Discover a land of fertile coasts, golden sands and a culture infused with French and Arabic traditions.

Algeria’s attractions span as vast as its desert lands, from incredibly preserved Roman monuments, to modernist colonial architecture and beyond. This eclectic-looking country is largely undiscovered by tourists, giving you the feel of untraversed discovery. Moving out from the Mediterranean coast, Algeria reveals its Arabic side, with mosque-studded cities and remote desert villages. The local people will make you feel right at home.

Algeria travel highlights

Algeria holiday information

Algeria facts

Capital city Algiers Population 38.8 million ...

Local culture of Algeria

Life in Algeria is dominated by Muslim tradition. The country’s population is mostly Ar...

Geography & environment

Algeria’s coast is a marvel, but it’s nothing compared to the engulfing desert that cov...

Shopping guide to Algeria

No Algeria travel is complete without a bustling market shopping experience. Aromatic s...

Algeria festival calendar

Independence Day For much of its history, Algeria has been ruled by various powers f...

Food & drink in Algeria

When it comes to Algeria tours, sampling the local cuisine is an essential. Dishes rang...

Further reading

Inside Algeria by Michael Von Graffenried A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962...

Algeria travel FAQs

  • Australia: Yes - in advance
  • Belgium: Yes - in advance
  • Canada: Yes - in advance
  • Germany: Yes - in advance
  • Ireland: Yes - in advance
  • Netherlands: Yes - in advance
  • New Zealand: Yes - in advance
  • South Africa: Yes - in advance
  • Switzerland: Yes - in advance
  • United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
  • USA: Yes - in advance

Algeria has strict entry formalities and visas need to be planned in advance. Visa-free access is only granted to a select number of northwest African nationalities. All other nationalities must get a visa applications from their country of origin. Entry is forbidden to Israeli nationals, and your entry may be denied if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport. Visas are not granted at the border or airport.

A visa application to Algeria requires an invitation to the country from either an Algerian contact or a travel agency. Visas vary in cost from country to country. Allow at least 8 weeks for your visa to be granted as the process can sometimes take a while.

Tipping is appreciated in Algeria and expected for most services. Add 10-15% to your bills.

Internet is readily available in Algeria’s major cities, but can be slow in some places. It’s hard to find in rural areas.

Mobile coverage is available in major towns and cities, but may be limited outside of these areas. You’ll need to activate global roaming with your provider to use your mobile phone.

The toilets in Algeria are usually basic. Most areas, including major cities, have squat toilets.

  • Coffee from a cafe = 40 DZD
  • Soft drink = 50 DZD
  • Basic lunch = 300 DZD
  • Expensive dinner at a nice restaurant = 500 DZD

It’s not advised to drink tap water in Algeria as it may not be safe. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and ask your leader where you can find filtered water. Alternatively, take some water purification tablets with you.

Credit cards can only be used in major cities.

ATMs are hard to come by and may not work properly. Paying with cash is advised.

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

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