Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Algeria on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From 1 June 2021, Algeria’s borders have been partially open. However, there remain limitations on routes into and out of Algeria. See Entry requirements for further information on rules for entry to Algeria.
A limited commercial flight schedule is operating. Demand for flights remains high, which you should take into account when making travel arrangements.
Airlines can be contacted via their websites or call centres for more information.
If you are travelling using an indirect route, some transit countries may impose updated restrictions of their own on travel to and from the UK. Contact your travel operator before making any booking and consult FCDO Travel Advice for the most up to date information.
As indirect routes to the UK can require an overnight stay, you should consult FCDO Travel Advice for further information on entry and transit requirements.
Many airlines continue to show an online schedule of flights which appear bookable but are cancelled at very short notice with replacements at greater cost. We advise that for any flights, individuals who wish to make a booking should contact the airline directly and receive confirmation from them that the schedule will be running.
Some airlines are requiring passengers to present a printed hard copy of their PCR test certificate before allowing individuals to board. Please ensure you bring a printed certificate.
Algerie Ferries, Corsicalinea, Balearia and Trasmediterranea are operating a limited ferry schedule between Algeria, France and Spain.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Algeria.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities (only available in French).
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Algeria
Travel between provinces is now permitted though public transport options remain limited.
Since 1 July 2020, local authorities nationwide have powers to enact additional measures in cluster areas, with the approval of central authorities. As a result, localised lockdowns are possible, and markets and other areas with a high concentration of shops could be shut down with limited notice for at least 15 days.
All security services and local authorities have been instructed to rigorously monitor and enforce compliance with preventive and other social distancing measures. Penalties include fines up to the equivalent of £600, and 6 months imprisonment.
The wearing of facemasks became mandatory on 24 May 2020 in all public spaces, including when using public transport, and within taxis.
Hotels are open, with compulsory sanitary measures in place; facilities may be restricted.
Public places and services
Recreational areas, beaches, cultural centres, sports facilities, restaurants, fast food outlets, cafes and most markets are open. Weddings, funerals and other large gatherings are allowed within certain rules.
Primary schools, secondary schools and universities reopened in 2020, with additional COVID-19 measures in place. The 2021 to 22 school year began on 21 September. Universities re-opened in October.
Healthcare in Algeria
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call a toll free number (3030) which is available nationwide to alert and help deal with COVID-19 cases. Local authorities will also advise.
Algeria has 32 laboratories nationwide that can carry out approximately 2,500 PCR COVID-19 tests every day.
PCR testing is available in urban areas but you can expect to queue for multiple hours to receive a test at peak times. Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.
View Health for further details on healthcare in Algeria.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, there have been some reports of hospitals coming close to treatment capacity.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Algeria
We will update this page when the Government of Algeria announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Algerian national vaccination programme started in January 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sputnik V, Johnson and Johnson and Sinopharm vaccines. The Government of Algeria has stated that British nationals resident in Algeria are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. You can arrange a vaccination at your nearest local health care centre.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Algeria, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.