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Algeria

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Still current at: 07 January 2011
Updated: 07 January 2011

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Travel Summary and Safety and Security - Political Situation (reports of demonstrations). The overall level of the advice has not changed; we continue to advise against all but essential travel to Bejaia and to other specific areas of Algeria.

(see travel advice legal disclaimer)

Travel advice for this country

Local laws and customs


Local laws reflect the fact that Algeria is a Muslim country. Respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. See our travelling during ramadan page.

The weekend is Friday and Saturday. There are some restrictions on serving alcohol in restaurants in urban areas. To avoid unwelcome attention women should dress conservatively. Possession, use and trafficking of controlled drugs are all serious criminal offences in Algeria and carry custodial sentences.

You are not required to carry your passport at all times. But take it with you if you are making a longer journey or travelling by air. Keep a photocopy of it somewhere safe.

Homosexuality is illegal in Algeria. Sexual acts between persons of the same sex are punishable by imprisonment. Where one of the participants is a minor, penalties for the other party are increased.

Do not attempt to take photos of police or military personnel or establishments.

See our your trip page.

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Algeria, Algiers, British Embassy

Address:

Ambassade Britannique,
3 Chemin Capitaine Hocine Slimane (ex Chemin des Glycines),
Hydra,
Algiers
Email

The consular section at the British Embassy, Algiers will be closed from 23-27 December 2010 and will re-open on 28 December 2010.

Telephone:

+213 (0) 770 085 000

Fax:

+213 (0) 770 085 099

Office hours:

Sun-Thur: 0700-1430 GMT
Sun-Thur: 0800-1530 Local Time

In case of emergency:
If you are a British citizen in need of emergency assistance outside of our regular office hours, please ring +213 (0) 770 08 50 00 where you will receive further information.  Please note this applies to British citizens with genuine emergencies only and not to visa applications or other routine enquiries.

Website: http://ukinalgeria.fco.gov.uk/en/

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