SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

WILAYAS BORDERING MALI, MAURITANIA, LIBYA, NIGER AND TUNISIA

The security situation in these areas is unpredictable.

Armed groups operate in the remote desert areas in the wilayas of:

  • Adrar
  • El Oued
  • Illizi
  • Ouargla
  • Tamanrasset
  • Tébessa
  • Tindouf

These wilayas border the countries of:

  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Libya
  • Niger
  • Tunisia

There is a threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping. Terrorist attacks and counter-insurgency operations occur regularly in the country’s east and south, particularly in border areas.

Banditry and kidnappings have also taken place.

Risk levels

KABYLIA REGION AND ANNABA, BÉCHAR, BISKRA, EL BAYADH, EL TAREF, JIJEL, KHENCHELA, LAGHOUAT, SKIKDA AND SOUK AHRAS WALIYAS

Terrorist attacks, including the use of improvised explosive devices, banditry and kidnappings occur in the mountainous region of Kabylia, which includes the wilayas of:

  • Bejaia
  • Bouira
  • Boumerdes
  • Tizi Ouzou

There is a risk of injury, robbery, kidnapping or murder from random terrorist or bandit roadblocks in the wilayas of:

  • Annaba
  • Béchar
  • Biskra
  • El Bayadh
  • El Taref
  • Jijel
  • Khenchela
  • Laghouat
  • Skikda
  • Souk Ahras

Be extremely vigilant at roadblocks and stop only for police in official uniforms.

Risk levels

TERRORISM

There is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist attacks, causing deaths and injuries, have occurred regularly, particularly in the mountains of the Kabylia region, southeast of Algiers.

Algerian security forces are usually the primary target, but civilians have been killed and injured in attacks. Terrorists have also targeted foreign interests, including foreign oil and natural gas operations in the Sahara.

Though authorities have thwarted a number of planned incidents, the security situation continues to be unstable. Urban centres may be more secure than heavily wooded and mountainous rural areas, but there is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Targets could include:

government buildings, including schoolsplaces of worshipairports and other transportation hubs and networkspublic areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

Stay at hotels that have robust security measures, including:

  • metal detectors
  • guards
  • security cameras

Keep in mind, however, that even the most secure locations aren’t completely free of risk.

KIDNAPPING

There is a threat of kidnapping in Algeria. Foreigners have been taken hostage, and in some cases executed. Terrorist groups have attacked oil and natural gas operations in Algeria. They have taken and killed hostages during these attacks.

BORDER WITH MOROCCO

Algeria’s border with Morocco is closed. Don’t attempt to cross into Morocco by land. 

ELECTIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Presidential elections took place on December 12, 2019. Demonstrations could occur after the elections.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation causing road closures and delays.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

CRIME

Street crime, such as robbery and theft, can occur in larger cities, particularly after dark.

If you are travelling by car, lock your belongings in the trunk and keep the doors locked at all times. Park your car in a guarded parking lot.

WOMEN’S SAFETY

Women travelling alone may be subject to certain forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Safe-travel guide for women

ROAD SAFETY

Road conditions can be poor outside of Algiers, and signposts are rare.

Rent a car with a hired driver rather than drive yourself.

Traffic can be very congested, particularly in large urban centres, and speeding and poor driving habits are prevalent. Traffic-related accidents are comparatively far more common than in Canada.

Road fatalities increase during Ramadan due to fatigue.

CHECKPOINTS

There are checkpoints on the main roads heading into and out of larger cities, and on roads throughout Algiers.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Avoid buses, which have been targeted by terrorists and bandits.

Taxis follow a standard route and pick up many clients going in the same direction. They generally only serve city centres, and their availability is sporadic, particularly late at night and during peak hours.

During Ramadan, avoid using public transportation, including taxis, between airports and city centres, especially after dark. Accidents are common due to fatigue. Arrange for airport pick-up and drop-off, in advance, by your host or hotel shuttle.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION

If staying at a hotel, ask for a briefing on hotel security measures on arrival. Retain your hotel key at all times.

Avoid travelling on foot, particularly at night.

Security forces are present on roads, at airports and in front of government buildings throughout the country. Comply with their directives at all times.