Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 26 November 2018, 15:04 NZDT
  • Still current at: 15 December 2018

Do not travel

Do not travel within 50 kilometres of the border regions with Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia due to a heightened threat from terrorism and kidnapping.

Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to the mountainous region of Kabylie 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.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Algeria, due to the potential for civil unrest and the threat of terrorism. 

View Larger Map Close/Open map

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, primarily against Algerian government interests and security forces. On 14 February 2018, five Algerian soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded near their vehicle near Tebessa, south-east of Algiers. 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. New Zealanders in Algeria are advised to avoid any political gatherings, protests and demonstrations, as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning.

Comply with any instructions issued by the local authorities, including any curfews. Monitor local and international media, review personal security plans and be aware of your surroundings. If unexpectedly in the vicinity of a protest or demonstration, exercise caution and leave the area quickly.

Local travel
New Zealanders in Algeria should ensure they put in place appropriate personal security protection measures. Local police are able to provide further advice on the security situation and necessary security arrangements. It is advisable to notify police of travel to any remote locations, accept any security escort you may be 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.

There is a threat of banditry, particularly in the Tamanrasset and Illizi provinces in southern Algeria, and other areas away from major highways. Bandits have used illegal blockades to stop and rob vehicles.

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.

See our regional advice for Africa

Share this page:

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

Related advice from other countries

Share this page:

Other pages in this section: