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All nationals wishing to enter Algeria are required to have visas. Additionally, your passport must be valid for at least six months after the date of travel. Tourist visas are typically good for 30 days, while multiple visas are valid up to 90 days. A transit visa is needed by passengers whose stay exceeds 24 hours. Visas may be obtained from your respective embassy, and fees vary according to nationality. Applications take 10 to 15 days to process so make sure you have your paperwork in order well in advance.

Health and Safety

Make sure you get comprehensive travel and medical insurance when visiting Algeria. Health care facilities are mostly reliable in the northern parts of the country, but are limited in the south. Beware of possible water contamination that can cause diarrhea or an upset stomach. While tap water is generally safe to drink, it’s a good idea to rely on bottled water at least for the first weeks. Vaccinations are not required, but advised for hepatitis B, tuberculosis and tetanus. The risk of malaria is low, but travelers are encouraged to use insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites.

Terrorist activity and violence have largely subsided in major cities of Algeria. However, they continue to strike at security forces and randomly harass civilians outside urban areas. While the late night curfew in central Algiers has been lifted, the government still puts up roadblocks on major streets in and out of the city so avoid traveling at night.

Muggings and assaults have increased, especially in urban areas, so avoid carrying valuables or large amounts of money. Generally, however, cities are safe.

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