Travel Advice for Algeria
Algeria
Capital: Algiers

Time Zone GMT + 1
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 213
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not available at present.
Tourist
Information
Office National Algerien Du Tourisme (ONAT) 7 rue des Freres, Ziala, El Mouradia, Algiers, Algeria, Tel: (2) 605 960 Fax: (2) 591 315 or 590 664.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the Consulate before travelling.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except nationals of the following countries: Argentina, Benin, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Republic, Libya, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Serbia and Montenegro.
Health
Information
Polio Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Limited Risk.
Yellow Fever: Recommended. Certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia present.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Take local advice and normal precations with food.
Currency Algerian Dinar (AD) = 100 centimes.
NOTE: when exchanging money a receipt is required that should be presented on departure. Foreign money must be declared via a declaration form and stamped at arrival.
Very limited acceptance of credit cards. Travellers cheques can only be changed in 4-star hotels. French francs are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Over 100 locations.
Cost of
Living
Visitors should expect to pay much more than local people.
Languages Arabic French and English are spoken in tourist centres.
Weather During the Summer the temperatures can be very high with humid weather in the North. Travel delays can be caused by sandstorms and coastal towns are also prone to storms.
Electricity 127/220 Volts. Plugs = European 2-pin.
Post Airmail from the main cities takes 3-4 days from elsewhere it takes much longer.
Transport RAIL: Daily services between the main centres.
COACH: not recommended for long journeys.
ROAD: Most are in good condition.
NOTE: For desert travel vehicles must be in good working order as breakdown facilities are virtually non-existent. Water and petrol supplies must be carried.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required. If your own car is used a Carnet de Passage also be required. Insurance must be purchased at the border. Proof of ownership is essential.
Special
Information
HIGH RISK. The Travel Advice Unit of the British Foreign and commonwealth Office advises against travel to Algeria unless on essential business. There have been a number of attacks on tourists. Because of the situation of global and regional insecurity at present, travellers who intend to travel despite this advice should exercise extreme caution and make only necessary journeys in Algeria.