The Department of State urges U.S. citizens who travel to Algeria
despite this Travel Warning to evaluate carefully their safety
and security. Over the past several months, the city of Algiers
and its immediate suburbs have recorded a drop in the number of
terrorist-associated incidents. However, there are continued security
concerns. Random terrorist attacks still occur in rural and remote
areas, on public transportation outside the major cities, and in
some parts of the country at night.
In February 2003, 32 Western Europeans were taken hostage by terrorists
in the Sahara desert areas of southeastern Algeria, between the
cities of Ouargla and Tamanrasset. Fourteen of the hostages were
transported by the terrorists into northern Mali. The Department
of State continues to caution U.S. citizens to avoid traveling
in this area.
The Department of State cautions Americans who reside or travel
in Algeria to take prudent security measures while in the country,
including arranging for pre-determined local contacts to meet and
accompany them upon arrival and departure at Algerian airports.
Nighttime and overland travel outside the greater Algiers area
should be avoided if possible. Visitors to Algeria are advised
to stay only in the large, internationally recognized hotels where
security is provided. Americans should arrange for a known Algerian
companion to accompany them when traveling anywhere in Algeria,
whether in the capital city of Algiers or in other cities and rural
The Embassy is gradually lifting the restrictions it has placed
on its employees. However, all persons must remain alert and adhere
to prudent security practices.
Americans who travel to or remain in Algeria
despite this Travel Warning are urged to register and to obtain
on travel and security in Algeria at the Consular Section of the
U.S. Embassy in Algiers or on our travel registration website at
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/. The Embassy is located
at 4 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi, B.P. 408 (Alger-Gare) 16000,
in the capital city of Algiers. The Embassy can be reached at telephone
 (21) 691-425-255-186; fax  (21) 69-39-79.
Updated information on travel and security in Algeria may be obtained
from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the
United States, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. For further information,
please consult the Consular Information Sheet for Algeria, the
current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement and the Middle East
and North Africa Public Announcement , all of which are available
on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.