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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
 
July 2, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Algeria has instructed embassy employees to avoid U.S. owned or operated hotels through the U.S. Independence Day (July 4) and Algerian Independence Day (July 5) holiday weekend.  As of June 2014 an unspecified terrorist group may have been considering attacks in Algiers, possibly in the vicinity of a U.S. branded hotel.

The U.S. Embassy, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety.  However, beyond this announcement we do not discuss specific threat information, security considerations or measures, or other steps we may be taking.

For further information, we refer you to the Worldwide Caution put out by the U.S. Department of State dated February 19, 2013:

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.  U.S. citizens in Algeria should monitor local news reports and plan their activities accordingly.

The U.S. Embassy in Algiers  is located at 05 Chemin Cheikh Bachir Ibrahimi, El-Biar 16030.  The telephone number is (213) 770 - 08 - 2032. The number for after-hours emergencies is (213) 770 - 08 - 2000.  The fax number is (213) (21) 60 - 73 - 35. The Embassy's e-mail addressACSAlgiers@state.gov.  If you no longer wish to receive emails from the Embassy, please respond with a message that contains "REMOVE" in the subject line.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Algeria.  For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where theWorldwide CautionCountry Specific Information Sheet for AlgeriaTravel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, can be found.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy Algiers through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website.  If you enroll we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.