- In the northern parts of Algeria, dress for mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers—sunscreen and moisturizer are essential if you’re visiting between April and September. The desert and mountainous regions experience extreme shifts in temperature, however: it can get as hot as 131 degrees Farenheit (55 degrees Celsius) but quite cold at night. If you plan on trekking or camping in the Sahara, explain the weather conditions to your local camping store and ask about appropriate equipment and clothing.
- Although you can probably travel alone in Algiers, the Algerian government prohibits any unguided travel south of Ghardaïa. The best method is to hire a guide through an accredited travel agency. A list can be found here.
- Arabic, French, and some Berber dialects are spoken in Algeria. North African Arabic may be difficult to understand if you are trained in the dialect spoken on the Arabian Peninsula, but almost everyone is bilingual and you will generally not encounter problems, especially if you can converse in French.
- Algeria is one of the most devout countries in Africa, and its population is almost uniformly Muslim, with small Christian and Jewish components. That situation will affect travelers the most in their choice of dress. We advise that women, especially, dress modestly.
- Algeria uses the Algerian dinar as its currency. ATMs are scarce even in Algiers and Oran, and most do not accept foreign cards. Few vendors will accept credit cards, so carry cash.
- Be sure to submit your passport when applying for a visa and please attach two recent passport pictures to the two forms. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after entering Algeria.
- A non-refundable money-order should be made payable to the Embassy in the amount of $135 for US citizens. All other nationals must check with the Visa Section for other requirements and the necessary fees to pay.
- Those applying for a business visa must include an official letter from their employer stating the purpose of their trip, and the full names and addresses of their contacts in Algeria. Applicants must include with their application an invitation letter from the Algerian company they intend to visit.
- Work Visa applicants must include an employment authorization delivered by the Algerian Ministry of Labor. Any authorization faxed or mailed separately will not be accepted by the Embassy.
- Tourism Visa applicants must submit an itinerary of their airline travel and Hotel reservation details in Algeria.
- Family/Guest Visa applicants must provide an invitation from their host in Algeria and confirmation at the city hall of the place of residence of the Algerian host. Invitations faxed or sent separately will no be accepted by the Embassy.
Travelling between major cities in Algeria can take a lot of time. While the distances in the more populated north are not so big and a trip from the east to the west can be done in a 12 hours on highway. Travelling to cities in the Sahara is more difficult since the south is barely connected with good roads, train and bus connections.
To reach Saharan areas its advised to use only a 4×4, because occasional dunes on the roads and extreme temperature changes offer challenges for the driver and the car.
Fuel is extremely cheap and will not cost more than 23 DA per liter.