Official Travel Advice for Algeria
Safety and security (Political situation) - addition of information on the presidential election, scheduled to take place on 12th December
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 24 Jan 2020.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to areas within:
- 30km of the borders with Libya, Mauritania, Mali and Niger
- 30km of the border with Tunisia in the provinces of Illizi and Ouargla and in the Chaambi mountains area
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to within 30km of the remainder of the border with Tunisia.
Country-wide demonstrations and other forms of protest, which broke out across Algeria in February after former President Bouteflika stood for a fifth term, are continuing. In particular, these are taking place in central Algiers. You should take precautions for your personal safety, avoid political gatherings and demonstrations and take local advice. Protests or strikes can affect transport. Observe instructions given by the local security authorities.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Algeria, including kidnappings. Terrorist attacks have focussed on the Algerian state, but attacks could be indiscriminate and include foreigners. There’s also a risk that lone actors could target foreigners. You should be vigilant at all times and take additional security precautions, especially in: towns and cities; the southern, Libyan and Tunisian border areas; rural and mountainous areas in the north; and the Sahara.
The threat from terrorism is higher in some parts of the country:
- the southern border (where the kidnap risk is concentrated)
- the Libyan and Tunisian borders
- rural, and particularly mountainous, areas in the north and between Tunisia and Algiers
- the Sahara
The Algerian authorities devote considerable resources to the safety of foreign visitors. In cities there’s a clear security presence, which can feel intrusive. Authorities will want to know your travel plans when travelling outside major cities and may assign police or gendarmes to protect you.
If you’re travelling independently you should notify the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or local authorities of your plans. Your hotel should be able to help you with contacting local authorities. This doesn’t apply if you have dual Algerian nationality. You should accept any security escort you’re offered and co-operate with authorities. See Terrorism.
When moving around Algiers and the other main cities, you should avoid areas that you don’t know, especially after dark. Travelling in rural areas and at night is particularly risky and it’s always advisable to travel with a reputable guide or companion in these areas. Avoid travel by road at night outside the major cities and motorways. See Crime and Local travel
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is severely limited in parts of Algeria where we advise against all travel and limited where we advise against all but essential travel.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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Visitors/Tourists: 2,395,000 in 2011
French (official language) 20%