Algeria Specific Information

July 19, 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.  If you need to travel due to an extraordinary humanitarian emergency and you are unable to obtain a test, please click here for more information on waivers.
Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

  • As of July 18, Algeria confirmed 153,309 cases of COVID-19 and 3,938 COVID-19 related deaths in its borders.
  • Since March 2020, the Algerian government has imposed health-related restrictions on some businesses. The lifting of restrictions has been gradual.  There still may be limitations on maximum operating capacity and certain types of large gatherings.
  • 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 for certain qualifying travelers, and passengers arriving in Algeria must quarantine for five days at a government-selected hotel.  Criteria for entry under the new regulations is available from the government of Algeria.  In mid-June, the government announced it would soon resume maritime travel.  Domestic air travel resumed in early December.   Public transportation (and depending on the wilaya, private transportation) may be disrupted on Fridays and Saturdays in the wilayas affected by a curfew.
  • A curfew is in effect from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. in 14 wilayas, including in Algiers. The other wilayas covered by the curfew are:  Laghouat, Batna, Bejaia, Blida, Tebessa, Tizi-Ouzou, Sétif, Sidi Bel Abbes, Constantine, M’Sila, Ouargla, Oran et Boumerdes.  Curfews are constantly being reviewed and revised and the curfew may be more restrictive in certain wilayas or in certain areas of the wilayas 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.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Algeria? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes. Consult with the testing facility.
  • S. citizens should be able to obtain a COVID-19 test (PCR) by contacting one of the following testing laboratories closest to their location:
  • AIT BACHIR Bejaia Boulevard Aissat Idir, Akbou laboaitbachir@gmail.com 05 42 81 83 61
  • BAHOURA Zeralda 64 lotissement Azouz Abdellah zeralda@yahoo.fr 07 72 31 31 60
  • IBN ROCHD Ghardaia 3 rue Khemisti laboibnrochd47@hotmail.fr 06 68 25 27 28 / 05 41 39 22 61
  • KALACHE Draria cité des 142 logements, Bt N16 route de la wilaya nasskalache@hotmail.com 06 57 18 13 39
  • KHOURI Tipaza 137 rue cimetière , route de Meurad ,Hadjout khourilaboratoire@gmail.com 06 97 71 63 05
  • LAZLI Rouiba Les Orangers, cité des 7 logements, villa N°4 ilzaladiraf@gmail.com 05 51 01 61 22
  • RAMDANI Val hydra Résidence Chabani, Bt F2 nramdanidz@yahoo.fr 05 60 10 93 35
  • SIFER Tizi ouzou Coopérative Azrou Laghriv,locaux 1 et 2, lot Thala laboratoiresifer@gmail.com 05 40 66 88 66
  • BENDALI Miliana 11 rue Emir Abdelkader labomiliania@gmail.com 05 55 05 99 31
  • HAMMADI Bab El Oued 4 Avenue colonel Lotfi, khadidjaboulkheloua@yahoo.fr 05 40 97 32 88
  • OUKRIF Tessala El Merdja Coopérative N°29, villa N°49, lam-oukrif@outlook.fr 06 65 58 53 01
  • BIOTOP Kouba Cité les vergers ilot 36 coop Ennadjah, Kouba lesvergers@gmail.com 06 73 74 06 98
  • BELARBI Oran 248 bis rue Carrula Hai Khemisti Bir El Djir laboratoirebelarbi@gmail.com 06 66 53 38 76
  • EPSILON Alger centre 37 rue Larbi Ben Mhidi (ex rue d’Isly) epsilon@gmail.com 06 98 85 30 15
  • SERAPI Birkhadem 1 rue Mohammed Kious, Birkhadem serapi@gmail.com 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 souhilamelaine@gmail.com 05 50 40 81 77
  • Clinique des bougainvilliers Azazga En face du lycée Jeunes Filles, Azazga contact@cliniquelesbougainvilliers.com 05 50 02 63 41
  • VFS Global: https://www.vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/covid-test.html
  • Clinique Al Azhar: https://www.cliniquealazhar.com/
    Tél: (0)23 29 02 88, (0)23 29 02 90/91/92, (0)5 60 95 7000, (0)5 60 95 8000
    contact@cliniquealazhar.comThe 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:

  • Which vaccines are available in Algeria? SPUTNIK-V, SINOPHARM, ASTRA-ZENECA
  • 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/prevention/1067-inscription-pour-vaccination-covid-19-en-ligne.htm
  • 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, 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
  • 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, in certain wilayas.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Restrictions on inter-wilaya travel have previously been instated based on the epidemiological situation.  Restrictions are currently suspended.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • Under the June 1, 2021 guidance governing the partial reopening of international air traffic, travelers to Algeria must quarantine for five days at a hotel of the government’s choosing at a cost of 33,000 dinars. Travelers must complete a COVID-19 test at the end of the five-day period.
  • As of March 18, 2020, Algerian authorities announced they are quarantining known cases of confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.

Transportation Options:

  • For international travel to/from Algeria, limited commercial flights are in operation compared to pre-pandemic flight volume. 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.

Consular Operations

American Citizen Services:

  • S. Embassy Algiers has resumed some consular. U.S. citizens should email ACSAlgiers@state.gov to request an appointment.
  • 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.

 Visa Appointments:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Algeria  is currently processing immigrant visas, though with reduced capacity. The Embassy is not presently accepting routine nonimmigrant visas. 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.

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