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Capital Algiers
Political Structure 48 Entities
Population 33739000
Urban Population 64%
Population Growth 1.5%
Income per Capita 5940$ / Year
Literacy Rate 69.9%
Languages Arabic
AreaSetup Travel112 2381740 km²
Time Zone UTC/GMT +1.00
AltitudeSetup Travel112 ~ 565 m
Currency DZD (Dinar)
Country Code DZ
Neighbours NE, EH, LY, MR, TN, MA, ML
Vehicle Registration Code DZ
Top-Level Domain .dz
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Ministry for Foreign Affairs (fr)
www.mae.dz
Travel Guide
www.lonelyplanet.com
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en.wikipedia.org
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Algeria

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News and Warnings

Safety

Publisher: U.S. Department of StateSetup Travel112Helptext
Last Update: 2010-04-02
Safety and Security
Terrorism continues to pose a threat to the safety and security of American citizens traveling to Algeria. Terrorist activities, including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, ambushes, and assassinations occur regularly, particularly in the Kabylie region. Since early 2007, vehicle-borne suicide bomb attacks have emerged as a terrorist tactic in Algeria, including in the capital. Suicide car bomb attacks in December 2007 targeted the UN Headquarters and the Algerian Constitutional Council in Algiers. The attacks occurred in areas where many diplomatic missions and residences are located. The group that claimed credit for the December 2007 attacks has pledged more attacks against foreign targets, and specifically U.S. targets.  The same group is believed to operate in southern Algeria and has kidnapped foreigners in neighboring countries.  This kidnapping threat was noted in the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution, dated February 12, 2010.

The Travel Warning for Algeria contains the most current information concerning the threat from terrorism.

The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens avoid overland travel in Algeria. U.S.citizens who reside or travel in Algeria should take prudent security measures while in the country, including making provisions for reliable and experienced logistical support.  Additionally, sporadic episodes of civil unrest have been known to occur.  U.S. citizens should avoid large crowds and maintain security awareness at all times. Visitors to Algeria are advised to stay only in hotels where adequate security is provided. All visitors to Algeria should remain alert and adhere to prudent security practices such as avoiding predictable travel patterns and maintaining a low profile.

Currently, Embassy staffing is at full capacity, but may not be able to provide full emergency consular services in certain areas of the country due to security restrictions. U.S. Government employees traveling between cities must be accompanied by a security escort. Overland travel is not recommended. U.S. citizens should also carefully consider the security risks involved when using public transportation such as buses and taxis.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs’ web site, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, including the Travel Warning for Algeria, as well as the Worldwide Caution.

Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, by calling a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to take responsibility for their own personal security while traveling overseas. For general information about appropriate measures travelers can take to protect themselves in an overseas environment, see the Department of State’s extensive tips and advice on traveling safely abroad.

Crime
The crime rate in Algeria is moderately high and increasing. Serious crimes have been reported in which armed men posing as police officers have entered homes and robbed the occupants at gunpoint. False roadblocks/checkpoints have been employed to rob motorists (see Traffic Safety and Road Conditions section below). Some of these incidents resulted in the murder of the vehicles' occupants; there has been an increase in the kidnapping of vehicle occupants who appear to be wealthy. Petty theft and home burglary occur frequently, and muggings are on the rise, especially after dark in the cities. Theft of contents and parts from parked cars, pick-pocketing, theft on trains and buses, theft of items left in hotel rooms and purse snatching are common. Alarms, grills, and/or guards help to protect most foreigners' residences.

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Emergency

Telephone Numbers

Police Fire Brigade Ambulance Mobile Phone (GSM)
21606666 14 17 112

Embassies and Consulates

Attention: As a citizen of the European Union, you can use the embassies and consulates of the other member states as well. You will find the list of represented EU states on our webpage Embassies and Consulates.


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American Express Diners Club Discover EC/Maestro JCB MasterCard Visa

Money Transfer

Western Union[2]  and other companies are offering a worldwide service, to send money to friends or relatives within minutes to nearly every location in the world. Per location the stored agents will be shown. You can find the agents on the map also, as long a road map is available.
Alternatively you can send money online also, but this service is only from some countries[3]  available.


