Algeria Specific Information

*** Effective March 20, 2022, passengers can enter Algeria without restriction if they are fully vaccinated and if their last vaccine is not older than 9 months.  Non-vaccinated passengers and those whose vaccinations are older than 9 months must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the time of arrival.  We recommend that you check with the Algerian authorities on further entry requirements, including vaccination and quarantine.   

*** Effective January 5, 2022, the Algerian government is requiring all travelers over the age of 18 entering or exiting Algeria to present a “vaccination pass” that proves complete COVID-19 vaccination. 

*** Effective December 6, 2021, all air travelers aged two and above traveling to the United States 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.

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, 2021.  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.
  • The Algerian government has lifted all curfews nationwide.

Additionally, the “vaccination pass” is required to access public spaces and buildings to include: 

  • Stadiums and locations for sporting events
  • Sports halls, gyms, and swimming pools
  • Meetings, seminars, and conferences
  • Cinemas, theaters, museums, and entertainment venues
  • National and local festivities and events
  • Lounges and exhibition fairs
  • Party halls
  • Hammams

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 one calendar day? Yes. 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 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.
  • 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?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Algeria for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • 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 vaccinesin 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 required for entry?  Starting on March 20, 2022, passengers can now enter Algeria without restriction if they are fully vaccinated and if their last vaccine is not older than 9 months.  Non-vaccinated passengers and those whose vaccinations are older than 9 months must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the time of arrival.  We recommend that you check with the Algerian authorities on further entry requirements, including vaccination and quarantine.   
  • 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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Last updated April 7, 2022