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Guide to life as an expat in Algeria

Guide to life as an expat in Algeria

Living in Algeria

Algeria is located in North Africa and is bordered by a few other African countries and the Mediterranean Sea. Both Arabic and French is spoken in Algeria. The country boasts large amounts of natural gas which it exports. This is a big draw for expats who come to Algeria in order to find work and earn a good living. Follow our easy expat guide to make the move to Algeria that much more simple.
Algeria City of Bridges

Expat Clubs in Algeria

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Algeria and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools in Algeria

El Kalimat School
This English-speaking school is located at a residential district in Alger. They use the Cambridge International Curriculum that covers both primary and secondary years for children aged 5 to 14. A Foundation Stage class is also offered for children 3 and 4.
Curriculum: Cambridge International
Address: 52A lot la fumée Bouzaréah 16200, Ben Aknoun, Alger, Algeria
Tel: +213 (0) 21 908783, +213 (0) 21 908784
Fax: +213 (0) 21 908785
Email: contact@Elklimatschool.com
Website: www.elkalimatschool.com

Lycee International Alexander Dumas Alger
Curriculum: French
Address: Chemin Areski Mouri, 16030, Alger, Algeria
Tel: +213 (0) 21 913292
Email: administration@liad-alger.fr

Local News in English

Algeria Daily
This is an English language news that features content from World News Network covering the both local and international events and special focus on African news stories.
Website: algeriadaily.com

Country Information for Algeria

Location: Africa
Capital City: Algiers
Currency: Algerian Dinar (DA)
Language: Arabic and French
Calling Code: +213
Internet TLD: .dz

Electricity: Algeria runs on 230V 50Hz. The country uses a variety of energy sources like coal, crude oil, and gas. They also use renewable energy such as solar, hydro biogas. Sonelgaz provides electricity service as well as natural gas.
Address: 02, Boulevard Krim Belkacem, Algiers, Algeria
Tel: +213 (0) 21 723100
Fax: +213 (0) 21 722690
Email: communication@sonelgaz.dz
Website: www.sonelgaz.dz

Emergency Numbers:
Ambulance: 127
Fire: 128
Police: 129

Country Information

Country Study

Embassy Information


Residency and Visa Information

Visitors from Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Seychelles, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen may come in visa-free and stay for up to 90 days. Algerian Consulates and Embassies in respective countries handle visa applications. There are different kinds of visas available: tourist, family, business, work, cultural, transit, press, medical, and student; each with different requirements. Please check in with the Algerian Embassy/Consulate in your country for these requirements.

Visitors must hold:
  • Completed application form
  • Three recent passport size photos
  • Personal invitation or hotel booking
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Copy of first two pages of the passport (for US and UK, two copies of the whole passport is required)


There are apartments and villas available in Algeria for rent as well as purchase. However given current political environment of the country, buying a property is not advisable.

Driving License

An international driving license and your original driving license from your home/host country is required to drive in Algeria. For more information about driving in Algerian please visit: www.adcidl.com/Driving-in-Algeria.html


Healthcare facilities, resources and staff in Algeria are in short supply, however they are up to a reasonable standard. Cash payments are to be expected; emergency cases are treated for free. Expatriates are advised get vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and any other routine vaccinations before visiting. Make sure to secure a comprehensive medical insurance.

Insurance Companies

MSH International

With ASFE (Association de services des Francais de l’Etranger), MSH Internation provides insurance solutions for expatriates around the world, with packages for different age brackets.
Address: 16, rue Monceau, 75008, Paris, France

Tel: +33 (0) 144 204877
Fax: +33 (0) 144 204880
Website: www.asfe-expat.com/index.php?a=en&b=Accueil

Clinique Chifa
Address: Micro Zone d’Activite Hydra, Algiers, Algeria
Tel: +213 216 05252
Fax: +213 216 0 1717
Website (French): clinique-chifa-hydra.com/BIENVENUE.html

Clinique Chirurgicale Ibn Sina
Address: Rue Principale, Tamentefoust, La Marsa, Algiers, Algeria
Tel: +213 218 64040
Fax: +213 218 71871
Website (French): cliniqueibnsina.com

Clinique Medicale Aya
Address: Cité Sorécal, Coopérative Amitié, Zonka, Birkhadem, Algiers, Algeria
Tel: +213 214 05239, +213 21 4 05240
Fax: +213 214 05313
Mobile: +213 558 978145, +213 662 131132
Email: info@cliniqueaya.dz
Website (French): cliniqueaya.dz


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