Travel visa to Algeria.
– Everyone needs to obtain an advance visa from the Algerian embassy / consulate where you can apply for a visa to travel to Algeria in your country or country of residence.
– You are required to provide proof of income, health insurance, and flight and hotel reservations
It is important to know that the visa starts from the day of issue, not the day of entry.
Arrival in Algeria
There are currently three ways to reach Algeria, overland from Tunisia, the land borders with Morocco, Libya, Mali and Mauritania are closed.
Boat transport is more expensive than aviation which is the most common and easiest mode of transportation as there are 18 international airports around Algeria.
– On arrival in Algeria, all luggage will be checked, as will the check-in bags.
When you leave Algeria, you must declare all the money you get from the country, as well as the dollar / euro, etc. that I took with you to the country.
Transportation in Algeria
Since Algeria is the largest country in Africa, flying is the best option, especially if it is traveling from one region to another, as domestic flights are very cheap.
Buses: The quality of the roads in Algeria is excellent as the highways are as good as throughout Central Europe, and there are regular buses to every destination around Algeria.
There are three main train routes for Algeria, all in the northern part of the country, and the train runs from three lines (Algiers to Oran, Algeria to Constantine. Algiers to Annaba)
The best time to visit Algeria
Algeria has a wonderful variety of landscapes with the Sahara Desert in the south, and beaches along the Mediterranean Sea to the north,
Mountains that provide excellent hiking during the summer and ski opportunities in the snow during the winter.
Learn the Algerian language and phrases
The Arabic language is the primary language spoken by more than 80 percent of the Algerian population, in addition to the Berber language, as well as the widely spoken French language in Algeria, where it is considered a secondary language. Outside the big cities, people speak different Berber accents.
It is rare to speak English as only young generations understand it, so you should get yourself the Algerian-Arabic Phrasebook.
Change the currency
– The Dinar (DZD) is the official currency of Algeria and comes in a wide range of categories, including 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 DA coins, while notes come in 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 DA denominations.
Foreign money can be exchanged at the bank or the post office.
– Credit cards will not be useful as ATM machines are only available in urban areas and traveler’s checks are only accepted in high-end hotels and government-run gift shops
Change your money to the local currency at banks, the international airport, and large hotels instead of the black market.
Safety and security standards
Safety is the biggest concern for travelers and the main reason why many tourists do not visit Algeria, at least if you read many travel forums
Official travel advice by the UK government states: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advised not to travel to areas within:
30- km of borders with Libya, Mauritania, Mali and Niger
30 km from the border with Tunisia in the provinces of Illizi and Ouargla and in the Champi Mountains region.
With the exception of these regions, Algeria is considered a safe country.
Eat Algerian food
Algerian food is a mixture of many cultures. Since Algeria was a French colony 132 years ago, it is not surprising that there is a great French influence that dominates all aspects of life and in terms of food. You will also find a diversity between Berber, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, and Arabic cuisine.
Couscous and chicken / mutton are available everywhere.
It is also important to bring a hat and sunglasses that are appropriate to protect you from the sun.
Other tips for traveling to Algeria
As a precaution, bring copies of your passport and other travel documents with you. The passport must also be valid for a period of no less than six months to cover your stay.
Bring any necessary prescription medication you need to last with you for the duration of your trip.
As a safety precaution, travelers should consider using an experienced guide on the day they go to Algeria as this provides a level of protection and gives travelers an opportunity to relax and enjoy
It is also best to walk around during the day and stay indoors in the evening. Also make sure to pre-arrange the accommodations before arriving in Algeria.
Travelers should avoid going to the outer cities around Tamanrasset, Bordj Bou Arreridj and Gantt.