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Algeria Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 22, 2006

This Travel Warning is being updated to alert Americans to ongoing security concerns in Algeria. The security environment in many areas continues to pose a significant security risk. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on August 31, 2006.

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens who travel to Algeria to evaluate carefully the risk posed to their personal safety while in-country. Although the security services in Algiers and most urban centers are generally effective in limiting terrorist activities, there were three terrorist attacks against police stations in the eastern suburbs of Algiers in October 2006. Sustained small-scale attacks including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, ambushes, and assassinations occur, primarily in rural and remote sections of the country. Overland travel between major cities should be avoided.

The Department of State cautions those U.S. citizens who travel to the mountainous northern regions as well as the southern regions near Tamanrasset despite this Travel Warning to use reputable local agents and tour guides who are able to make reliable security arrangements.

The Government of Algeria requires U.S. Embassy personnel traveling outside the Wilaya of Algiers or to the Casbah within Algiers to seek permission and to have a security escort. Travel to the military zone established around the Hassi Messaoud oil center requires Government of Algeria authorization. Within many areas, primarily in the center of the city of Algiers, there are no restrictions on the movement of U.S. government personnel. However, travel by U.S government personnel to or within other neighborhoods requires prior coordination with the Embassys regional security office. American visitors are encouraged to contact the Embassys Consular Section for the most recent safety and security information concerning travel in the city of Algiers.

The Department of State cautions Americans who reside or travel in Algeria to take prudent security measures while in the country, including making provisions for reliable and experienced logistical support. This support should include being met upon arrival and accompanied for the duration of the visit. Visitors should ensure that tour operators and host organizations perform all notifications and coordination with Algerian police and security officials during their stay. 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.

American citizens in or traveling to Algeria are also urged to register and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Algeria at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Algiers or on our travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/. The Embassy is located at 4 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi, B.P. 408 (Alger-Gare) 16000, in the capital city of Algiers. The Embassy can be reached at telephone [213] (21) 691-425; [213] (21) 691-186; or fax [213] (21) 693-979. U.S. citizens who require emergency services may telephone the Embassy at [213](21) 691-255.

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Algeria, and the current Worldwide Caution and Middle East and North Africa Public Announcements, which are located on the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain updated information on travel and security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or Canada, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444.

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