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Travel Document Type


Government Fee

USD 99.00 (Depends on Nationality)

Byevisa Processing Fee

USD 40.00

Processing Time

Varies depending on nationality

All About the Algeria Visa

As the largest country in Africa, Algeria boasts scenery and activities for all types of travellers. Whether you’re visiting to learn the history and admire the colonial architecture of the capital, Algiers, or you’re travelling to soak up the sun in its dramatic desert dunes or Mediterranean beaches, this country has something for you.

However, despite its wide touristic offering, this North African country is often shrouded in mystery – especially with regard to entry and exit requirements. At the time of writing, the government has announced an e-Visa (Electronic Visa) scheme expected to be launched in the near future. This means there’ll no longer be any need to visit the embassy, fill in long forms or hand your passport over to the consular section for weeks at a time.

When this document is released, Byevisa will outline all the steps needed to request the entry permit online. Until then, below we offer all the need-to-know information on the types of Algerian entry documents available and how to request yours. In short, let us worry about the visa policy of Algeria so you can focus on the more important things, like which incredible landscape to explore first!

Visa for Algeria Application Process

The Algerian government has yet to announce what you’ll need to apply for an eVisa. Based on other countries’ similar systems, you’ll likely require the following:

  • An email address, to receive your travel authorisation.
  • A valid passport, likely with at least 6 months remaining validity and 2 blank pages.
  • Some personal details such as your name, date of birth and passport information.
  • Details of your travel plan, such as date of entry/exit and your itinerary.
  • A credit/debit card or PayPal account to pay for the application.

Applying for this travel authorisation will be simple with Byevisa. It can be requested in just a few steps: 

  • On the Byevisa page, select where you’re from and where you wish to travel (Algeria).
  • Fill in our online application form with your personal, passport and travel details.
  • Select how fast you want your visa – Standard, Rapid or Highly Rapid.
  • Pay the online fee.

You’ll receive your e-Visa by email shortly after, which we recommend printing and taking with you. While the document may be electronically linked to your passport, it’s always wise to carry a hard copy as a backup to prove you’re authorised.

Algeria Visa Requirements and Eligibility

The Algerian government hasn’t announced which nationalities can take advantage of the new e-Visa. It is thought that citizens of countries that currently require a travel authorisation to enter – such as the United States, United Kingdom and EU Member States – will likely be able to apply through this scheme.

In the meantime, here is the list of current Algeria visa-free countries. These tourists or business travellers may visit for up to 90 days with only a valid passport – no forms, fees or lengthy application procedures necessary:

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara)

For the time being, all travellers who do not qualify for the exemption mentioned above must apply for a traditional permit in person or via courier at their nearest embassy or consulate.

There are different categories of visas depending on your length of stay and purpose of travel. Here’s a brief overview:

  • Diplomatic – for diplomatic passport or UN Laissez-Passer holders.
  • Media – for foreign media or journalists.
  • Visitor or Tourist Permit.
  • Algeria business visa – for meetings and conferences.
  • Student Study Permit.
  • Work Entry Permit – for foreign workers or employees of foreign companies assigned to work in the country.
  • Temporary Work Entry Permit – available for stays of 90 days or less.
  • Family – for members of an Algerian family.
  • Medical – for medical care or treatment.
  • Cultural – for participation in cultural, scientific or sporting events.
  • Transit – valid for up to 7 days and granted to visitors holding a visa to their country of destination.

For the purposes of this page, we will focus mainly on short-term tourist authorisations. Nevertheless, the basic requirements for the other types of permits are similar – give or take a few supporting documents from your school, business or sponsor.

Algeria Visa Application Form and Documents

The first step is to locate your nearest embassy or consulate and contact them for an appointment. To do this, you can use our embassy finder tool here.

Then, on the embassy’s official website, you will be able to open the visa application in PDF format and fill in your details. Make sure all your information is typed in before printing and signing 2 copies (handwritten applications will not be accepted). To successfully complete this form you will need:

  • Your full names and any former names. 
  • Your marital status and the name of your spouse, if applicable.
  • Your date and place of birth.
  • Your passport number, issue and expiration dates.
  • The purpose of your stay and the address of your accommodation. 
  • Information on previous visits to the country.

Once complete, the next step is to gather your supporting documents. On the day of your appointment you will need:

  • 2 duly completed application forms (filled in online, printed and signed).
  • Your original passport with at least 6 months validity and 1 blank page, plus a copy of the first page (the number of copies needed may vary depending on the embassy).
  • 2 passport-size photos. The Algeria visa photo size is 35x45mm. Photos must be frontal-view, of the same batch, taken in front of a white background and showing the applicant wearing no glasses of any kind, except for prescription eyewear.
  • A copy of a round-trip flight ticket.
  • Payment (please check with your embassy for the specific amount and method of payment, as this varies by nationality).
  • Travel insurance ( this is mandatory for citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania.)

