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Algeria

Algeria: At a glance

Capital: Algiers

Population: 41.32 million

Official language: Arabic

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 14

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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Algeria: Travel Health Information

Algeria - the largest country in Africa - is known for its mountain ranges, desert landscapes, and Mediterranean coastline. Visitors can hike the Atlas Mountain Range, or relax on Skikda Beach. History-loving travellers can visit ancient Roman ruins at Djémila or take a walk through Casbah.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Algeria may differ from your home country. Algeria has a public healthcare system and a few private providers. The quality of private medical care in Algiers meets international standards. Medical care throughout the rest of the country, particularly in rural or remote regions, is extremely limited. Internationally staffed clinics typically provide an adequate standard of basic medical care. There is a shortage of healthcare personnel. Shortages of medical supplies and medications may also occur.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Algeria typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Algeria.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies in Algiers and other urban areas generally good, but shortages of medicines can occur. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Algeria’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Algeria’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

While many roads in urban areas of Algeria are paved, traffic and overcrowding may pose a risk for drivers. Military checkpoints are common going in and out of Algiers and other major cities. Seat belts must be worn by drivers and passengers of vehicles at all time. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times.



Algeria: At a glance

Capital: Algiers

Population: 41.32 million

Official language: Arabic

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 14

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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