The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to areas within:
- 450km of the Mali and Niger borders, with the exception of Tindouf town and Tamanrasset city
- 100km of the Mauritania border
- 100km of the Libya and Tunisia borders south of the town of Souk Ahras
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
- Tamanrasset city
- In Amenas
- Tindouf town
- the provinces of Boumerdès, Bouira and Tizi Ouzou east of Algiers
If you’re travelling to In Amenas or Tamanrasset city, you should do so by air.
You should take great care in the remaining areas of the provinces of Adrar, Tamanrasset and Illizi which are not specifically covered above, and the provinces of Bordj Bou Arreridj, Bejaia and Skikda east of Algiers, due to the ongoing threat from terrorism.
There is a high threat from terrorism in Algeria. A serious terrorist attack took place on 16 January 2013 at a gas installation near the town of In Amenas near the Algerian border with Libya. On 19 April 2014 terrorists attacked the Algerian army in Tizi Ouzou, killing 11 people. Terrorists have been involved in kidnaps in Algeria and the wider Sahel region, and further kidnaps are likely. See Terrorism
It is generally safe to move around Algiers and the other main cities, but you should avoid areas that you don’t know, especially after dark. There has been a sustained period of violent clashes in the town of Ghardaia since December 2013. See Local travel
There are frequent demonstrations. Most are peaceful, but some have involved clashes between police and demonstrators. See Political situation.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.