Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Algiers

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Algiers, Algeria (August 11, 2020)

Event:  The global public health threat posed by the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is high, with more than 19,102,072 reported cases worldwide.  On August 11, the Algerian Ministry of Health announced 36,204 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,322 deaths, in Algeria.

The Algerian government started to ease the measures it had undertaken to limit the spread of COVID-19 by allowing more businesses to reopen and allowing some public transportation in cities to resume, but the lifting of restrictions is gradual and dependent on the evolution of COVID-19 cases in Algeria. In recent weeks businesses have been shut down because of non-compliance with health restrictions.

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.  Public and private transport (such as private taxis) in the 29 provinces listed below  has been prohibited on Fridays and Saturdays until further notice.

A curfew is in effect in 29 of Algeria’s 48 provinces, including in Algiers, where the curfew is from 11pm to 6am.  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.

Any of the above curfew and public transportation restrictions may vary by wilaya depending on agreements between the wilaya and other authorities.

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.

U.S. government personnel are advised to practice social distancing and restricting movements.  U.S. Embassy consular services are limited as further described below.

On August 6, 2020, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory. The Global Advisory, initially put in place on March 19, 2020, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  The Department will now revert to individual country assessments.  Please see the updated COVID-19 Traveler Information page.  The Department of State also issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory (Reconsider Travel) for Algeria.  In addition, the CDC maintains 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:  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/.

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