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Algeria Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Feb 15, 2006

This Travel Warning is being updated to alert Americans to ongoing security concerns in Algeria. The security environment in some rural and remote areas continues to pose a significant security risk. This supersedes the Travel Warning of July 21, 2005.

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens who travel to Algeria despite this Travel Warning to evaluate carefully the risk posed to their personal safety while in-country. Although Algiers and most urban centers have not experienced terrorist activity in over a year, sustained small-scale attacks including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnapping and murder occur in rural and remote sections of the country. Overland travel between major cities should be avoided at night.

The Department of State cautions U.S. citizens traveling in the mountainous northern regions as well as the southern regions near Tamanrasset to use reputable travel agents and tour guides.

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.

Americans who travel to or remain in Algeria despite this Travel Warning are 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) 691-255; [213] (21) 691-186; or fax [213] (21) 693-979.

Updated information on travel and security in Algeria may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. For further information, please consult the Consular Information Sheet for Algeria, the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement and the Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement, all of which are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website at http://travel.state.gov.

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