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Travel tips for Algeria - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

1. Algeria is not the safest country in the world, and this concerns foreign tourists as well. There were cases of kidnapping foreign travelers, so it is better not to visit this country alone.
2. If you plan to visit the Sahara Desert, heading there with two or three friends is not the best idea. Hire a guide or book an excursion in one of the official tourist centers.
3. Exchange money only in banks, official exchange offices, in post offices, and in hotels. Keep the money exchange receipt during your vacation in the country.
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4. Do not take pictures of local people without their permission. Tourists may face serious problems if they take pictures of local women.
5. Tap water is not safe for drinking. Buy bottled water instead.
6. Female travelers need to be particularly careful when visiting this country. They shouldn’t appear in public places alone even in big cities.
7. Visit various neighborhoods of the city, as well as bazaars and shops, only during the daytime. It is risky to explore Algerian cities when it is dark. Copyright
8. Local police are friendly with foreigners and are always ready to help in case of a problem.
9. It is better not to visit regions of the country close to the borders with Tunisia and Libya as public unrests are usually the strongest there.
10. Never show disrespect to locals with a foul odor or sand in the hair. It is always a good idea to stay tolerant. Moreover, this is normal in Algeria.
11. Needless to say that open tops, short skirts, and other revealing clothes are inappropriate in this country. Leave clothing of this type at home to enjoy a safe and tranquil vacation.
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12. Modest outfits are the best in Algeria. Do not put on clothing decorated with coins. Prophet Muhammad was a merchant, so local people respect money and this profession. Every disdain expressed to money, as well as unnecessary spending, are an offense for Algerians.
13. The same rule applies to giving tips: visitors can leave a reward to a waiter who was serving guests really well, but it is a bad idea to give too much as this way you will underline your superior position.
14. It is prohibited to drink alcohol in public areas! If you want to drink, do it in your hotel room.
15. It may be a good idea to refrain from car rental in Algeria because local drivers have an aggressive driving style and often do not follow traffic regulations. It is better to call a taxi.
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Advices for popular cities of Algeria

1. Be careful when choosing clothes for walking around the city - no open and bright outfits are acceptable. Also, you need to ensure that clothes have no any imitations of coins - this element of the wardrobe is not allowed here as well. 2. It is strictly prohibited to drink alcohol on the city streets. You can drink only in specially designated establishments. Keep in mind that not all restaurants offer guests strong drinks, which are often just off the menu. 3. The historic district … Read more

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