in central Algeria was attacked by explosive munitions fired from a distance. There were no injuries or casualties.

Borders with Mali and Niger

Do not travel within 450 kilometres of the border with Mali and Niger due to the threat of terrorist attack, banditry and kidnapping.

Borders with Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania

Do not travel within 100 kilometres of the borders with Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania due to the threat of terrorist attack, banditry and kidnapping. Algerian and Tunisian security forces regularly conduct security operations along the border between Algeria and Tunisia in the Chaambi mountains area, south of Souk Ahras. There is an increased threat in this area due to the presence of extremists. In 2013, at least 37 foreign employees and one local worker were killed in an attack on a gas plant at In Amenas.

Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. More information: Terrorist threat worldwide.

Kidnapping

Kidnapping, by both criminals and terrorists, is a real threat in Algeria, particularly outside major centres. Kidnappings occur frequently in the Kabylie region in north east Algeria and in the trans-Sahara region in the south. The threat is especially high in the Djanet district in Illizi province and Tamanrasset province.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and splinter groups committed to the same ideology have taken a number of hostages from remote areas in Algeria and neighbouring countries. A number remain in captivity. On 21 September 2014, a French national was kidnapped and later killed in the mountainous area of Tizi Ouzou, in the Kabylie region.

The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers. The Australian Government considers that paying a ransom increases the risk of further kidnappings, including of other Australians. If you decide to travel to an area where there is a particular threat of kidnapping, ensure you have personal security measures in place and seek professional security advice.

More information: Kidnapping Threat.

Civil unrest/political tension

There are frequent demonstrations in Algeria. Most are peaceful, but some have involved violent clashes between police and demonstrators. Demonstrations are illegal in Algiers.

The frequency and intensity of localised, sporadic, and usually spontaneous civil disturbances over economic issues has increased significantly in recent years. International events or domestic political events may also prompt demonstrations and protests.

Avoid political gatherings, protests and demonstrations, particularly outside mosques and educational institutions, as they may turn violent without warning. Exercise particular caution in the period surrounding Friday prayers.  Monitor the media for developments which may affect your safety and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Crime

Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing, bag snatching and theft from motor vehicles, occurs, and is especially a risk in the larger cities. Crime levels are higher after dark.

Avoid deserted beach areas, even during daylight hours, because of the threat of banditry and carjacking.  Use a local licensed guide for tours of the Kasbah area of Algiers. There have been reports that criminals, posing as police officers, have carried out robberies, carjackings and erected illegal road blocks. Avoid carrying large amounts of money or valuables.

Money and Valuables

Credit cards can be used in hotels and a limited number of businesses in the larger cities. Most international credit cards are accepted by ATMs available in major cities and large international hotels. Only buy Algerian Dinars (DZD) at a "bureau de change" at international airports and large hotels, and in banks in major cities. Algerian law prohibits the import or export of DZD.

Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place. You're required by Australian law to report a lost or stolen passport. If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, report it online or by contacting the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.

Local travel

Stay at international hotels that provide a high level of security.

Avoid travel by road throughout Algeria, especially in the Tamanrasset and Illizi provinces in southern Algeria due to the presence of armed groups. All road travel outside city limits must be cleared in advance by police authorities.

Bandits may use illegal checkpoints and blockades on roads to stop vehicles, including buses.

Undertake domestic travel by air. If travel by road is necessary, do so during daylight. All road travel outside city limits must be cleared in advance by police authorities. Check with Algerian authorities for details.

Road and traffic conditions in Algeria are very dangerous. A large number of people are killed and injured in traffic accidents, including buses, each year. More information: road safety and driving.

The land border between Algeria and Morocco is closed. There are reports of unexploded landmines in the area of Algeria bordering the Western Sahara. Mines have been known to shift in sandstorms.

Areas bordering the Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali and Niger are known to be frequented by bandits and armed smugglers.

Air safety

The Australian Government doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See the Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in Algeria.

Refer to our general air travel page for more information on aviation safety and security.

Laws

You're subject to the local laws of Algeria, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. If you’re arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.

Penalties for possession of illegal drugs, including 'soft drugs', include imprisonment. More information:        Carrying or using drugs.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Algeria and penalties include imprisonment. More information: LGBTI travellers page.

Photographing military or sensitive sites, including military or security personnel, may lead to arrest and detention.

Serious crime, such as murder or treason, may attract the death penalty.

In Algeria it's against the law to attempt to convert Muslims to another faith or to distribute material that may be seen by local authorities as an attempt to convert Muslims to another faith.

