Security and Travel
Regional threat to Western schools/teachers
29 October 2014
A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other western schools and teachers in the Middle East, and specifically mentioned Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Maadi in Egypt as locations with high concentrations of potential targets. The U.S. Embassy in Algiers is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any school or individual in Algeria. Nevertheless, Americans residing in or visiting Algeria should remain vigilant regarding their personal security.
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) at travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the U.S. Embassy in Algiers.
Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Algeria, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Algeria. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Embassy is located at 5 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi in the El Biar district of Algiers, and is open 0800-1630, Telephone  (0) 770-08-2000. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is  (0) 770-08-2200.