Safety And Security
Will We Visit Museums?
Transportation Used On Tour
English-speaking Guide And Translator
Holidays In Algeria
Visa Requirements For Algeria
International Flights To Algeria
Must Bring On An Algeria Tour
When planning on traveling to Algeria it is important to decide on a tour a few months ahead of time in order for your tourist visas to be processed in time. We recommend deciding on a tour at least 4-6 months before your departure date. Mosaic North Africa's partners in Algeria will send you the necessary paperwork to apply for your Algeria tourist visas as well as notify the Algerian embassy in your country about your visa application.
Safety And Security
Algeria is often not on people's 'Must-See' list of places to visit due to assumed security concerns. While there are places in Algeria that are currently not recommended for travel (mostly in the deep South), the majority of Algeria is ready and waiting for your discovery. All travels within Algeria are submitted and cleared in advance through the government. Armed guards and/or police escort accompany tours where the government requires it, while you are en-route during ground transportation and your site visits to make sure all places you visit will be safe. These guards are required by the government and are there to put you at ease while you travel. In my experiences traveling in Algeria I have not had any safety concerns and enjoyed the friendly welcome and hospitality from the local police and population in general.
Will We Visit Museums?
Algeria hosts magnificent museums that are bursting with incredible mosaics, statues, and other historical artifacts. It is important to note that many of the museums' written descriptions are in French and there is a no photography rule in most museums. If you would like special permission to photograph in a museum you will need to ask the museum director at the site if photographs are permitted. Your English-speaking guide will serve as a translator to make the experiences as meaningful as possible.
Many travelers are used to taking impromptu walks and excursions, even if they are on a private tour. We ask that you respect the program because it has been cleared by the necessary authorities and if you need to leave the hotel for any reason, PLEASE notify your guide or tour manager and it is likely they will accompany you.
Transportation Used On Tour
I have used all methods of transportation in Algeria. Flights within Algeria using Air Algiere are relatively inexpensive and provide a good service. It is important to be prepared for flight delays. Algeria is putting in a new train system, which many find to be both comfortable, and a great way to see the countryside. Depending on group size we have reliable ground transportation ranging from comfortable buses to smaller 15-passenger vehicles.
English-speaking Guide And Translator
We provide either an English-speaking translator on your tour or an English speaking professional guide. Our English-speaking translator will travel with you for your tour and be available to help out where needed. Many site guides speak French or Arabic so our translator will do their best for you to understand the vast array of information on each site. Both our translator and guides will be available to answer any of your questions and take care of any logistical details. Often by the end of a tour your guide and translator will become a great friend and unique bridge into local culture.
Holidays In Algeria:
Algeria is Islamic country and has specific holidays that are being strictly followed by all official authorities. The local population is also deeply respectful towards those dates. Therefore, if you are planning to travel to Algeria, you should at best keep in mind these important dates.
The public holidays that are official and have a fix date are:
- New Year's Day - 1st of January;
- Labor Day - 1st of May;
- Independence Day - 5th of July. Algeria's independence is being commemorated with great festivities and multi-cultural activities in the various cities.
- Anniversary of the Revolution - 1st of November.
The religious holidays are also official public holidays, but their date is not fixed and depends on the corresponding calendar.
Mawlid (13-01-2014) is the observance of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. This holiday is also known as Mawlid an-Nabi. The event is celebrated in the Islamic month of Rabi'al-awwal. The festivities include street processions, charity and poetry related to the prophet. This celebration has begun nearly four centuries after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. In 2014, Mawlid begins during the evening of the 13th of January and ends on the evening of the 14th of January.
Eid ul-Fitr (28-07-2014) marks the ending of the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting. After prayer, people are accustomed to visit each other and celebrate together.
Eid al-Adha (03-10-2014) is also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice".
Islamic New Year (24-10-2014) or Hijri New Year marks the start of the Islamic calendar and the beginning of the month of Muharram.
Ashura (24-10-2014) begins on the tenth day of the month of the Muharram.
Algeria is a big and lovely country. Knowing how to navigate through can only come as a great benefit when you want to make the most out of your visit. Some of the major distances and average flight time is provided.
Algiers to Setif
The distance between these two big cities is about 269 kilometers or 167 miles. The approximate driving time will be 2.5-3 hours Take route A1 from Algiers. If you will be travelling by plane, the average flight length is 30 minutes. Flights are available from the Setif Air Ainat airport and Algiers Houari Boumediene airport.
