Algeria Specific Information

*** Effective December 6, 2021, all air travelers aged two and above will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day prior to departure, or documentation of recovery in the past 90 days.  This supersedes previous testing requirements, which differentiated between vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. 

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States

Country-Specific Information

COVID-related preventative measures now in effect include:

  • People are required to wear a protective mask when in public and those who do not comply may be subject to a fine.
  • Land borders remain generally closed, with periodic exceptions.  The Algerian government announced the reopening of non-cargo international air travel on June 1.  Limited flights are available, and criteria for entry under the new regulations is available from the government of Algeria.  The government may impose additional restrictions should the epidemiological situation warrant.  In mid-June, the government announced maritime travel would resume.  Domestic air travel resumed late last year.  Public transportation (and depending on the wilaya, private transportation) may be disrupted on Fridays and Saturdays in the wilayas affected by a curfew.
  • The Algerian government has lifted all curfews nationwide.
  • Across the entire country, the ban on any kind of gathering, including family gatherings such as weddings and circumcision parties, will remain in place.
  • The Ministry of Health has advised people to dial 3030 if they suspect they are symptomatic. Visit the website of the Algerian Ministry of Health for updates and its dedicated webpage for additional information on these measures.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Which vaccines are available in Algeria? Primarily SINOVAC, though SPUTNIK-V, ASTRA-ZENECA, and Johnson and Johnson are occasionally available.
  • The Algerian Ministry of Health has a website to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. It has also announced that individuals may register at public health units: “établissements publics de santé de proximité (EPSP).”  There is a prioritization which includes age group, but the Ministry has not published specifics.  The registration web page, available in French and Arabic, may not be accessible from the U.S. and can be found here: http://www.sante.gov.dz Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Algeria closed all land borders and suspended non-cargo international air and maritime travel as of March 17, 2020. Limited domestic flights were resumed December 6, 2020, and the government launched a partial reopening for international passenger flights on June 1, with certain restrictions.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.  However, please be advised that at this time, entry into the country for U.S. citizens may require dual U.S.-Algerian citizenship, or special permission. Algeria does require a visa.  Please visit the Algerian Consulate in New York ( https://www.algeria-cgny.org/visa-application/ ) or the Algerian Embassy in Washington, D.C. ( https://www.algerianembassy.org/consular-affairs/visa/visa-instructions.html  )
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, the Algerian authorities require an antigen test for Covid upon arrival.

Visa extensions for residents and/or tourists: The Algerian government has instructed the U.S. Embassy to inform citizens in need of Algerian visa extensions to contact their local wilaya Ministry of Foreign Affairs directly (Bureau de la Circulation des Étrangers) to request visa extensions. The U.S. Embassy cannot process these requests.

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