Algeria Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

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Algeria travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Algeria.

Updated: 2019-05-04.

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria • الجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية

From the impressive Casbah built atop the ruins of old Icosium in Algeria’s capital city, Algiers, to the UNESCO-listed habitats of the M’zab Valley, just north of the Sahara, Algeria is full of wonders, history, and culture, just waiting to be discovered. Often overlooked, or purposely avoided for safety reasons in favor of Morocco to its west or Egypt to the east, it is getting safer all the time and won’t be avoided by travelers much longer.

Algeria is the largest country in Africa by area, and the 10th-largest in the world. To its north is the Mediterranean Sea; Tunisia, Libya, and Niger are to its east; Morocco is to the west; and Mauritania, Mali, and Western Sahara are to the south.

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Algeria Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Algeria – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Algiers (& largest city)

Population: 42.2 million (2018 estimate)

Language(s): Arabic, Berber

President: Abdelkader Bensalah

Prime Minister: Noureddine Bedoui

Currency: Dinar (DZD)

Area: 2,381,741 km2 (919,595 mi2)

Dialing Code: +213

Time Zone: Central European Time “CET” (UTC+1)

Demonym: Algerian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: الجزائر‎‎ (al-Jazā’ir) (their name for their country)

Emergency Numbers: 18 for police, 14 for fire & ambulance

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: None, 19 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C / F (define)

ISO Country Code: DZ

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