August 11, 2020
- As of August 11 Algeria confirmed 36,204 cases of COVID-19 and 1,322 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. All vehicle travel between the 29 provinces listed below as being impacted by a curfew has been prohibited for one week as of July 10. The governor of Algiers prohibited all public transportation on Fridays and Saturdays until further notice. Public transportation (and depending on the province, private transportation) may be suspended in the other 28 provinces affected by a curfew on Fridays and Saturdays.
- A curfew is in effect in 29 of Algeria’s 48 provinces, including in Algiers, where the curfew is from 8pm to 5am. 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.
Global Health Alerts:
- The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory (Reconsider Travel) for Algeria.
- CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Algeria.
- On March 22, the Algerian government declared Algeria is a Level 3 country based on the World Health Organization criteria.
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 United States Embassy in Algeria remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa 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/.
- As of March 18, 2020, Algerian authorities announced that they are quarantining known cases of confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.