Algiers to Constantine
The distance between Algiers and Constantine is about 394 kilometers or 245 miles. This is approximately 4 hours drive via Autoroute Est-Ouest. If you decide to take a plane, be prepared to have a 50-60 minutes flight. Domestic flights are served from both cities.
Algiers to Ghardaia
The distance between Algiers and Ghardaia is about 606 kilometers or 376 miles. If you are driving, it will take 8-9 hours. There are domestic flights served from the Algiers Hourani Boumediene Airport to Ghardaia Noumera. The approximate time flight is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Algiers to Annaba
The distance from Algiers to Annaba is about 541 kilometers or 336 miles. Approximate driving time will be 5 hours. Domestic flights are available from the Annaba Rabah Bitat Airport to Algiers Houari Boumediene. Average flight time is 1 hour.
Algiers to Oran
The distance between Algiers and Oran is about 413 kilometers or 256 miles. Average driving time is 3.45-4 hours and an about an hour flight. Domestic flights are available from Algiers major airport and Oran’s Ahmed Ben Bella airport.
Visa Requirements For Algeria:
To enter Algeria you might be required to hold a visa. There are some visa exemptions applicable for countries neighboring Algeria. Although for some nationalities it is possible to obtain a visa upon arrival, it is highly recommended to travelers to check the requirements for entering Algeria in advance to avoid frustration and complications.
For US, Canadian, EU Citizens, Australian citizens a formal application form and a fee is required to be submitted at the closest Algerian Embassy in order to obtain a visa prior to entering Algeria.
The citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter Algeria and stay up to 90 days for either business or tourism without being subject to visa requirements: Malaysia; Mali, Maldives; Morocco; Mauritania; Libya; Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic; Seychelles; Syria; Tunisia; Yemen;
The citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter the country after obtaining a visa upon arrival: Cape Verde; Comoros; Djibouti; Kenya; Madagascar; Mozambique; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Indonesia; Macau
Holders of diplomatic or official passports issued in one of the following countries can also enter without the need of a visa: Argentina; Croatia; France; Germany; Hungary; Romania; Albania; Benin; Brazil; Cuba; Egypt; Ethiopia; Greece; Guinea; Israel; Italy; Malta; Mexico; Niger; Peru; Portugal; South Korea; Senegal; South Africa; Slovakia; Spain; Switzerland; Tanzania; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; Venezuela; Vietnam
If your country of origin hasn't been mentioned in the above list, it is recommendable that you check with the nearest Algerian Embassy or Consulate for the latest and up to date requirements for obtaining a visa.
International Flights To Algeria:
Algeria is located in the Northern part of Africa. There are numerous airports that serve international and domestic flights. One of the major airlines that have regular flights to Algeria are:
- Air France
- British Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Turkish Airlines
There are also some local Algerian Airlines that are supporting internal and international flights:
- Air Algerie
- Air Express Algeria
- Start Aviation
- Tassili Airlines
There are 5 major airports and give access to the internal part of the country.
Houari Boumediene Airport – location Algiers
- 25 airlines serve flights among which are: Air Algerie, Tassili Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa
- Access to about 75 cities
- Weekly approximate 623 international flights and 490 domestic
- Es Senia Airport - location Oran
- Weekly 168 international and 119 domestic flights;
Ain El Bey Airport – location Constantine
- 5 airlines serve flights: Aigle Azur, Air Algerie, Saudia, Tassili Airlines, Turkish Airlines;
- Oued Irara Airport - location Hassi Messaoud
- Les Salines Airport - location Annaba
- 3 airlines serve flights: Aigle Azur, Air Algerie and Tassili Airlines;
Algeria has well developed flight connections with the world and with the interiors of the country. This makes the movement between cities easy and hassle-free.
Must Bring On An Algeria Tour:
- Come with an attitude and spirit of adventure. Algeria is awaiting your discovery. It is an amazing country with friendly people, stunning sites, and a rich culture.
- You will find people are generally very hospitable and friendly
- To help your travels go well, please follow existing regulations such as no photography in museums, no wandering on your own without a security escort, etc.
- Be flexible. We will do everything possible to provide you and your group with an excellent tour, but there are things that you may not expect such as delays at police check points, flight delays, museums unexpectedly closed upon arrival, etc.
- We recommend that all tours are either half-board or full-board and that evening meals be taken at your hotel.