Algeria Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Algeria

Where is it?: Algeria sits in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Morocco and Tunisia

Why do people go here?: People generally don’t visit Algeria as a result of a decade long civil war

What are the main entry points?: You can reach Algiers, the capital, from plan via Europe. There is also a ferry from France. It’s advised not to enter enter Algeria overland.

Currency used: Dinar

Country Code for Phones: 213

Area codes for Major Cities: Algiers 02

Religion: Sunni Muslim 99%, Christian 1%

Population: 35 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Arab-Berber 99%, Christian 1%

Government: Semi-Presidential Republic

Languages: Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects

Travel Information

Major Cities: Algiers, Constantine

Attractions: Beni Abbes, El-Golea

Tourism Office locations and links: Algeria-National Office of Tourism 25-27 Khelifa Boukhalfa, Algiers, Algeria, 213-2-61-29-86.

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Ghardaia, Beni Isguen

Health Issues: Civil War

Tips for Visiting

When to go: It’s advised not to visit Algeria until the security situation improves

Common Phrases: Greetings: Salam Aleikum, Greetings (response): wa aleikum as-salam, Thank You: Shukran, How much?: kem?, Yes: nam, No: nam

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day: July 5, Various Islamic Holidays

Getting Around: Buses and train service a considerable portion of Algeria

Cheapest airport to fly into: Algeria has a number of airports to fly to. Among the cheapest can be the Houari Boumedienne Airport of Algeirs. However, the airport you have to choose greatly depends on which part of Algeria you are planning to go.

Need more information?: Check out the Algeria travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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