Algeria Specific Information

January 25, 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.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

  • As of January 25, Algeria confirmed 105 854 cases of COVID-19 and 2862COVID-19 related deaths in its borders.
  • In mid-November, the Algerian government imposed mandated 7:00 pm daily closures on some businesses, including salons, home goods stores, and commercial centers, in the 29 wilayas, including Algiers.  Restaurants and cafes are also subject to the 7:00pm closure requirement and offer only carry-out or delivery services.  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 and those who do not comply may be subject to a fine.  
  • All land borders remain closed and the suspension of non-cargo international air and maritime travel remains in place. Domestic air travel resumed in early December.  Public and private transportation has been prohibited between the provinces listed below as being impacted by a curfew.  Public transportation (and depending on the province, private transportation) may be suspended on Fridays and Saturdays in the provinces affected by a curfew.
  • A curfew is in effect in 34 of Algeria’s 48 provinces, including in Algiers, where the curfew is from 8 pm to 5 am. The other provinces covered by the curfew are:  Adrar, Laghouat, Oum El Bouaghi, Batna, Bejaïa, Biskra, Blida, Bouira, Tébessa, Tlemcen, Tiaret, Tizi-Ouzou, Jijel, Sétif, Guelma, Annaba, Constantine, Médéa, Mostaganem, M’Sila, Ouargla, Oran, Illizi,  Bordj Bou Arréridj, Boumerdes, El Tarf, Tindouf, Tissemsilt, El Oued, Khenchela, Souk Ahras, Tipaza, and  Aïn Temouchent.  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.

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? No. Not always. Can depend on volume of tests in processing.  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 laboratory closest to their location:
  • The 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:

  • Has the government of Algeria approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  No.
  • The United States 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. 
  • Information from the CDC regarding 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. Limited domestic flights were resumed December 6.
  • 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
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • All travelers to Algeria must self-quarantine for two weeks at a location of the traveler’s choosing.   Travelers must comply with a medical screening at the hotel.
  • 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, only special, commercial repatriation flights are in operation.  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: 

  •  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.
  • If you wish to depart Algeria and are interested in receiving information about possible upcoming flights, please email ACSAlgiers@state.gov. 

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