Algiers is the capital of Algeria in North Africa.
It is an important port located on a bay of the Mediterranean Sea.
In this gorgeous yet somewhat dangerous city, most of the interesting sights are located in the old part of the city known as the Casbah or Medina.
Tourists coming to Algiers are usually those with a thirst for history and culture, and the unique mixture of colors, religions, and customs.
And even though Algerian recent history is shaded by civil wars that have been raging until 2002, Algiers is slowly picking itself up and restoring order.
Warnings & Dangers in Algiers
OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM
It’s quite safe in Algiers, although you might experience petty theft just as in any big city in the world. Despite its relatively bad reputation, Algeria still has tourism and it is possible to visit and travel through the region without consequences.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM
Transport is not too safe in Algiers, because petty theft is common. Make sure you don't fall asleep while traveling on public transport, as you might wake up with empty hands. Pickpockets on buses and trains are a normal occurrence.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM
Like in most capitals of developing countries, petty theft and pickpocketing are widespread in Algiers. Make sure you don't flash your valuables and generally don't look like you're wealthy. Dangling cameras, flashing money or credit cards or expensive jewelry is strongly recommended against.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
The situation is not serious in Algiers when it comes to natural disasters, but back in May 2003, a severe earthquake struck the Algiers area. Parts of Algeria are also prone to severe flood damage.
MUGGING RISK: MEDIUM
Violent crime exists in Algiers but it usually doesn't affect foreigners. Muggings are, however, relatively common and criminals are particularly active after dark. It's best to avoid dark streets and deserted areas when night falls.
TERRORISM RISK: HIGH
This is the sore spot of Algeria. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Algiers, including kidnappings. The biggest threat comes from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other regional Islamist groups like Al Murabitun and Daesh-affiliates. These groups have been active across the country and are a threat throughout Algeria.
SCAMS RISK: MEDIUM
There are many scams in Algiers, one of the most popular being the tour guide scam, where men pose as tour guides and end up stealing your money. Be wary of people trying to distract you to steal from you and of taxi drivers overcharging you for a ride. We advise you to be extremely careful when handling money and around ATMs.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Algiers is mostly safe for women to travel to, but it is still advised to go out accompanied at night. Be sure to avoid remote streets, both during day and night, and do not flash your belongings or handle money in public.
So... How Safe Is Algiers Really?
Algiers is much safer than the media tells you.
Even though you will read many warnings about the safety in Algiers, concerning its political situation, things are getting better and better in this country.
After the civil wars, terrorism in 2005 was focused only on areas such as wooded mountains and near the Libyan or Malian borders, so Algiers is pretty safe.
When outside of your accommodation, it is very important not to wear expensive jewelry or flash around items such as hi-tech devices and cameras on display.
Visitors should always know where their belongings are and if it’s possible, it’s always smart to use the hotel’s safe for any valuables.
Even though terrorism is still present in the country’s south, tourists should be aware of their surroundings everywhere in the country.
Known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the group has caused numerous attacks in the country, and the scariest thing is that they’ve publicly stated foreigners as their targets.
But this isn’t the biggest problem for the Westerners visiting Algeria: kidnappings are, and they’re widespread.
Tourists are highly recommended against traveling anywhere after dark.
Avoid cars, minor roads and if you do venture somewhere during nightfall and wind up unsure about your whereabouts, don’t hesitate to ask the police for some advice.
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A small number of countries can enter Algiers without a visa, and UK citizens can purchase a visa upon arrival. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past the date of entering into Algiers. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Algerian embassy.
Algerian dinar is the official currency in Algiers. There are banks all over major cities and most now have ATMs that work with foreign cards.
Algiers has a warm and temperate climate, characterized by rainy winters, with relatively little rain in the summer. The average temperature in Algiers is 17.7 °C.
Houari Boumediene Airport, also referred to as Algiers International Airport, is an international airport near Algiers, the capital of Algeria. It is located some 16.9 km east southeast of the city.
Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Algiers, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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