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Due to continuing terrorist threats, the Department of State has updated its travel warning for all U.S. citizens traveling to Algeria. They recommend that all citizens carefully consider the risks associated with travel to Algeria, including bombings, ambushes, and other terrorist attacks. The threat of kidnappings has also increased, prompting the Department of State to issue a statement of Worldwide Caution [http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4787.html] on July 18, 2012 to all U.S. citizens traveling abroad.
Most terrorist attacks in Algeria occur in the areas east and south of Algiers, however, extreme caution should be observed for all overland travel throughout the country. U.S. citizens traveling in Algeria should prepare for emergency situations by maintaining reserves of medicine, water, and food in case of an attack. When traveling in cities, citizens are warned to avoid large crowds or demonstrations and to remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Visitors to Algeria are encouraged to stay in hotels with proper security, maintain a low profile, and avoid predictable travel patterns.
All U.S. visitors or residents of Algeria can receive travel updates and updated security information by enrolling in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This program also makes it easier for the Department of State to contact them in case of an emergency. Travelers can also stay informed through the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, Facebook or Twitter pages, or free Smart Traveler App, available for the iTunes or Android market.
Travelers can find updated information by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET. The U.S. Embassy is located at 5 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi in the El Biar district of Algiers, and can be reached by telephone at (213) 770 08 2000, fax at (213) 21 98 22 99, or email at ACSAlgiers@state.gov.
More information about this travel warning can be found on the U.S. Department of State website.