On November 8th, the Algerian government started easing local restrictions and allowed more businesses to reopen, resumed more public transport. Curfew from 8 pm till 5 am is still in most of the provinces. (Source: US embassy in Algeria)
As of November 8th, the Ministry of Health in Algeria reported 62 000 COVID cases and 2048 deaths caused by the virus.
Who is allowed entry to Algeria?
It is very limited. As of today, the country only allows:
Algerian nationals returning home on repatriation flights
Employees of foreign companies operating in Algeria
In case you really need to travel to Algeria and you do not belong to any of the previous categories, you may contact the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask for special authorization to enter the country.
Do I need to quarantine once I arrive?
If you are allowed entry you must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Is there a curfew in place in Algeria?
Unfortunately, a severe curfew is enforced at the moment. As of today, 29 out of 48 provinces are experiencing public and private transportation restrictions. The curfew times depend on each province’s particular situation. The affected provinces are:
Mohamed Berkani, a member of the Algerian scientific committee in charge of the progress of COVID-19 has recently said that there are only 30 patients under intensive care which suggests that “the virus has diminished in terms of virulence.”
Berkani also mentioned that the country has increased its testing capacity but that does not mean that it is time to reopen the borders just yet.
Back in February before the pandemic struck the country, the Algerian government sent medical donations to help China fight the new virus. Months later, China sent back two batches of medical aid as retribution.