It's always a good idea to remain out of trouble at the best of times, but in Algeria, the need for personal vigilance is even more important.
Like many countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Algeria has its own set of rules and regulations which many of us see as very strange.
But the laws are there, and it's best to obey them and have a smooth experience in Algeria.
Algerian authorities like to keep a close eye on the money coming in and out of the country, and you will have to abide by the rules.
All foreign currency being brought into Algeria should be disclosed when entering the country by filling in an official form.
Each person leaving Algeria will be stopped and asked if he/she has any foreign money and will possibly be searched.
If foreign currency was declared when entering the country, any disparity between the amount arrived with, and the amount held at departure, must be accounted for.
Sounds like an incredible hassle, but this is the deal the government wishes to impose on travellers inside its borders
If a traveller failed to declare any currency when entering Algeria, and is found to possess foreign currency while exiting the country, the penalties may be severe.
This really is the golden rule of travelling in developing countries, actually all countries.
Don't take photos of police or military installations. Bridges and dams are also a bad idea.
There is a high level of security in all these places and terrorism is rife - so take photos of the natural wonder and leave the military barracks for the government.
Algeria isn't the place you want to travel to if you wish to indulge in drugs.
Whether they are hard drugs or soft drugs, the rules are all the same, and there is no tolerance.
Penalties for drug use or trafficking of drugs include imprisonment.
This is certainly not the place you will wish to be, so leave all drugs alone.
And when it comes to weapons, if you have any, leave them at home Rambo. You don't want to end up in jail or in more serious trouble.
As the rule through most African nations, homosexuality is illegal.
For many Western travellers this may be strange and repressive, but its very real in Africa and the rules should not be tested. You will find yourself in trouble.
Locals don't take fondly to this behaviour.
So if you are gay, then it's best to avoid any sign of it while in Algeria.
Breaking this rule will end in jail.
Algeria is a Muslim country.
Islamism has had a significant impact on Algerian society.
It's common for women to wear full veils and most are religiously conservative.
When you travel to Algeria remember this, it's the best way to avoid any drama.
In Algeria it is against the law to attempt to convert Muslims to another faith or to distribute material that may be seen by local authorities as an attempt to convert Muslims to another faith.
The freedoms many people enjoy in liberal Western societies simply aren't enjoyed in Algeria.
There are conservative standards of dress and behaviour in Algeria, particularly for women, and you should take care not to offend.
Physical contact between men and women in public should also be avoided. Public displays of affection can cause offence, particularly in rural and traditional areas and near mosques, religious shrines and religious educational institutes.
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