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lies within the temperate zone. Its climate is similar to that of other
Mediterranean countries, although the diversity of the relief provide sharp
contrast in temperature. The coast region has a pleasant climate, with winter
temperatures from 10°c to 12°c (50° - 54°F) and summer
temperatures from 24°C to 26°C (75°F-79°F). Rainfall in this
region is abundant - 15 to 27 inches per year except for the area around Oran,
where mountains form a barrier against rain-carrying winds. When heavy rains
fall (often more than an inch and a half within 24 hours), they flood large
areas and then evaporate so quickly that they are of little help in
Further inland the climate changes, winters average
4°-6°C (39°-43°F, with considerable frost, and occasional snow
on the massifs; summers average 26°-28°C (79°-82°F). In this
region, prevailing winds are westerly and northerly in winter and easterly and
northeasterly in summer, resulting in an increase in precipitation from
September to December, and a decrease from January to August, with little or no
rainfall in the summer months.
In the Sahara, temperatures range from
20°c to 34°C (14°-93°F), with extreme highs reaching 49°C
(120°F). There are daily variations of more than 44°C (80°F). Winds
are frequent and violent. Rainfall is irregular and unevenly
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Visas & Immigration
requirements for Algeria change regularly, so it's best to check with your home
country's Algerian Embassy or Consulate.
Throughout the world single
entry visa for one months may take 2-3 days to obtain from Algerian
Visa extensions within the country can be from Department
des Entrangers, Blvd. Youssef 19A, Algiers.
Listing of AlgerianTourist offices and/or
embassies location around the world
The custom limits
per person are:-
up to 200 cigarettes
50 cigars or 400 grams of
one bottle of spirits
2 bottles of wine
declarations forms are issued on arrival and all valuable personal items such
as electrical goods, jewellery, cameras, video cameras etc. should be declared,
as well as all forms of cash and traveller's cheques brought with you into the
country. They must be kept in good order showing the exchange transactions you
make. during your stay. If, when you leave the country, your form is irregular
you may be fined heavily or have your valuables confiscated.
Currency: 1 Algerian dinar (AD)=100 centimes
The only bank to change traveller cheques is the
Banque Nationale d'Algérie, it is also possible to change them at some
hotels. Credit cards are rarely accepted.
US Dollars and to a lesser
extent, Pounds Sterling are readily accepted.
Banks are open 0900hrs to
1500hrs Mon to Thurs. Some banks close for lunch. During Ramadan hours are
Algeria is one
hour ahead of GMT.
Transport & Getting Around
||You can travel by train between Oran, Algiers, Constantine and Anaba.
Trains also run south to Bécher and from Constantine to
||There are long distance buses which on the whole are comfortable,
fairly reliable and fast but are fairly expensive. You may have to book a few
days in advance if you want to get to Tamanrasset.
||It is not safe at the present time to hitch. But when the situation
improves and Algeria once again become a safe place for travellers, it will be
possible if you plan on travelling further south into Niger, to hitch a ride
with another overlander in Tamanrasset provided you're prepared to wait around
a few days.
Driving is carried out on the right hand side. An International Driving Licence
is required and if you are travelling in your own vehicle A carnet de passage
is usually required. Most the roads are in relatively good condition. If
travelling through the Sahara, be sure to have sufficient fuel and water to see
Many hotels can arrange car hire as well as ONAT, a state run
Algeria Maps & Atlases for
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Electrical PowerElectric Power is 230V running at 50Hz.
The Plug types used are :
Round pin attachment plug -
and receptacle with side grounding contacts -
If you need medical care whilst in
Algeria, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment
through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in
full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for
reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit
card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local
embassy or representative.
To be compensated you must be treated by
licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper
documentation and receipts.
It is advisable to always ensure you have a
comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your
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