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Reviewed: March 19 2013, 15:30 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with Libya, Mauritania, Mali and Niger due to a heightened threat of terrorism and kidnapping. We advise against all travel to these areas.
There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Algeria due to the threat from terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.
There is a high threat from terrorism in the border regions with Libya, Mauritania, Mali and Niger, although attacks could occur anywhere in Algeria, at any time and may target places known to be frequented by expatriates and Westerners.
While most of the recent attacks have targeted Algerian security forces, foreigners have also been the specific targets. Further attacks are possible and there is a risk of retaliatory attacks against Western interests by terrorists in Algeria following the deployment of French forces to Mali in January 2013.
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 political developments. We recommend adhering to any restrictions and instructions issued by the local authorities.
There have been a number of terrorist attacks in Algeria in recent years:
There is a high risk of kidnapping in Algeria by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al Qaeda inspired groups. AQIM has taken a number of hostages from remote areas in Algeria and neighbouring countries – many of whom remain in captivity.
We advise against unnecessary travel to remote areas and against all travel to the border regions near Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Libya 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 they have appropriate personal security protection measures 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 as quickly and as safely as possible.
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 comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include 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.
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