January 25, 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- As of January 25, Algeria confirmed 105 854 cases of COVID-19 and 2862COVID-19 related deaths in its borders.
- In mid-November, the Algerian government imposed mandated 7:00 pm daily closures on some businesses, including salons, home goods stores, and commercial centers, in the 29 wilayas, including Algiers. Restaurants and cafes are also subject to the 7:00pm closure requirement and offer only carry-out or delivery services. The lifting of restrictions will be gradual and dependent on the evolution of COVID-19 cases in Algeria.
- People are required to wear a protective mask when in public and those who do not comply may be subject to a fine.
- All land borders remain closed and the suspension of non-cargo international air and maritime travel remains in place. Domestic air travel resumed in early December. Public and private transportation has been prohibited between the provinces listed below as being impacted by a curfew. Public transportation (and depending on the province, private transportation) may be suspended on Fridays and Saturdays in the provinces affected by a curfew.
- A curfew is in effect in 34 of Algeria’s 48 provinces, including in Algiers, where the curfew is from 8 pm to 5 am. The other provinces covered by the curfew are: Adrar, Laghouat, Oum El Bouaghi, Batna, Bejaïa, Biskra, Blida, Bouira, Tébessa, Tlemcen, Tiaret, Tizi-Ouzou, Jijel, Sétif, Guelma, Annaba, Constantine, Médéa, Mostaganem, M’Sila, Ouargla, Oran, Illizi, Bordj Bou Arréridj, Boumerdes, El Tarf, Tindouf, Tissemsilt, El Oued, Khenchela, Souk Ahras, Tipaza, and Aïn Temouchent. Curfews are constantly being reviewed and revised and the curfew may be more restrictive in certain provinces or in certain areas of the provinces above for short periods of time as the health situation develops.
- 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.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Algeria? Yes.
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? No. Not always. Can depend on volume of tests in processing. Consult with the testing facility.
- U.S. citizens should be able to obtain a COVID-19 test (PCR) by contacting one of the following testing laboratory closest to their location:
- AIT BACHIR Bejaia Boulevard Aissat Idir, Akbou firstname.lastname@example.org 05 42 81 83 61
- BAHOURA Zeralda 64 lotissement Azouz Abdellah email@example.com 07 72 31 31 60
- IBN ROCHD Ghardaia 3 rue Khemisti firstname.lastname@example.org 06 68 25 27 28 / 05 41 39 22 61
- KALACHE Draria cité des 142 logements, Bt N16 route de la wilaya email@example.com 06 57 18 13 39
- KHOURI Tipaza 137 rue cimetière , route de Meurad ,Hadjout firstname.lastname@example.org 06 97 71 63 05
- LAZLI Rouiba Les Orangers, cité des 7 logements, villa N°4 email@example.com 05 51 01 61 22
- RAMDANI Val hydra Résidence Chabani, Bt F2 firstname.lastname@example.org 05 60 10 93 35
- SIFER Tizi ouzou Coopérative Azrou Laghriv,locaux 1 et 2, lot Thala email@example.com 05 40 66 88 66
- BENDALI Miliana 11 rue Emir Abdelkader firstname.lastname@example.org 05 55 05 99 31
- HAMMADI Bab El Oued 4 Avenue colonel Lotfi, email@example.com 05 40 97 32 88
- OUKRIF Tessala El Merdja Coopérative N°29, villa N°49, firstname.lastname@example.org 06 65 58 53 01
- BIOTOP Kouba Cité les vergers ilot 36 coop Ennadjah, Kouba email@example.com 06 73 74 06 98
- BELARBI Oran 248 bis rue Carrula Hai Khemisti Bir El Djir firstname.lastname@example.org 06 66 53 38 76
- EPSILON Alger centre 37 rue Larbi Ben Mhidi (ex rue d’Isly) email@example.com 06 98 85 30 15
- SERAPI Birkhadem 1 rue Mohammed Kious, Birkhadem firstname.lastname@example.org 06 69 08 36 38
- SIFI Meftah rue des frères Ayadi
- ADNANE Mostaganem 2 rue Bouhella Habib 045 21 25 19
- MELAINE Khraicia 136 route de Birtouta email@example.com 05 50 40 81 77
- Clinique des bougainvilliers Azazga En face du lycée Jeunes Filles, Azazga firstname.lastname@example.org 05 50 02 63 41
- The above list is a subset, and there may be other testing sites available.
- Average testing cost is approximately 8,800 DZD – 12,000 DZD.
- Exact method of results delivery will vary. Thus, each client should inquire when they make the testing appointment..
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Algeria approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No.
- The United States 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.
- Information from the CDC regarding 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. Limited domestic flights were resumed December 6.
- 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
- 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 Etrangers) to request visa extensions. The U.S. Embassy cannot process these requests.
Movement Restrictions: (See Country-Specific Information above for details)
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- All travelers to Algeria must self-quarantine for two weeks at a location of the traveler’s choosing. Travelers must comply with a medical screening at the hotel.
- As of March 18, 2020, Algerian authorities announced they are quarantining known cases of confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.
- For international travel to/from Algeria, only special, commercial repatriation flights are in operation. The rules of purchasing a ticket and boarding are fluid, but U.S. citizens have been able to board these flights, mostly to depart the country. However, many common transit countries have special transit rules in place. Please confirm with your airline that you will be permitted to board/transit.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes – See Country-Specific Information above for details
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Enforcement is variable. However, fines of up to 10,000 Algerian Dinars can be assessed for not wearing a mask in public.
American Citizen Services:
- U.S. Embassy Algiers has suspended all routine consular services and is providing only emergency services. U.S. citizens should email ACSAlgiers@state.gov.
- Please make sure you are also enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://step.state.gov to ensure the U.S. Embassy can contact you with updates.
- Please continue to check this website and the Embassy’s Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates.
- If you wish to depart Algeria and are interested in receiving information about possible upcoming flights, please email ACSAlgiers@state.gov.
- The U.S. Embassy in Algeria has suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume these services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/dz/dz-main-contactus.asp, e-mail support-Algeria@ustraveldocs.com, or call 213 982 402 688 to request an emergency appointment. Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L, and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.