Guide to life as an expat 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

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



Lycee International Alexander Dumas Alger

Curriculum: French

Address: Chemin Areski Mouri, 16030, Alger, Algeria

Tel: +213 (0) 21 913292


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.


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



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:


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



Clinique Chifa

Address: Micro Zone d’Activite Hydra, Algiers, Algeria

Tel: +213 216 05252

Fax: +213 216 0 1717

Website (French):

Clinique Chirurgicale Ibn Sina

Address: Rue Principale, Tamentefoust, La Marsa, Algiers, Algeria

Tel: +213 218 64040

Fax: +213 218 71871

Website (French):

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


Website (French):