Despite many western advisory warnings against visiting Algeria, the security situation is getting better. Terrorism in 2005 was focused only in isolated areas such as heavily wooded mountains in less developed regions of the center and attacks near the Libyan or Malian border caused by war in those two countries. Security forces are doing their best to protect visitors to these areas, but tourists must take caution when visiting these places. They have to give their itinerary and plans to the local police before taking the road.
Do not travel after nightfall; travel by plane if you can rather than car; avoid minor roads; ask the police if you are unsure about your surroundings and nothing unusual should happen to you. Also, you should trust only official travel advisories when it comes to personal safety when you travel to a foreign country.
As with most Muslim countries, prostitution is illegal and punishments are severe, so it's best to avoid it while staying here.
Huge improvements have been made in this sector with the construction of dozens of brand new hospitals throughout the country.
Algerian doctors are highly qualified and offer a good service and pharmacies are well supplied.
Mosquitoes are also a problem in Algeria, but they are just a nuisance, as malaria is not common. In urban areas, city-wide sprayings against mosquitoes are periodically carried on.
Tap water is considered not drinkable although its quality is better than before. Once boiled, there is no problem in consuming it. Algeria enjoys a large variety of excellent mineral bottled water.
emergency phone numbers
Police: 17 or 1548
Civil protection medical emergency and fire department: 14
National Gendarmerie especially outside cities: 1055
Support for children : 3033.Numbers of administrations, hospitals and different agencies can be found on the yellow pages pages jaunes in airports and some hotels and on the internet. As its developed in Algeria but mostly in french, you can check this website:http://www.pagesjaunes-dz.com
All cigarettes are sold freely.Smoking in the presence of someone who is not a smoker in a public place requires his permission, if someone does not like the smoke, cough or ask you not to smoke, just stop and say sorry. This is what the locals do.If you are invited to someone's house do not smoke unless the host does and after he does, you can ask for permission to smoke is it okay if I smoke in here?If you are in a restaurant or coffee terrace where people smoke, you can smoke, if you are with locals who are not smokers, ask them first if it is okay.Less and less people smoke, it is because of a global health awareness not because of religion. Women smoking, not many, social and not religiously, smoking women are stigmatized by the society.
The official language is [[Arabic phrasebook|Arabic]TamazightBerber language, but the Arabic spoken in the Maghreb Region Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia is quite different from the Arabic spoken in other parts of the Arab World, so don't be surprised if you don't understand anything said to you even if you are competent in standard Arabic. Algerian Arabic is called Dziria contains many Tamazight and French words.Dziria or Derja is different from standard Arabic.It is somehow another language that is not recognized by the government.
However, all Algerians understand standard arabic and middle eastern arabicegyptian or lebanese..
French, the colonial language, is still widely spoken, and almost every local that you meet will be bilingual in Arabic and French.
Tamazight or Berber is also spoken by many people in Algeria, mainly in rural areas. The largest being the Kabyle people near the capital,and chaoui people in the east near tunisian borders.
Generally, only the younger generations in Algeria can understand English,especially educated ones.
Some common pharses in Algerian Arabic :
Wachrak — How are you ?
ça va — Good
Shukran — Thank you
wasmi .... — My Name is ....
Salam alaikum — Hello Reply is walaikum assalam
Besslama or just bye — Good Bye
Sabah al khair — Good Morning Reply is Sabah al noor
Masah al khair — Good afternoon / evening Reply is Masah al noor
As in all of North Africa, the dominant religion in Algeria is Islam, and appropriate religious prohibitions and attitudes should be in order. If visiting a mosque, for example, be sure to be dressed conservatively and remove your shoes before entering it. Alcohol policy is not the same all over the country, with some cities prohibiting bars and/or liquor stores. Keep in mind to drink only at home or in a bar; never in public.
Also, given the ongoing political strife, talking politics is not advisable. Even the mention of certain topics can draw unwanted attention and, at very least, make your visit far more unpleasant.
For inquiries about visa application status, please contact the visa office from Monday to Thursday 09:00-11:00
Please read carefully the instructions before filling out the application forms. Answer all the questions on the application form and fill out all the sections of the form. For example, if your parents are deceased, give their full names. Do not leave the section blank or write simply “Deceased”.
Both forms must bear the original signature of the applicant.
Please note that old visa forms will not be accepted to apply for a visa. Use only the new application forms. Any application submitted using an old form will be rejected.
The applications must be completed on-line only. No hand written applications will be accepted.
1. Remember to submit your passport when you apply for a visa and please attach two recent passport pictures glued or stapled to the two forms, one on each form. The passport must be valid at least 06 months after the date of entry to Algeria.
2. A non-refundable money-order individual made payable to the order of the Embassy of Algeria in the amount of $135 for US citizens. All other nationals must check with the Visa Section for the applicable requirements and fees.
3. Business Visa applicants must include a letter on official letterhead from their employer stating the purpose of their trip, and the full names and addresses of their contacts in Algeria. Applicants must submit with their application an invitation letter from the Algerian company they intend to visit.
4. Work Visa applicants must submit with their visa application an employment authorization delivered by the Algerian Ministry of Labor. The Embassy will not accept any authorization faxed or mailed separately.
5. Tourism Visa applicants must submit an itinerary of their airline travel and a confirmed Hotel reservation in Algeria.
6. Family / Guest Visa: Applicants must provide with their application an invitation from their host in Algeria and notarized at the city hall of the place of residence of the Algerian host. The Embassy will not accept invitations faxed or sent separately.
Spouses of Algerian Citizens should submit a copy of the valid Consulate Registration Card of their spouse and a sponsorship letter signed by the Algerian spouse.
Return of Passports: Applicants may pick up their passports at the Embassy or send a prepaid self-addressed envelope. The Embassy is not responsible for the lost or delays of document by the post office or other visa services.
- Complete documentation is required. Any incomplete documentation may extend the processing time or returned to applicant at cost.- Processing of an application may be delayed, if prior agreement by Algerian authorities is required. Furthermore, the Embassy reserves the right to request additional documentation from any applicant. It is not the responsibility of the Embassy if there is any delay in the processing of the visa application.- Applicants should make travel arrangements to Algeria based on the date of entry indicated on their visa. Applicants should not arrive in Algeria before that date; they will not be allowed to enter. In case of change in travel plans, applicants must obtain a new visa.
Citizen of the following states can travel visa free : Ecuador, Guinea, Haiti, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Montenegro, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen.
Citizen of the following states can obtain a visa on arrival : Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, Zambia, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda.