Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 18 October 2017, 09:30 NZDT
  • Still current at: 15 December 2017

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia due to a heightened threat from terrorism and kidnapping. We advise against all travel within 30 kilometres of the borders with Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia.

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the mountainous region of Kabylia and  the wilayas (provinces) of Annaba, Béchar, Biskra, El Bayadh, El Taref, Jijel, Khenchela, Laghouat, Skikda, Souk Ahras due to the threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in these areas.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Algeria, due to the potential for civil unrest and the threat of terrorism. We advise caution. 

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Terrorism
There is a high threat from terrorism in Algeria. We continue to receive information that terrorists aspire to conduct attacks in Algeria. While the threat is greatest in remote mountainous regions and rural areas, attacks can occur indiscriminately anywhere, at any time.

In recent years, there have been several attacks against Algerian government interests and security forces. On 31 August 2017, two police officers were killed in a suicide attack in Tiaret. On 26 February 2017, two police officers were injured in an attempted suicide attack in central Constantine. On 28 October 2016, a police officer was killed, also in Constantine.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and similar groups have signalled an intent to target foreigners and Western interests. There have been attacks in recent years on foreign oil and gas operations in the Sahara resulting in foreigners being taken hostage and killed. Further attacks are possible.

New Zealanders in Algeria are advised to maintain a high degree of personal security awareness at all times, keep a low profile and stay alert to local developments. We recommend adhering to any restrictions and instructions issued by the local authorities.

Kidnapping
There is a risk of kidnapping outside of the main cities,  particularly in the Kabylie region in north east Algeria, border areas in the south and east and remote regions in the Sahara. Foreigners have been taken hostage, and in some cases executed. Further kidnappings are possible.

We strongly advise against unnecessary travel to remote areas and against all travel to the border regions near Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia due to the heightened risk of kidnapping. New Zealanders in Algeria are advised to seek professional security advice before travelling to areas of particular risk and ensure appropriate personal security protection measures are in place.

Civil unrest/political tension
Protests and demonstrations are a frequent occurrence and can be triggered by political developments and events in both Algeria and the wider region. While most political gatherings are peaceful, they have the potential to turn violent.

New Zealanders in Algeria are advised to avoid any political gatherings, protests and demonstrations. You should monitor the media to stay informed of local events which may affect your safety. If you are in an area affected by demonstrations or violence, you should leave the area if it is safe to do so or find a safe location, remain indoors and follow the advice of local authorities.

Local travel
New Zealanders in Algeria should ensure they put in place appropriate personal security protection measures. If travelling independently it is advisable to notify the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or local authorities for advice on security arrangements. Hotels should be able to help with contacting local authorities. We advise that you should accept any security escort you’re offered and co-operate with authorities.

New Zealanders travelling in Algeria should avoid travelling outside the major cities by road, due to security concerns, particularly at night when there is a heightened risk. Where possible, travel should be by air and accommodation should be prearranged and at a place where a high level of security is provided. Authorities will want to know your travel plans when travelling outside major cities and may assign police to protect you. Take particular caution after dark.

Crime
The crime rate in Algeria is moderate. Street crime is prevalent in Algeria and foreigners may be specifically targeted due to their perceived wealth. Bag-snatchings, muggings and theft from hotel rooms and cars are common in larger cities.

New Zealanders are advised to exercise particular vigilance in crowded or public areas. Avoid showing signs of affluence and keep personal belongings secure at all times. Avoid walking alone at night, as risks increase after dark.

General travel advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Algeria to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.

Homosexuality is illegal in Algeria and convictions can result in prison sentences.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Algeria should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Algeria are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Cairo, Egypt is accredited to Algeria

Street Address 8th floor, North Tower, Nile City building, Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac, Cairo, Egypt Telephone +202 2461 6000 Fax +202 2461 6099 Email enquiries@nzembassy.org.eg Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/egypt Hours Sun-Thur 0900-1500 hrs Note In an emergency or if you require urgent assistance, please call the Embassy on +202 2461 6000. Outside of business hours you will be redirected to an after-hours duty service.

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Egypt

Street Address
8th floor, North Tower, Nile City building, Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac, Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: +202 2461 6000

Fax: +202 2461 6099

Email: enquiries@nzembassy.org.eg

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/egypt

Hours: Sun-Thur 0900-1500 hrs

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