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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Although safety has significantly increased, a number of measures still have to be observed when travelling in Algeria. Foreigners are not usually targets of violence, but the indiscriminate nature of bomb attacks on public places, such as markets and bus and train stations, makes caution extremely advisable. The northern part of the country is still unsafe and travel to this area is not advised. Driving alone in the desert has been made illegal after the 2003 kidnappings, and a number of checkpoints exist in the desert in order to ensure people only travel in groups.

The best way to get around is to travel by air or with a group, though air fares are quite expensive and a group of unarmed men did try to hijack a domestic Air Algérie flight in January 2003.

Expeditions into the Sahara pose a whole host of other problems, from fuel shortages to sandstorms and bandits. Make sure you are adequately briefed and prepared well before departure.