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Algeria Visa Information

An Algeria visa in a valid passport is required of any U.S. citizen who plans to travel to Algeria. You can get a visa directly from the Alegerian Consulate or by contracting an expediting service.

To get an Algeria business visa, you have to submit the application form and passport together with a letter from the employer stating the purpose of the trip, full name of the applicant and the contacts in the country. The letter should show the official letterhead of the company. The letter should discuss in detail the nature of business to be performed, name and address of the reference person intended for visit, and the guarantee of return transportation as well as a proof of availability of funds to spend for the visit. The letter should be signed by an official in the company and not by the applicant.

Algeria business visa is different from work visa because the latter is initiated by the applicant himself/herself. It is required for the applicant to obtain a temporary employment authorization, a work contract and a commitment of repatriation from the Algerian Ministry of Labor.

Tourism visa applicants are allowed entry as long as they submit an itinerary of their airline travel and confirmed hotel reservation. In some cases, the applicant's funding capacity to go on the trip is evaluated. Another sub-type of tourism visa is the family guest visit. In this case, no such documentation is required. Instead, the applicant must secure an invitation from their host in Algeria. This shall be notarized at the respective city hall in the place of residence of the host. Spouses of Algerian citizens need not obtain such documentations. Instead they have to submit a copy of the current Consulate Registration Card of the Algerian spouse as well as a notarized sponsorship letter. Applicants for Algeria tourist visa are required to make travel arrangements based on the date of entry as they are not allowed to arrive in Algeria before the said date.

Other types of Algeria visa are cultural visa and journalist/press visa that can be obtained by simply submitting the general requirements as mentioned earlier.

Business, tourist, family visit, journalist and transite visa fee is at $160. Work, temporary work and cultural visas cost $190. All application fees must be paid by money order made to either the Embassy of Algeria or the Consulate General of Algeria in New York, depending on where the application is submitted.

Information regarding entry and exit requirements to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria can be obtained from their Embassy located at 2118 Kalorama Road NW,  Washington, DC 20008.

The Algeria visa application form should be type-written. Attach two recent passport size pictures to the two forms. Submit your passport that is valid for at least six months and that contains at least one blank visa page. The non-refundable US Post Office money-order for the visa application fee must also be included.

U.S. citizens who plan to live or visit Algeria are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the said country. They may also go to the State Department's travel registration website to do so and to obtain information regarding travel and security in Algeria right after the approval of their Algeria visa application. This will make it easier for the Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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