Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 29 June 2017, 15:03 NZST
  • Still current at: 20 September 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 100 kilometres of the borders with Libya, Mali, Mauritania and Niger and within 30 kilometres of the border with 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 in the elsewhere in Algeria, including the main cities, 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 anywhere, at any time, and there is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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. There have been a number of attacks in recent years on oil and gas facilities resulting in foreigners being taken hostage and killed. In January 2013, thirty seven foreign nationals were killed in an attack on a gas facility at In Amenas near the Libyan border. 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 remote regions in the Sahara. 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
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 you 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 heed any local advice.

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 or gendarmes to protect you. When moving around Algiers and the other main cities, you should avoid areas that you don’t know, especially 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.

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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