October 26, 2020
- As of October 26, Algeria confirmed 56,419 cases of COVID-19 and 1,922 COVID-19 related deaths in its borders.
- The Algerian government has started to ease the measures it had undertaken to limit the spread of COVID-19 by allowing more businesses to reopen and allowing public transportation in cities to resume, but 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. All land borders remain closed and the suspension of non-cargo domestic and international air and maritime travel remains in place. Public and private transportation between the 29 provinces listed below as being impacted by a curfew has been prohibited. 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 29 of Algeria’s 48 provinces, including in Algiers, where the curfew is from 11pm to 6am. The other provinces covered by the curfew are: Boumerdes, Souk Ahras, Tissemsilt, Djelfa, Mascara, Oum El Bouaghi, Batna, Bouira, Relizane, Biskra, Khenchela, M’sila, Chlef, Sidi Bel Abbes, Médéa, Blida, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Tipaza, Ouargla, Bechar, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Annaba, Bejaia, Adrar, Laghouat, El Oued. 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.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Algeria closed all land borders and suspended non-cargo international air and maritime travel as of March 17 and suspended domestic flights as of March 22.
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes However, please be advised that at this time, it seems most travel is by exception and driven by legitimate repatriation needs. 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? No
- 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 requests, which are entirely up to the Algerian government.
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 quarantine in a state-determined hotel for one week followed by quarantine for an additional week in the location of the traveler’s choosing. Travelers must comply with a medical screening at the hotel. Currently, there are no charges to travelers for the one-week quarantine hotel stay.
- As of March 18, 2020, Algerian authorities announced they are quarantining known cases of confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.
- Are commercial flights operating? No
- 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. However, normal transiting rules are also in flux. Problems with baggage transfer are common.
- Is public transportation operating? YesSee 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.
- Several airlines are running exceptional flights for their citizens. Seats may be available at short notice for other nationalities.
- 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/.