Some Australian criminal laws, such as those relating to money laundering, bribery of foreign public officials, terrorism, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, child pornography, and child sex tourism, apply to Australians overseas. Australians who commit these offences while overseas can be prosecuted in Australia.

Local Customs

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will occur between mid-May and mid-June 2018.  During Ramadan, take care to respect religious and cultural sensitivities, rules and customs. Avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public and in the presence of people who are fasting. More information: Ramadan travel bulletin.

There are conservative standards of dress and behaviour in Algeria. Take care not to offend. Women should wear loose-fitting clothes that cover the arms and legs and consider wearing a headscarf, particularly in rural and traditional areas and near mosques, religious shrines and religious educational institutes. If in doubt, seek local advice.

Avoid physical contact between men and women in public. Public displays of affection can cause offence, particularly in rural and traditional areas, and near mosques, religious shrines and religious educational institutes.

The normal work week in Algeria is Sunday to Thursday.

Information for Dual Nationals

Algeria doesn't recognise dual nationality. This may limit the ability of the Australian Government to provide consular assistance to Australian-Algerian dual nationals who are arrested or detained. Travel on your Australian passport at all times.

Male Australian-Algerian dual nationals may be subject to compulsory military service and other obligations when in Algeria. If you're n Australian-Algerian dual national, contact the Embassy of Algeria before you travel.

Children born of an Algerian father automatically acquire Algerian citizenship at birth. Child custody decisions are based on local religious laws. If you're involved in custody and other family disputes, consult a lawyer before you leave Australia for advice on the impact of religious law on your family circumstances, including your departure from Algeria.

Algeria has been listed by the Government of the United States of America as one of the 14 countries whose citizens will be subjected to a full body and cabin baggage search on entering the United States.

More information: Dual nationals.

Health

Take out comprehensive travel insurance before you depart that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities aren't included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government won't pay for a your medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

Consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. Get vaccinated before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health pages also provide useful information for travellers on staying healthy.

The standard of medical facilities in Algeria varies. Public medical services and facilities in the capital, Algiers, vary from adequate to limited. Private medical facilities, especially in the capital, Algiers, are generally better equipped than public facilities and can meet basic international accreditation standards. Medical facilities in remote areas, including mountainous and desert regions, can be very limited or non-existent. Consider carrying limited medical supplies for personal use. Foreigners will be required to pay an up-front deposit for medical services.

In the event of a serious illness or accident, medical evacuation to a destination with appropriate facilities such as Marseille or Paris in France, would be necessary. Costs for a medical evacuation could be considerable.

Insect-borne diseases (such as leishmaniasis and West Nile fever) are prevalent in Algeria. There is also a risk of malaria. Take prophylaxis against malaria and measures to avoid insect bites including using insect repellent at all times, wearing long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and ensuring your accommodation is mosquito proof.

Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases (including tuberculosis, typhoid, hepatitis, meningitis and rabies) are prevalent with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time.  Boil all drinking water or drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes and raw and undercooked food, particularly outside metropolitan areas. Don't swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis (bilharzia). Seek medical advice if you have a fever or are suffering from diarrhoea.

Where to get help

Depending on your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.

If the matter relates to criminal issues, contact the local police. When dialling from a landline, the national emergency number is 17 and 021-73-53-50 from a mobile phone. Emergency operators may or may not speak French and normally don't speak English.

The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and can’t do to assist Australians overseas.

Australia doesn't have an Embassy or Consulate in Algeria. By agreement between the Canadian and Australian governments, the Canadian Embassy in Algiers provides consular assistance to Australians in Algeria. This service includes the issuance of provisional travel documents. 

Canadian Embassy

18, rue Mustapha Khalef
Ben Aknoun
Algiers, 16000, Algeria
Telephone: (+213) (0) 770 08 30 00
Facsimile: (+213) (0) 770 08 30 70 or 770 08 30 40
E-mail: alger@international.gc.ca
Website: www.canadianinternational.gc.ca/algeria-agerie
Opening hours (consular services): Sunday to Thursday 09:00-11:00am
See the Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

You can also obtain consular assistance from the Australian Embassy in France.

Australian Embassy

4 rue Jean Rey
75724 Cedex 15
Paris, France
Telephone: (+33 1) 4059 3300
Facsimile: (+33 1) 4059 3315
Website: ​france.embassy.gov.au​​
See the Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

If you are unable to contact the Embassy in a consular emergency, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

Additional information

Natural di​sasters, severe weather and climate

Parts of Algeria, including Algiers, experience earthquakes and floods. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.

Additional Resources

For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in this country, see the following links: