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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2016
Train from Oran to Boussif  (2 Answers)

In Paul Bowles' "A Sheltering Sky" (with which I am working for a project) characters travel from Oran to Boussif by train.

Is there, or has there ever been, such a service? I am having a difficult time finding a real-life reference to one. If there is or was a route, I am very keen to map it.

Thank you for any help you could offer me. It's time sensitive.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2016
Algerian Dinar  (2 Answers)

Hi, I travelled to Algerian earlier this year to meet my partner's family, had so much to do that on my way back I didn't have enough time to convert the dinar I had back to pounds. I thought it would be easy to change it back when I get back to the UK but it turns out it's impossible to get it exchange here as everywhere I go they tell me they can't exchange Algerian dinar for some odd reason.
So I'm wondering has anyone else ever been in this situation and if there's a way to get pounds for my dinar within the UK or if anyone travelling to Algeria soon would like to buy it from me?

Thanks, any help is extremely appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2016
Did u like Algiers  (5 Answers)

Did u like Algeria ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2016
Exchange Rates  (6 Answers)


I am planning a trip to Algeria next spring. I am looking at hotel rates ect....and all of them state that the hotel rate may be different depending on the exchange rate when I pay for the room. Has anyone had to pay 2 to 3 times the rate quoted? I want to be prepared when I pay.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2016
Tourist Visa  (4 Answers)

On the application for a tourist visa for a US citizen to travel to Algeria I must show confirmed hotel reservation. Someone said that I can cancel this reservation once my visa is approved. Is this true? Does confirmed mean that I have to book the hotel room on a credit card? If I cancel how hard is it get my money back?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2016
near by airports Oum el Bouaghi  (8 Answers)

hello im looking for a airport that is near Oum el Bouaghi algeria i went to Houari Boumediene airport but it was so far from were my husband lives can anyone suggest near by airports please

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2016
Is staying with my boy friend okay?  (22 Answers)

Hello i am going to algeria soon. and the visa say's i need to show them my flight ticket and hotel ticket.
MY boyfriend say it will be findd to stay at his place while im visiting.
Can i do that? Do i need to put in his address?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2016
Travel Vaccination  (8 Answers)

I will be in Algeria in 10 weeks time. Just wondering what travel vaccinations will i need before i get there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2016
Visa application.  (2 Answers)

I am filling out visa application to travel to Algeria and it says on the website to make sure everything is filled out. Well there is a part on The application that asks about children and above that says only to be filled out if traveling with you. So I put in the big box below that section n/a. Will that be ok?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2016
Houari Boumediene Airport  (2 Answers)

hello im traveling to algeria houari boumediene airport in 12 days just want to know about the airport about the security checks if anyone know do it take long because ill be there late in the night and i will have my daughter with me,
my husband will be waiting for me i airport so just want to know as all airports are different

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2016
Constantine - Tour guide needed (?)  (5 Answers)

Good day to all!
My wife and I are planning to visit Constantine by the end of the year. We are finding it difficult to find a guide to accompany us on a day tour around the city. We don't speak Arabic or French, unfortunately. Given all this...
1) Is a guide really necessary or would it be easy for us to move around, please?
2) If necessary, would someone be able to recommend us one, please?
3) Any advices for us, please?
Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2016
Writing a letter of accommodation  (20 Answers)

My friends family will write a letter of accommodation for me. I was wondering what it should say and also what language should it be in? English, Arabic, French?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2016
I have online girlfriend. I am going there soon to see her. (Never been there) Safety Advice?  (5 Answers)

-25 years old.
-Korean (Asian) who lives in the US as a permanent visa alien.
-Speaks Korean and English
-2 years of online relationship with Algerian girl who can speak English and French and Arabic.
-Nearly everyday we have chatted with messenger for over an hour, everyday for 2 years.
-My friends keeps me from going there..
-She lives in Algiers
-I have no plan to go out of the city of Algiers.
-She speaks English and French and Arabic.

-Am I safe to walk on the street with her? Even if I am not muslim but Asian ?

-I know she is definitely not a spy and it is rude to ask though. I can trust her 100% right?

-She doesn't like the street guys because she said they virbally harass her often when she hangs out on the street..
They are not gonna pick up the trouble with us if we hang out together right? I don't have to confront them right?

Help me please. I am kinda worried because of my friends' advices..
Thanks for answering!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2016
wedding dress shops  (6 Answers)

hello can anyone tell me if there is any wedding shop in Oum El Bouaghi
my husband wants to get me a wedding dress next month as were married we want to do it in algeria as we married in Tunisia,and all his family will be at our wedding next month wen we do it in algeria if there aint any dress shop i will get one from uk thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2016
oum el bouaghi  (19 Answers)

hello i am due to go to algeria in 9 weeks,so was just wounding what the country like as ill be going to see my husband in his country for the first time as i always goes to Tunisia,but he wants me to see all his family i no it nothing like Tunisia and is a very strict place,excited but also bit nervous because i have heard so many bad things as i no i will be safe there at his home but would like a bit off information about the country thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2016
Can i visit algeria with my canadian passeport?  (8 Answers)

I'm going to algeria for vacation. My algerian passeport is expired. So if I go with my canadian passeport & use a an algerian piece of identity & my consular card to proof that i'm algerian & canadian, would they let me in???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2016
Driving in algeria with a Canadian driver's license  (5 Answers)

I'm going to algeria for a 3 months vacation this summer, and i'my wondering if I'm allowed to drive with my full G canadian driver's license? ???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 01, 2016
Safety in Algeria  (4 Answers)

Hi, I'm planning to go to Algiers and Oran in may and i would like to ask about safety there and what should I careful. I also saw prices for hotels and they are expensive but there is maybe chance to find somethink cheaper on place? I was several times in Morocco and these countries are similar ?

