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Been back a week and still turning over the trip in my mind. Quite unlike anywhere i have been in quite a while. A very positive and enjoyable experience with the bonus of having the places i visited to myself outside of Algiers and Djemila, though i am being pedantic because really, i had the place to myself!
I will put a trip report together, though first i am organising my photos. This thus far.
Algeria Photos
Many thanks to all who responded to my posts as all the information proved useful.

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Im Going to Algeria for a holiday, with 2 mates for 3 nights, late august. Im from the UK and currently trying to sort my Visa out, I've found information on this around here but it all seems mismatched or out dated. The consulate seems to want you to have proof of a hotel booking/reservation or such to prove where you will be staying for you time there. Im struggling to acquire something like this in every one of our names, since we each need a visa obviously. I've not booked any hotels as of…

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Hello,

I hope that this isn't a repost. I was planning on visiting Ghardaia but then I saw some reports about a mandatory guide. Because I travel on a budget, I would definitely like to avoid hiring private guides. Does anyone have any information about this?

Cheers,
Matjaž

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Please I need your help abouth this. I receive constantly contradictory information about safety. Some people tell me i shouldn´t go alone and avoid transportations between the main cities with train/buses. Because of that I was thinking about using Algerian Air to move between Alger-Constantine- Oran(that would be my route in the country if I go there). Algerian Air offer cheap prices so it is not a problem in terms of money. Another people tell me everything is OK and I should not be worried.

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So I am arriving in Algiers airport on Sunday and I need to find out info about two things:

1) My flight should arrive 6:55 AM. All together (passport control, bus, traffic, etc) how long it will take me to get to Audin bus stop? of course it depends, but what should be a very good time, an average time and a worst case scenario time?

2) I would like to buy a SIM card with data and some credit for calls. is there any bureaucratic problems about this? I hear usually it takes some paperwork but…

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I have 8 nights in Algeria coming up from 2nd May (if anyone about). Basically going to spend two nights in Algiers, take the train to Constantine and spend three nights before returning to Algiers for a few nights. Any suggestions on filling up 2-3 nights between Algiers and Constantine?Thanks in advance

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Hi, is it currently safe to explore this region? We are interested in culture and would like to visit as a day trip. Thoughts? Thanks.

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In case anyone would like a recent report on getting an Algerian visa, keep reading.

I mailed the required documents from the Algerian Embassy website to their consulate in New York (most US citizens must use the consulate and not the embassy in DC) on a Monday morning using USPS Next Day Priority Mail.

-On the application where it asked for a contact in Algeria, I left this blank.
-On the application where it asked for an address in Algeria, I provided the address of the first hotel.
-I…

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If anybody need travel map with sightseeing points and photos in Tadrart:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1NI7hxUduphWlVlNLk7BtkoOMQng&ll=44.7025573024004%2C36.594466769538826&z=4

I very recommended make a trip in algerian Tadrart. It's very beautiful and safe place. And I very recommended Expert Algeria as touroperator.

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So here comes the trip report, as promised. In short: Travelling with your own car in Algeria presents you with a truly off the beaten track experience in a complex, interesting and highly welcoming country. We experienced sandstorms and snowstorms, mind boggling bureaucracy and countless friend requests on Facebook from police and military guys, and one of the most friendly people I have ever encountered. Be patient, cooperative and if you meet people with a smile, you will have an…