As the largest country in Africa, it's hard to believe Algeria's tourist industry is still in its infancy. The vast and varied landscape has plenty to offer travellers, from beautiful coastlines to tranquil mountainous areas, stunning architecture to amazing deserts. Although Arabic Tamazight is the official language in Algeria, most locals are fluent in French, the country's colonial language.
Travel Health Information
The authorities take traveller’s safety very seriously in Algeria, as it can be a dangerous country to visit, particularly outside of major towns and cities, as well as in areas close to the border. There will often be a visible security presence wherever you are, and you may be stopped and questioned if you travel outside of the main areas. You should inform the authorities of your travel plans in advance, unless you are travelling as part of an organised tour with an escort.
It is highly recommended to avoid any travel to areas within 30km of any border as terrorist attacks are highly likely. It is always advisable to travel with a local guide or escort, and to avoid rural areas and travelling after dark. The risk of rabies is a lot higher for those visiting rural areas, so it’s highly advised that you consult a travel clinic before your trip for necessary vaccines. There are both private medical clinics and government funded hospitals available in Algeria, however treatment, supplies and equipment will be better and more reliable at a private facility.
It is strongly advised that you have appropriate travel insurance in place, which covers repatriation if necessary. Algeria is a large country and distances/journey times between towns can be long, with limited medical assistance in more rural areas, although the country as a whole has one of the best healthcare systems in Africa. Take a reliable means of summoning help, and carry a first aid kit to enable you to self-treat minor injuries and ailments.
Please be aware that Northern Algeria is within an earthquake zone, and certain parts of the country are prone to flood damage. Check the conditions for your specific destination before you travel, and follow local advice for what to do in the event of an earthquake.
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