Summary

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 (the area known as the Kabylie)

There are frequent demonstrations in Algeria. Most are peaceful, but some – including a protest in Algiers on 16 January following the Paris terror attacks, have involved clashes between police and demonstrators. See Political situation

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 continuing threat from terrorism.

There is a high threat from terrorism in Algeria. The Algerian Government drew attention to the potential risk from ISIL infiltration following the kidnap and subsequent murder of a French national in the Kabylie area in September 2014.

Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb is also active. On 17 July at least 9 Algerian soldiers were killed in an attack in Ain Defla. On 19 April 2014, terrorists attacked the Algerian army in Tizi Ouzou, killing 11 people. 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. Terrorists have been involved in kidnaps in Algeria and the wider Sahel region. 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. Travelling in rural areas and at night is particularly risky.

There has been a sustained period of violent clashes in the town of Ghardaia since December 2013. See Local travel

Avoid travel by road at night outside the major cities. See Crime and Local travel

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Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.