Algeria

Algeria

Use High Level of Caution
Avoid Travel to the following provinces: Blida, Béjaïa, Tizi Ouzou, Tamanghasset, Médéa, Aïn Defla, Illizi, Boumerdès, Bouira, and Adrar

The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is located in North Africa on the Mediterranean Sea between Tunisia and Morocco. It is the largest country on the Mediterranean Sea and the second largest in Africa. Algeria's population is about 35 million people. The government is a republic with a president as both chief of state and head of government.

Since independence in 1962, Algiers has been a political, economic and cultural hub and is the largest port and the largest city in Algeria. The country is known for its fossil fuels sector and its agricultural fertility. Due to oil and gas revenues, Algeria has paid off its foreign debt.

In recent years, the government has encouraged tourism. UNESCO World Heritage sites include the Casbah, Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad, Tipasa, M'Zab Valley, Djémila and Timgad, and Tassili n'Ajjer.

Currency DZD: Algerian dinar
Language Arabic. French and Berber dialects also spoken
Capital Algiers
Recent Alerts None
Latest Alert Not Available

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Algeria. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a high risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Algeria through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a high risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Algeria.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people are at significant risk for typhoid through the consumption of contaminated food and water in Algeria. The risk is greater when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives.

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis is found in Algeria.

Malaria

There is a limited risk in small areas of the southern and southeastern parts of Algeria, including Adrar, El Oued, Ghardaia, Illizi, Ouargla, and Tamanrasset. Travellers in these regions can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Tuberculosis

Travellers to Algeria are at risk for tuberculosis if visiting sick friends or family, working in the health care field, or having close prolonged contact with the general population.

Rabies

Rabies occurs in Algeria. Travellers involved in outdoor activities (e.g., campers, hikers, bikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) may have direct contact with rabid dogs, bats, and other mammals. Those with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) and long-term travellers and expatriates are at higher risk.

Yellow Fever

There is no risk for yellow fever in this country. This country requires all persons over one year of age to have proof of the yellow fever vaccination if arriving from a country where yellow fever occurs or if transiting more than 12 hours in an airport located in a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Algeria.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a significant risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country. The vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country. The vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities, rural areas, or staying with friends and family.

Yellow Fever Vaccine

There is no risk for yellow fever in this country. This country requires all persons over one year of age to have proof of the yellow fever vaccination if arriving from a country where yellow fever occurs or if transiting more than 12 hours in an airport located in a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers involved in outdoor activities (e.g., campers, hikers, bikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) may have direct contact with rabid dogs, bats, and other mammals. Those with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) and long-term travellers and expatriates are at higher risk.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Algeria.

None required.

Safety and Security in Algeria

Emergency Numbers

021-73-53-50 From mobile phone only
17 From a land line only
021-23-63-81 from mobile phone only
021-71-14-14 From mobile phone only
14 From a land line only

Reliability and response time for emergency services varies. Emergency operators may or may not speak French and normally do not speak English.

Personal Safety

Petty crime and theft are common in Algeria, particularly in downtown Algiers. Avoid showing signs of wealth and keep valuables out of sight to avoid being targeted. Keep your belongings in sight at all times. Theft on trains and buses and theft from parked cars and hotel rooms does occur. Travel documents should be kept secure at all times.

Women travelling alone in Algeria may experience harassment and verbal abuse.

Road travel is dangerous in Algeria and should be avoided. Internal travel throughout the country should be done by air. Attacks occur at night in rural and remote areas and on public transportation outside of the cities. Travel within Algiers and main cities is generally safe, but exercise caution, particularly at night.

Areas To Avoid

Avoid all travel to the border areas with Mali and Niger, except Tamanrasset city and the town of Tindouf. Avoid all travel to the border areas with Mauritania, Libya and Tunisia. There is a real threat of kidnapping, terrorism, and banditry.

Avoid any unnecessary travel outside of major cities. Avoid travel to the mountainous region of Kabylia, including the provinces of Tizi Ouzou, Bouira, Boumerdes and Bejaia, and to the provinces of Blida, Medea, and Ain Defla. Banditry, kidnappings, and terrorist attacks can occur in these areas.

Avoid all travel to the remote desert areas in the provinces of Illizi, Tamanrasset, and Adrar due to the risk of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping for ransom.

Extreme Violence

While terrorist violence has decreased, terrorist incidents still occur across the country and have resulted in death and injury. There are ongoing threats against Algerian institutions, Westerners and Western institutions.

Kidnapping is a real threat in this country, especially outside city centres.

Political Unrest

While demonstrations in Algeria are generally peaceful, some have become violent in the past. Minimize safety risk by avoiding public gatherings and demonstrations.

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