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 Algeria - General Info

Time Zone

UTC

Summer time UTC + 1 May to October.

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
Voltage: 230v
Frequency: 50Hz

Do not expect electrical points available in harbours or ports.

Water
Do not regard water tap to have potable water.
Bottled water is usually available.

Money

Algerian dinar (AD) of 100 centimes.

Communications

International dialing code for Algeria is 213.

rangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers. Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone.

Diplomatic Missions

For a of Foreign Embassies Algeria, see link

Foreign Embassies in Algeria

Emergencies

Emergency numbers are
17 for the police
14 for the firemen
Medical emergency services call 021-73-53-50.

Publications

Imray and Adlard Coles Pilot Books are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Mediterranean Almanac 2017/18
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell (10th Edition)
Publisher Imray
See this Noonsite review of previous edition.

North Africa
By Hans van Rijn & Graham Hutt
Publisher: Imray(4th edition 2010 / updates to 2017)
ISBN: 9781846232817
This edition now covers Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia including Gibraltar, Pantelleria and the Pelagie Islands and Malta.

Update History

February 2018: Clearance & Immigration updated with information from Jan Harzem.
October 2017: Publications updated.
September 2016: Formalities checked where possible. Security updated.
April 2015:Publications reviewed and updated.
July 2014: Great updates from Tom and Suzie Partridge of SY Adina.
March 2013: Formalities reviewed.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Feb 14, 2018 12:34 PM

Posted on behalf of Jan Harzem

Fly the Algerian courtesy flag
The coast guard will call you on VHF16 as you approach Algerian waters, asking your intentions.
You will be a novelty and will be treated as such, everybody will want to talk to you and take selfies on your yacht. Best to be strict and say a polite no thank you.

You can expect the formalities to take at least an hour or so. You will see the Coast Guard first, usually at the entrance to the port, they will wave you down and ask you to tie up at their wharf. You will have to fill in some paperwork. Best is if you have copies of passports, ship registration documents. insurance and your sailing qualifications at hand. Next, is police and Customs, depending on location. Whoever is the senior of all three, will run the show. They are extremely courteous and helpful, but will do a cursory search of the vessel. You will have to provide a Customs declaration and declare currency etc, The Police will retain your passports, which you will get back upon leaving. Sometimes the Harbourmaster and the quarantine doctor will come and see you, but really only out of curiosity.

If you want to leave the port area and do not have a visa, you need to ask for a permit d'escale, which is usually granted and you will be escorted into town by police in civilian clothes. In our case we were driven into town to change money and then taken for a scenic tour to the town and surrounding country side. Diesel is Dinar 23 per litre equivalent to Euro 0.18 per liter.
It helps if you speak some French, but a lot of the officials will be able to speak English as well.

burbon
burbon says:
Nov 15, 2015 11:29 PM

Most important thing: have Algerian courtesy flag onboard. Even if you are just passing by - in case of entering their harbour in emergency. They will not let you just buy it in the first port. I've just had an full blown court case two weeks ago in Tenes because of that. They will give you penalty between 200 and 1000EUR (I was lucky - only 200EUR).
Just in case - harbourmaster and his men are your best friends. Immigration - greedy and corrupted. Customs - neutral. Coastguard - mostly ok, except the one that started whole thing. Maybe it was just a bad luck we've entered the port on his shift. According to their procedures after being sentenced you have to spend there 10 days before you can pay the fine and then leave.

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