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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

February 28, 2014

On the morning of Saturday, March 1, there is a demonstration planned at Place Audin, near La Grande Poste) as a reaction to the Algerian President running for a fourth term.  Please be advised that there will be a heavy police presence in and around downtown Algiers.  There are no indications that the event will be violent although crowds can behave unpredictably and the situation can change quickly and without warning.

As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  As the 2014 Algerian elections approach, there is a possibility that demonstrations may become more frequent.  U.S. citizens in Algeria should monitor local news reports and plan their activities accordingly.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain aware of their surroundings at all times in Algeria. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Algeria enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website at where the Worldwide Caution, County Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Download our free Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips. 

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy is located at 5 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi in the El Biar district of Algiers, and can be reached by telephone at (213) 770 08 20 00. The fax is {213} 21 98 22 99. The consular section email is