Americans Possibly Headed to Algeria
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 5:49 AM Last Post By: testarossa50
Oct 9, 2012 8:14 AM
Americans Possibly Headed to AlgeriaHello,
My girlfriend and I are mid/late-20s white Americans (unmarried) with no relevant language skills (I'm working on the French though). I've really always wanted to check out Algeria. We have three weeks off in summer 2013, and are considering spending two of those weeks in Algeria (the third in France). We've dipped our toes into Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Turkey, but this would be our first serious travel in the Arab/Muslim world. We stay in cheap, small hotels and hostels (to the extent they are available).
- First, safety. I'm under the impression that kidnappings haven't happened in a good while and isn't much of a risk. Our other idea is Peru/Bolivia, and frankly I'd probably feel more endangered there. Am I correct in my assessment?
- Second, visa. My understanding is that I only need one night's hotel reservation? Or else I guess I can just book the entire two weeks at a hotel like the Hilton then cancel after I get my visa? Would taking a ferry in one direction complicate the visa situation at all? Flying reminds me of work...I prefer to minimize it.
- Any issues with being unmarried travelers? What about modesty in terms of clothing? We never wear shorts abroad, but I'm assuming in some places my GF wearing a headscarf/long sleeves will be preferred/required. Is that sufficient?
- Transport/itinerary. I definitely want to go to Constantine, and Ghardaia and Oran look awesome too. But it just seems like there's too much distance required to fit all of these places in. Any other good stops along the way if only two of those are chosen? We like culture, history, food, and the occasional trek though the mountains (I would understand if the latter is not advisable...more of a France thing perhaps). Driving a car is out of the question, although it sounds like taxis and buses are really cheap.
Oct 9, 2012 9:21 AM
11. Safety - generally fine particularly in the north, read other Algerian threads!
2. Read visa threads, can be tricky, varies from Embassy to Embassy
3. This can be a problem in certain wilayas; Tlemcen, Oran won't let unmarried people into the same room even with 2 single beds. Setif area (Constantine) will!
4. Trains & buses are good, need good French to get around on your own ... I did a fair bit of travel whilst I was there but not as far south as Ghardaia!
Oct 9, 2012 10:19 PM
2Hi there !
I'm Sid from Algiers Algeria , 24 years old ,I read your topic and i wanted to help you . Well yes I heard that you need to make a hotel reservation to get a Visa , thats really boring , I can help you if you want to for example if you stay in Algiers the Capital I can let you stay at my home with my family i'll be very gald to help you . You should Visit the Houggar and Tassili , tamanrasset , Janet these places are all in the Desert , the south of Algeria .For more info contact me at Sidoup@hotmail.com .Looking forward hearing from you soon my friend .
Best regards !
P.S: I like to help tourists cause I have been to Turkey last couple of months and Ive been helped by Turks too thats why I why I want to help you if you dont mind , If you dont want to make a hotel reservation I can extand you a Letter invitation to come to my Home .
Oct 30, 2012 11:10 AM
Nov 8, 2012 7:54 PM
4Getting kidnapped in Bolivia? Surely you jest. I lived there for 4 years (just got back to the States a few months ago) and there's no such thing as getting kidnapped unless you intentionally enter the cocaine-production area north of Cochabamba, which is so remote you'd never find it or even happenstance upon it.
Robbed? Possibly, but entirely avoidable if you take the normal sensible steps.
Nov 13, 2012 6:35 AM
5I don't think that readhead is still interested in this thread (or in Algeria). He didn't come back since more than 1 month.
Nov 14, 2012 2:15 PM
6Still interested, and thanks for the replies although I'm still uncertain about whether independent travel there is really practical for me. I'm trying to figure out why basically nobody ever goes to Algeria; it seems like a visa is the main hurdle, but I'm worried there are more I'm not accounting for.
Also, I meant general danger in Bolivia is probably higher than in Algeria, or such is my take on things (robbery, gun violence, etc). And I'd have no hesitation whatsoever going to Bolivia from the standpoint of safety; I'm sure it's way safer than Guatemala etc.
Nov 15, 2012 2:34 AM
7" I'm trying to figure out why basically nobody ever goes to Algeria"
The tourism infrastructure is by far not at the same level than in Morocco or Algeria. Very few tour operators. Not many hotels offer modern standards. Hotels at interesting places cannot be booked through agencies like booking, expedia, travelocity, etc. Almost no beaches where Western women feel well. People who don't speak French are rather lost. Low cost flights from France only.
Nov 15, 2012 5:49 AM
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