March 30, 2020
Message for U.S. Citizens:
- As of March 30, Algeria has confirmed 584 cases of COVID-19 and 35 COVID-19 related deaths in its borders.
- Algeria has banned all types of gatherings of more than two persons, including the weekly “hirak” demonstration that have taken place for the last 12 months. All houses of worship are closed, including for Friday prayers. All cultural, sporting and commercial events are suspended.
- All Algerian schools, universities, public transportation, restaurants and cafes (in large cities), public baths, event halls, and nightclubs are closed.
- A curfew has been imposed in Algiers, Batna, Tizi Ouzou, Setif, Tipaza, Constantine, Medea Oran, El Oued and Boumerdes from 7 pm to 7 am.
- The wilaya of Blida is under mandatory confinement. All movements within and out of the province are prohibited.
- The Ministry of Health has advised people to dial 3030 if they suspect they are symptomatic.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On March 17, Algerian President Tebboune announced the immediate closure of all land borders and the suspension of non-cargo international air and maritime travel. All commercial international flights are suspended. Domestic flights are suspended as of March 22.
Global Health Alerts:
- The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19
- CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Algeria.
- On March 22, the Algerian government declared that they are a Level 3 country based on the World Health Organization criteria.
American Citizen Services:
- 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.
- Effective March 16, 2020, U.S. Embassy Algiers cancelled all routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
- As of March 18, 2020, Algerian authorities announced that they are quarantining known cases of confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.