Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Algiers, Algeria (July 10, 2020)
Event: The global public health threat posed by the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is high, with more than 10,704,228 reported cases worldwide. On July 10, the Algerian Ministry of Health announced 18,242 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 996 deaths, in Algeria.
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.
All land borders remain closed and the suspension of non-cargo domestic and international air and maritime travel remains in place. People are required to wear a protective mask when in public and an 8pm to 5am curfew is in effect in 29 of Algeria’s 48 provinces, including in Algiers. 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.
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.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. U.S. government personnel are advised to practice social distancing and restricting movements. U.S. Embassy consular services are limited as further described below.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Algeria.
American Citizen Services: Effective March 16, 2020, U.S. Embassy Algiers suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information: https://dz.usembassy.gov/ or see assistance information below. 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.
Visa Appointments: In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Algeria.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
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