Foreign nationals may be vulnerable to low-level crime, including pickpocketing and theft of belongings when traveling through Algeria. However, most cities, including Algiers, have a reasonable level of police presence which means moving around can be done relatively safely.
Terrorist groups such as ISIS and AQ-M are active within the region. Security forces and foreign travelers are vulnerable to attacks. Areas of high risk include the border regions due to the freedom of movement terrorists have from neighboring countries. In 2014, international visitors were routinely targeted by criminal gangs and terrorist groups in the Sahel for kidnapping opportunities. No further incidents have been reported potentially due to advice from foreign governments to avoid the area.
Road travel in Algeria can be unpredictable. Infrastructure is poor and not conducive for the number of road users; therefore, heavy congestion and disruptions are likely in urban areas. There is a high risk of road traffic collisions (RTCs) due to the poor driving conditions, unpredictable driving behavior and inadequate infrastructure.
Public transportation can be unreliable and unsafe for foreign travelers.