Thanks for help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2016
How to Optimize My Lifestyle in Algeria?  (3 Answers)

Hello folks,

To begin with, let me introduce myself briefly. I am an 18 years old Canadian student that lives in Québec (AKA French Canada). Recently, I recontacted an Algerian girl I used to talk to a lot, but with whom I had lost contact after a while. We really get along now, even more than we used to. We talk on a regular basis and she told me that she wanted us to meet someday. I really fell in love with her culture and just talking to her makes me feel like I'm travelling to a completely new world.

In order to meet her, I found myself two jobs within the very same week. The first job consists in teaching French to fellow students and my second one is in a supermarket that is going to open its doors very soon. According to my estimations, I'll have about 3000$ CAD by the time I leave Canada. Considering this, it means that I will have roughly 2200$ CAD left once my plane tickets are purchased. With about 175 000 DZD, I would like to know what kind of lifestyle I should adopt in order to be able to stay for a whole month as comfortably as possible.

Should I travel by bus or should I rent a car instead? Should I get an apartment or sleep in a hotel room? What are the most beautiful cities there?

Please tell me your best tips so I can enjoy my trip to Algeria.

Thanks in advance and have an awesome day.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 02, 2016
Travel to and accommodation in Constantine, Algeria  (4 Answers)

I want to travel from Algiers to Constantine later in February. Is train a good option? If yes, do you need to book ahead?

Also, I am looking for a mid range hotel in Constantine - not luxurious, just friendly, a clean and comfortable room with own bathroom .
Any suggestions - and information about travelling in this area much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2016
Planning a trip  (11 Answers)

I am thinking of visiting Algeria and India. I would like recommendations for flights and travel insurance, (internet sites). Also, do most exchange currency at the airport upon arrival to my destination or before I leave?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2016
Rent a cheap) car  (4 Answers)

Hi everyone!

Who knows where i can rent a (cheap) car in Algeria (Alger)?
the prices are really European online but i want it for a normal DZ price :p

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2015
Safety/Solo Traveler  (22 Answers)

I am a solo female traveler who is thinking of visiting Algeria. I have recently seen travel alerts regarding certain areas of Algeria. Anyone travel there recently?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2015
do i need to contact embassy if i decide to switch hotels or go to other cities  (4 Answers)

Aloha :) im traveling to algiers next month in january, im staying in a hotel but not sure if ill stay in the same hotel throughout my stay, the embassy requires that i show proof of hotel stay which i have, but what if i decide to travel to another city and stay in another hotel is this something the embassy may have a problem with? or do i just contact them everytime i switch hotels or travel around? or do they need to be contacted at all? as everyone says its hard to contact them by phone so if im in algeria and move around mailing them is not exactly an option, emails take just as long response, and phone calls do not get answered lol any information will help thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2015
Can I get Algerian Visa In Morocco?  (7 Answers)

Hi! I am a Filipino and travelling to Algeria early next year. However, there is no Algerian Consulate in my country Philippines where I can get my visa. The closest is in Malaysia which will cost much from airfare to all paper processing fees. My Algerian friend suggests that I fly to Morocco first, because the latter does not require visa and it is very close to my destination. My Algerian friend will provide me with the invitation letter and the required Certificat d' hebergement legalise' par l' APC. Would the Algerian consulate in Morocco help a foreigner to get a visa? Thanks in advance to those who will shed light.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2015
Safety in Algeria  (4 Answers)

Hi, I'm planning to go to Algiers and Oran in the nearest future, but I don't know how safe are these places. What is the current safety situation in Algeria?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2015
Night train from Oran to Béchar  (3 Answers)

Hello everyone! Looking to take 10 days in Algeria in January. I know there is a daily sleeper service from Oran to Béchar, but I have a few concerns about it based on what I have read.

-First and foremost, it appears to be hard to get tickets; I'm basing this on a French language Algerian news clip I found on Youtube that appears to be from this year. The impression I have is that you need to buy tickets on the day at the station and that it is often sold out. I am happy to buy them in person in advance (In Alger or Oran) if it's possible, and plan on traveling first class. Would any of this be a problem? (video here: )

-Second, it looks like trip takes 10 hours overnight... but that there is no real food service. Is this the case?

Not terribly concerned about climatisation (as it will be winter) or cleanliness for one night if it gets us where we need to be.

tl:dr - What's the deal with the train from Oran to Béchar?

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2015
Travel to Guelma  (2 Answers)

I live in Finland. I am planning to visit Guelma. I am wondering what is the best way to be there. Should I rent car from Constantine airport? How safe it is to drive on the northern part of Algeria? Can I use my Finnish driving license to drive in Algeria?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2015
Visa length  (6 Answers)

I applied for a visa to Algeria they received it on June 30, I have yet to received it or my american passport back. How long does it normally take? The embassy in New York never answers the phone. Should I be worried?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2015
ant gay bar/clubs in Algiers and Oran?  (8 Answers)

hi everyone,

i am traveling to algeria in 2 weeks. i am black gay guy late 20s"not camp" and i wanted to find out is there any gay bar/club to go in Algiers or Oran? also how much money do i need for a week just to eat out dinner everyday?

thank you in advance your reply will be much appreciated..:)

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