The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Algeria. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning
for Algeria dated March 16, 2011 to update information on the current security situation in Algeria and the continuing threat
posed by terrorism, and to reiterate information on security incidents and recommendations on security awareness.
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens who travel to Algeria to evaluate carefully the risks posed to their personal
safety. Terrorist attacks, including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, and ambushes occur regularly, particularly in
rural areas such as the Kabylie region of the country. The use of suicide bomb attacks, particularly vehicle-borne attacks,
emerged as a terrorist tactic in Algeria, including in the capital, beginning in 2007. The group that claimed credit for the
December 11, 2007 suicide car-bomb attacks in Algiers has pledged more attacks against foreign targets and specifically against
U.S. targets. The same group is believed to operate in southern Algeria and to be linked to the kidnapping in February 2011
of a western tourist in the southeast, near the Nigerian border. This regional kidnapping threat was noted in the Department
of State’s Worldwide Caution dated July 26, 2011.
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 personal security measures to include stocking adequate reserves of medicine, food, and water
for use during an emergency. Additionally, sporadic episodes of civil unrest have been known to occur, such as the riots in
Algiers and many other cities from January 2011 to the present. 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.
The U.S. government considers the potential threat to U.S. Embassy personnel assigned to Algiers sufficiently serious to require
them to live and work under significant security restrictions. These practices limit, and may occasionally prevent, the movement
of U.S. Embassy officials and the provision of consular services in certain areas of the country. The Government of Algeria
requires U.S. Embassy personnel to seek permission to travel to the Casbah within Algiers or outside the province of Algiers
and to have a security escort. Travel to the military zone established around the Hassi Messaoud oil center requires Government
of Algeria authorization. Daily movement of embassy personnel in parts of Algiers is limited, and prudent security practices
are required at all times. Travel by embassy personnel within certain areas of the city requires prior coordination with the
U.S. Embassy’s Regional Security Office. U.S. citizen visitors are encouraged to contact the Embassy’s Consular Section for
the most recent safety and security information concerning travel in the city of Algiers.
U.S. citizens living or traveling in Algeria are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Algeria.
U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is located
at 5 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi in the El Biar district of Algiers. The telephone number is  770 08 20 00 and the
fax number is  21 98 22 99.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the State Department’s
Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and Country Specific Information can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407- 4747 toll free in the United
States and Canada or, for callers in other countries by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.