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Transport

Traffic Rules

Right-Hand Traffic
If right-hand-traffic is unusal for you, take time and make breaks to become used to. Always bear in mind that you have to drive on the right side!
 
Right-Hand Traffic
Right-Hand Traffic

Evaluated National Airlines

Stars Airline IATA ICAO
 Star Airline Air Algérie AH DAH

Railway Companies

Railway Companies Website
SNTF Algerian Railways (fr)

Health

Health Information

Publisher: U.S.A., Centers for Disease Control and PreventionSetup Travel112Helptext
Last Update: 2010-04-02

    Before visiting Algeria, you may need to get the following vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination: (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.)

    To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it.

    Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

    CDC recommends that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine.  Find a travel medicine clinic near you. If you have a medical condition, you should also share your travel plans with any doctors you are currently seeing for other medical reasons.

    If your travel plans will take you to more than one country during a single trip, be sure to let your health-care provider know so that you can receive the appropriate vaccinations and information for all of your destinations. Long-term travelers, such as those who plan to work or study abroad, may also need additional vaccinations as required by their employer or school.

    Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Algeria, the government requires travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you will be traveling to one of these countries where yellow fever is present before arriving in Algeria, this requirement must be taken into consideration.

    Be sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Check the links below to see which vaccinations adults and children should get.

    Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) are given at all stages of life; see the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule and routine adult immunization schedule.

    Routine vaccines are recommended even if you do not travel. Although childhood diseases, such as measles, rarely occur in the United States, they are still common in many parts of the world. A traveler who is not vaccinated would be at risk for infection.

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    Health Factors[5] 

    Description
    Water Access to improved drinking water sources: rural 81%
    Access to improved drinking water sources: urban 87%
    Sanitation Access to improved sanitation: rural 87%
    Access to improved sanitation: urban 98%
    Health Prevalence of HIV among adults aged >=15 years 0.082%
    Physicians density (per 10 000 population) 11.0
    Hospital beds (per 10 000 population) 17
    Life expectancy at birth (years) female 72
    Life expectancy at birth (years) male 70

    Natural Disaster

    Earthquake

    In the last 200 years significant earthquakes (Quantity: 42) have occurred in Algeria.
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    The GSHAP Global Seismic Hazard Map
    This GSHAP map depicts the likely level of short-period ground motion from earthquakes in a fifty-year window. The map colors chosen to delineate the hazard roughly correspond to the actual level of the hazard. The cooler colors represent lower hazard while the warmer colors represent higher hazard. Specifically, white and green correspond to low hazard (0 - 8% g, where g equals the acceleration of gravity); yellow and orange correspond to moderate hazard (8 - 24% g); pink and red correspond to high hazard (24 - 40% g); and dark red and brown correspond to very high hazard ( ? 40% g).[6] 


    Earthquake: Algeria

    GSHAP[7]

    Tsunami Runup Areas

    All coastal zones are endangered by tsunamis. They are mostly generated by strong earthquake or volcanic eruptions. But it is also possible that massive landslides or meteorites can cause a tsunami when they contact water. It's a precondition that the impact displaces vertically the surface of the ocean or other body of water.

    During the last 100 years coastal zones of Algeria were affected by tsunamis. Their are specific reports (Quantity: 4) about tsunami runup areas.
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    Tsunami Warning
    Tsunami Warning

    Travel Preparation

    Entry and Exit Requirements

    Publisher: U.S. Department of StateSetup Travel112Helptext
    Last Update: 2010-04-02
    Passports and visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Algeria. The Algerian visa application must be typed. The Algerian Embassy no longer accepts handwritten visa applications. For further information on entry/exit requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria at 2137 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 265-2800. Visit the Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria web site for the most current visa information.

    Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information Sheet.

    Passports and visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Algeria. The Algerian visa application must be typed. The Algerian Embassy no longer accepts handwritten visa applications. For further information on entry/exit requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria at 2137 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 265-2800. Visit the Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria web site for the most current visa information.

    Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information Sheet.

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