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.

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 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 8pm until 6am daily in the following 35 wilayas: Adrar, Ain Temouchent, Algiers, Batna, Béchar, Bejaia, Biskra, Blida, Bouira, Boumerdes, Constantine, El Bayadh, El Oued, Guelma, Jijel, Khenchela, Laghouat, Mascara, Mostaganem, M’Sila, Naâma, Oran, Ouargla, Ouled Djellal, Oum El Bouaghi, Relizane, Sétif, Sidi Bel Abbes, Souk Ahras, Tebessa, Tindouf, Tipaza, Tissemsilt, Tizi Ouzou and Tlemcen.
  • In wilayas under curfew, all second-hand vehicle markets, sports halls and gyms, youth centers and cultural centers will be closed.
  • In wilayas under curfew, all cafes, restaurants, fast-food outlets and ice cream vendors will be authorized to operate as take-away services only.
  • In wilayas under curfew, all recreational areas for leisure and relaxation (including beaches) will be closed.
  • Across the entire country, the ban on any kind of gathering, including family gatherings such as weddings and circumcision parties, will remain in place.
  • 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

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 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 Étrangers) to request visa extensions. The U.S. Embassy cannot process these requests.

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