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How To Stay Safe In Algeria

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Algeria


The Department of State urges U.S. citizens who travel to Algeria to evaluate all the risks posed to their safety.  There is a high risk of terrorism and kidnappings. Those threats were noted in the Department of State’s latest Worldwide Caution.

Although the major cities are heavily policed and secured, attacks could still take place there. The majority of terrorist attacks, including bombings, roadblocks, kidnappings, and ambushes occur in areas east and south of Algiers.

Visitors to Algeria should stay only in hotels where proper security is provided.  They should remain alert, avoid predictable travel patterns, and keep a low profile.  U.S. citizens especially should avoid political rallies.  Most political gatherings are peaceful but can turn violent without any notice, so keep that in mind.

Dual U.S./Algerian citizens should be aware that while they are in Algeria, they will be treated as Algerian citizens by the country authorities. So, no Americanism, please, if you want to stay safe.

RELATED: The Algerian Food And Drink Guide

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