Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 14 March 2016, 17:03 NZDT
  • Still current at: 25 June 2017

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Tunisia due to a heightened threat from terrorism and kidnapping. We advise against all travel to within 450 kilometres of the border with Mali and Niger and within 100 kilometres of the border with Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia. 

High Risk

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Algeria, excluding the capital Algiers, due to the threat from terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in the capital Algiers due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

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Terrorism
There is a high threat from terrorism in Algeria. Attacks can occur anywhere, at any time, and may target places known to be frequented by expatriates and Westerners. 

Most of the recent attacks have targeted Algerian security forces and government interests, however, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghred (AQIM) and similar groups have signalled an intent to target foreigners and Western interests. In January 2013, terrorists attacked a gas facility near the town of In Amenas near the Algerian border with Libya, taking a number of foreign nationals hostage. Thirty seven foreign nationals were killed as a result of the attack. 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 high risk of kidnapping in Algeria,  particularly in the Kabylie region in north east Algeria and other remote regions.In 2014, a French national was kidnapped in the mountainous Tizi Ouzou area, in the Kabylie region, and was later murdered. 

We strongly advise against unnecessary travel to remote areas and against all travel to the border regions near Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya 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
Political developments and events in both Algeria and the region may trigger demonstrations and protests. 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. 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 heed any local advice. 

Local travel
New Zealanders travelling in Algeria should avoid travelling outside Algiers 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. 

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. 

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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