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travelbug4
post Feb 3 2009, 06:19 PM
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Hi all, this would be my first time to Algeria and I'm a 23 year old woman. I would be traveling with an Algerian friend and wanted to know any information before I left. Has anyone been there recently, how is it traveling for a woman, what are the risks?

I've been reading a bit from different website ( US State Dept as well) and it sounds worse than my Algerian friend says it is. Advice and info from real travelers would be really helpful. Thanks
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post Feb 4 2009, 08:03 AM
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I was under the impression the borders were closed??
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post Feb 4 2009, 08:16 PM
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You need a visa to get into the country as I am American but the borders are open.

The border between Morocco and Algeria are closed but between Algeria and Tunisia are open. I would be coming from the U S.
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post Feb 4 2009, 11:37 PM
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I haven't been to Algeria yet but would love to go. Seeing it is a Muslim country, I would think you should be sure to dress conservatively and try not to bring attention onto yourself much the same as for travelling in any Islamic country.

As for particular risks, I would say that you have to decide for yourself how much you are willing to take on. There is always the element of "being in the right/wrong place at the right time" but that can apply now to almost anywhere in the world. The US government advisories tend to take an overly cautious tone for good reason but like travel to many unsettled countries and cities, there are definite places to avoid. In the case of Algeria, this would be the Kabylie region which I understand is in the northeast. I travelled in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan region) in 2006 with absolutely no troubles but was sure to avoid noted problem areas which the locals were very aware of and advised me upon. I have heard of single female travellers with the same positive experiences. So I would say that the chances are very likely you would have an incredible problem-free trip. But as with crossing the street in your hometown, there is always a risk. I think the fact you would be travelling with a local person should make things much easier for you as well as allowing you to get in touch with more of the culture and people than if you were alone.

Hopefully, somebody with recent experience will be able to give you more detailed advice.

Whatever you decide, your decision will be the right one!
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I love this city a lot because it shows ther purity and architecture of M'Zab was designed for community living, while respecting the structure of the family. It is a source of inspiration and October month is best to visit here.
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