In addition to the documents listed above, tourists hoping to visit this North African country must also provide the following: 

  • If you’re staying with friends or family: an accommodation certificate, duly certified by the local authorities in Algeria. This must bear the name of the person inviting you, their relationship to you, and the address where you will be staying.
  • If you’re staying in a hotel: a confirmation of the hotel booking.
  • If you’re travelling as part of an organised tour: an official invitation and itinerary from a travel agency in Algeria.
  • A Certificate of Employment (CoE) or other evidence of activity and income (pay slips, bank statements).

Visa to Algeria Status Check

Your travel to Algeria visa should be processed in 10 working days if submitted in person, or 15 days if submitted by mail. Keep in mind that your nationality, as well as the time of year, may affect the processing time. For example, applicants may experience a longer wait time if applying during Ramadan and the Eid celebrations.

Whether or not you’ll be able to check the status of your document depends entirely on the embassy where you apply; in many cases, this information is hard to come by. 

However, once the e-Visa scheme comes into effect, checking your status with Byevisa will be a breeze. You’ll simply go to ‘Log In’ at the top of this page, enter your details and find out: 

  1. If your travel pass has been accepted. 
  2. If it was rejected, and the reason why if we know. 
  3. When it becomes or became valid, and how long it’s got left. 
  4. Your travel authorisation’s exact expiry date.

How Much Does an Algeria Visa Cost?

Visa fees for Algeria vary depending on the nationality of the applicant, the duration of stay and the number of entries. To give you an idea, for European citizens staying for 90 days or less, the cost is 85 EUR (99 USD).

The Algerian government has yet to announce the prices of its new e-Visa. For Byevisa to handle your application on your behalf, you’ll also pay a small processing fee. This fee depends on the processing speed you choose: Standard, Rapid or Highly Rapid.

More Information on Visas to Algeria

We hope you’ve found the information in the above sections to be helpful. For more tips that may be useful when planning your trip, please check out our FAQs below.

The duration of your permit depends on your reason for travelling. For tourism, stays are usually granted for up to 90 days for both Single and Multiple-Entry permits.
Unfortunately, you cannot apply for your authorisation in the country. However, you may extend your current visa 15 days before it expires by visiting the Foreigners’ Office (Bureau des étrangers) with a letter of invitation from someone in the country.
No, this country does not currently offer a VoA. However, once the e-Visa becomes available, we will update this page with all the relevant details on how to request this document entirely online.
UK visitors should apply following the process outlined above. The fees for these documents are as follows:
  • Single or Multiple-Entry tourist authorisation - 85 GBP (116.50 USD).
  • Work or temporary work permit - 270 GBP (371 USD).
  • Transit - 60 GBP (82 USD).
These fees must be paid in cash or by postal order at the consulate (cheques or credit cards will not be accepted).
Yes, Pakistani travellers should apply following the same process outlined above. The cost of this document for Pakistani nationals is as follows:
  • 30-day Single-Entry: 3,500 PKR (22 USD).
  • 60-day Double-Entry: 4,500 PKR (28 USD).
  • 90-day Multiple-Entry: 4,500 PKR (28 USD).
Algerian embassies and consulates will not issue entry documents to visitors whose passports have less than 6 months validity, and they’ll check your passport information against your travel dates. As such, if you plan on checking out this Mediterranean destination in the near future, we recommend checking your passport expiration date before finalising your itinerary.
The country is connected to Europe by its national airline, Air Algerie, as well as major European companies such as Air France, British Airways and Iberia. Another option is to travel by ferry. There are several routes between the Algerian coast and southern European countries such as France, Italy and Spain. A route between Spain and Algiers, for example, takes between 13 and 16 hours, while a trip from Marseille, France takes up to 23 hours.
The 2 official languages spoken here are Arabic and Berber (or Tamazight). However, due to its colonial past, French is widely spoken too.
When applying for your documents and planning your itinerary, keep in mind that this Muslim-majority country follows the Islamic work week. That is, businesses and offices open Tuesday through Saturday and remain closed on Sunday and Monday.
The processing time depends on your nationality and duration of stay. Your embassy or consulate will give an estimated processing time on their website. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to give yourself a bit of extra time to gather your documents and provide time for delays.
No, this entry permit will be affixed to your passport. Once the eVisa is released, however, it is recommended that you print the confirmation page and take it with you.
Yes, you can request your visa to Algeria for US citizens at the closest embassy or consulate. Use our embassy finder tool to locate your nearest available diplomatic mission. The cost of applying for any Algerian travel authorisation is 160 USD, payable through a United States Postal Service money order.
Yes. A 30-day Single-Entry tourist pass for Indian travellers is 3,200 INR (41 USD) and a Multiple-Entry pass for 90 days in all other categories is 7,200 INR (94 USD). This fee must be paid in rupees only by bank drafts, payable to the Embassy of Algeria in New Delhi.
If your entry permit is denied, you should contact the consular section of the embassy or consulate for further information. However, if you mind the details outlined above, you can greatly reduce the risk of having any setbacks in your application.
Dual citizens should present the original and photocopies of both passports when applying for their Algerian visa.
Generally speaking, the best time to visit is in the spring and the autumn. However, if you want to cross “skiing in Africa” off of your bucket list, then you may want to consider travelling in winter to take advantage of this country’s many mountains.
Here’s an example of the document that will be fixed in your passport. Algeria visa sample
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