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Algeria

Algeria is the second-largest country in Africa, with over four-fifths of its territory covered by the Sahara desert.  The country has a population of 35 million people mainly located near the northern coast.  Algeria is a multi-party, constitutional republic.  Facilities for travelers are available in populated areas, but sometimes limited in quality and quantity.  Read the Department of State Background Notes on Algeria for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Algeria
Continent: Africa
Capital City: Algiers
Boundary Countries:

Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Western Sahara

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Hopital Beni Messous, Hopital de Ben Aknoun, Hopital de Douera, Hopital Mustapha, Hopital Parnet, Institute Pasteur- El Hamma (UCC)

Main Cities:

Algiers, Tamanrasset, Constantine, Annaba, Tindouf, Bechar, Oran, Setif

Country Size: 2,381,740 sq km
Population: 32,930,091

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects

Currency: Algerian dinar (DZD)
Predominant Religions:
Sunni Muslim (state religion) 99%, Christian and Jewish 1%
National Holidays: Revolution Day, 1 November (1954)
Economic Status:

Algeria has the seventh largest reserves of natural gas in the world and is the second largest gas exporter. It ranks 14th in oil reserves. Structural reform within the economy, such as development of the banking sector and the construction of infrastructure, moves ahead slowly, hampered by corruption and bureaucratic resistance.

Security:
National Popular Army (ANP; includes Land Forces), Algerian National Navy (MRA), Air Force (QJJ), Territorial Air Defense Force
US Presence:

U.S. Embassy, Algiers, Algeria
5 Chemin Cheikh Bachir Ibrahimi, El-Biar 16030 Alger Algerie
Telephone: [213] 770-08-20-00, which can also be reached after hours.
Email: ACSAlgiers@state.gov

Document Requirements:

Passports and visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Algeria. The Algerian visa application must be typed. The Algerian Embassy no longer accepts handwritten visa applications. For further information on entry/exit requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria at 2137 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 265-2800. Visit the Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria web site for the most current visa information.

Major Airports:

Algiers Airport, Algeria, EGSA, Dar-el-Beida, 1600
Algiers, ALGERIA
Tel: +213 (7)21 50 99 79, +213 (7)21 20 70 80
Fax: +213 (7)21 20 70 01, +213 (7)21 20 70 79
Email: dg@egsa.dz
Website: www.algiersairport.free.fr
Telex: 2 67824

Annaba Airport, Algeria, PO Box 160, Annaba-El
Melah, ALGERIA
Tel: +213 (7)38 82 23 29, +213 (7)38 82 17 34
Constantine Airport, Algeria, BP 182, 25000
Constantine, ALGERIA
Constantine Airport, Algeria, EGSA, Airport
Mohamed Boudiaf, Ain El Bay, 25000 Constantine,
ALGERIA
Tel: +213 (7)4 93 39 13, +213 (7)4 93 69 62, +213 (7)4 93 92 40
Fax: +213 (7)4 93 69 64

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Risks and Precautions:

April 02, 2010

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Algeria. This Travel Warning updates information on the current security situation in Algeria and the continuing threat posed by terrorism. This replaces the Travel Warning dated November 16, 2009, to update information on security incidents and recommendations on security awareness.

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens who travel to Algeria to evaluate carefully the risks posed to their personal safety. Terrorist attacks, including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, ambushes, and assassinations occur regularly, particularly in the Kabylie region of the country. Since early 2007, the use of suicide bomb attacks, particularly vehicle-borne attacks, has emerged as a terrorist tactic in Algeria, including in the capital. The group that claimed credit for the December 11, 2007, suicide car-bomb attacks in Algiers has pledged more attacks against foreign targets, and specifically against American targets.   The same group is believed to operate in Southern Algeria and has kidnapped foreigners in neighboring countries.  This kidnapping threat was noted in the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution, dated February 12, 2010.

The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens avoid overland travel in Algeria. Americans who reside or travel in Algeria should take prudent security measures while in the country, including making provisions for reliable and experienced logistical support.  Additionally, sporadic episodes of civil unrest have been known to occur.  U.S. citizens should avoid large crowds and maintain security awareness at all times. Visitors to Algeria are advised to stay only in hotels where adequate security is provided. All visitors to Algeria should remain alert and adhere to prudent security practices such as avoiding predictable travel patterns and maintaining a low profile.

The U.S. government considers the potential threat to U.S. Embassy personnel assigned to Algiers sufficiently serious to require them to live and work under significant security restrictions. These practices limit, and may occasionally prevent, the movement of U.S. Embassy officials and the provision of consular services in certain areas of the country. The Government of Algeria requires U.S. Embassy personnel to seek permission to travel to the Casbah within Algiers or outside the province of Algiers and to have a security escort. Travel to the military zone established around the Hassi Messaoud oil center requires Government of Algeria authorization. Daily movement of Embassy personnel in Algiers is limited, and prudent security practices are required at all times. Travel by embassy personnel within the city requires prior coordination with the Embassy's Regional Security Office. U.S.-citizen visitors are encouraged to contact the Embassy's Consular Section for the most recent safety and security information concerning travel in the city of Algiers.

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Algeria are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Algiers through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Algeria. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is located at 5 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi in the El Biar district of Algiers. The telephone number is [213] 770 08 20 00, which can also be reached after hours in the event of emergencies. The fax number is [213] 21 98 22 99.

Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

For further information on general crime and security issues, U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s Country Specific Information on Algeria as well as the Worldwide Caution, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 29.87 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 73.26 years (male 71.68/female 74.92)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None. Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid. Boosters: tetanus-diptheria, measles and polio as needed

 

Infectious Disease Concerns:

A limited risk of malaria exists in parts of Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco. Dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (river blindness) are other diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region. Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection, is found in fresh water in the region. Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Hospitals and clinics in Algeria are available and improving in the large urban centers, but are still not up to Western standards. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for services. Most medical practitioners speak French; English is not widely used.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 2
Referrals: 39
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

One of the major public health concerns in Algeria is traffic-related accidents. Cases of tuberculosis are regularly reported, but do not reach endemic levels. Every summer, public health authorities report limited occurrences of water-borne diseases, such as typhoid. In addition, HIV/AIDS is a concern in the remote southern part of the country, especially in border towns.

Communications Info:
Country Calling Code: 213
Internet Code:  .dz

 



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