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