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Getting In and Around
: American citizens will need a passport and a visa to enter Algeria. The visa must be applied for in advance through the Algerian Embassy
. Most European carriers offer flights to Algiers, and you can enter by car via the northern Tunisian border.
: In and Out of Algeria: If you begin your travels in Algiers, you will most likely fly into Houari Boudeiene Airport. Within Algeria, domestic flights provide a popular, safe, and convenient way to travel directly to the southern cities without the need for a guide. Taxis, buses, and railways supply another option, although driving alone is hazardous, owing to the unpaved roads and the risk of highway robbery in rural areas. Ferries run between the major coastal cities in the north.
Safety and Security
The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning
for Algeria because of a continued threat of violence. Groups in Algeria, particularly in the south, have threatened foreigners, and the Department of State advises visitors to “keep a low profile.” What does that mean? Women should dress modestly. Make sure that your legs, arms, shoulders, and chest are covered, especially outside of Algiers. Within the capital, you can get by with jeans and a short-sleeve top.
The Department of State recommends that travelers stay only in hotels with “adequate security.” That is a particularly good idea for female or solo travelers. When visiting any foreign country, keep track of your valuables, and stay alert.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created a security ratings system called the Ibrahim Index
, according to scores based on each country’s quality of government. Before traveling to Algeria or anywhere on the continent, check the index and do your research.