Travel to Algeria

14/06/2013 -- Admin
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Medical & Health

Check the safety situation of the area you plan to visit on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website before you go to Algeria on holiday. 

If the FCO advise against travel, your insurance won’t cover you for medical expenses or cancellation.

Documents needed:  Passport and Visa. There’s no reciprocal health care agreement with Algeria, so you can't use your EHIC card for free or reduced cost treatment.

Your travel insurer could authorise treatment in nearby Spain or elsewhere on mainland Europe if you fall sick or have an accident in Algeria, so take your EU card with you. 

Hospitals and Doctors

Be aware of the difficulties of getting good quality health care in a relatively underdeveloped country like Algeria.

Treatment isn't free in public hospitals where there are shortages of doctors and hospital beds. Medical facilities in mountain and desert regions are sparse or don't exist.

Private clinic facilities, especially in the city of Algiers, are better equipped but treatment is pricey.

Few doctors speak English. All speak French.

If you have an accident or fall ill, your travel insurer can organise treatment in a modern private hospital in one of the larger cities (Algiers, Oran, Annaba).

Let your insurer know before agreeing to/paying for any medical treatment, especially if it's over £500.

Private doctors and hospitals often expect payment by cash, so make sure you can access funds through your credit card /via wire transfer.

Make sure your travel insurance policy covers you for medical emergencies, air ambulance and repatriation.


Medicines may go under a different name with a different dosage from the UK and be in short supply. Specialist medication may be unavailable.

Check date stamps on medicines and only buy from reputable pharmacists. Power cuts are common.  Exposure to high temperatures could reduce effectiveness of some medicines.

If taking prescription drugs/medication abroad for a medical condition you have, make sure you have sufficient for the trip and extra in case of delays, theft or loss.