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Like most developing nations, petty theft and pickpocketing does occur in Algeria. Muggings can also happen, especially after dark. So it's best to avoid dark streets, deserted beach areas and isolated spots when night falls.
Make sure you don't make your wealth obvious either. Dangling cameras, flashing money or credit cards or expensive jewelry is not a good idea.
Potential thieves will watch you carefully and strike when you least expect it. Keep your valuables secure and be aware of your surroundings.
Theft of contents and parts from parked cars, so never leave valuables in sight while the vehicle is unattended or stopped in traffic. Keep your car doors locked and windows up whether you are on the move or have parked the car.
Luggage theft and pickpocketing on buses and trains does happen so make sure your bags are secured, valuables close to you and keep an eye on your belongings.
Thieves have been reported to target hotel rooms. If you do leave things behind, secure your valuables in the room or hotel safe. Hide things out of sight.
Thieves posing as police officers or checkpoint guards is an often ploy to get Westerners to open their doors and hand over money.
Unfortunately, many of these men are usually armed and dangerous. Once they enter a house or stop your vehicle, they will hold you for ransom.
These bandits and their methods are common in most parts of Africa. If you do get confronted with an armed robbery, don't resist. Best not to make eye contact and obey commands.
It's a classic scam in Africa and around the world - men posing as tour guides, which are just con artists desperate to take your money.
You should use a local licensed guide for any tours of the Kasbah area of Algiers.
If you do wish to take a tour, organising one through your hotel is probably the best bet, or ask around.
There will often be people outside hotels saying they are licensed guides, but usually they aren't - be vigilant.
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 may be 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.
If a traveler failed to declare any currency when entering Algeria, and is found to possess foreign currency while exiting the country, the penalties may be severe.
Don't take photos of police, military installations, government infrastructure or airports. There is a high level of security in all these places and they won't take it lightly if you disobey the law.
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.
Homosexuality is illegal in Algeria, so LGBTQ travelers need to be discreet and respectful of local laws at all times.
Punishment is a three year jail sentence and a financial penalty.
Algeria is a conservative Islamic country, so visitors will need to be mindful of this as they travel around. Dress conservatively and be respectful of the local culture, particuarly in rural locations and around places of worship. Women travelers should also consider wearing a headscarf.
In Algeria, it's against the law to convert Muslims to another faith or to distribute religious material that may be seen by local authorities as an attempt to convert Muslims to another faith.
Physical contact between men and women in public should also be avoided. Public displays of affection can cause offence, particularly in rural areas where social attitudes can be more conservative and near places of worship.
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