Last update 12 September 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Algeria
Address: 13, ‘Colonel Bougara’, El – Biar, Alger;
Telephones: +213 21 230 014; +213 21 230 121 (during working hours);
Fax: +213 21 230 533;
Mobile hotline for emergencies: +213 661 995 900;
Working hours of the Embassy: from Sunday to Thursday inclusive, from 08:30 to 14:30
Opening hours of the Consular Office: Tuesday and Thursday from 09:00 to 14:00
E-mail: [email protected]
The Consular Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria operates on the announced opening days, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00 to 14:00. The acceptance of the citizens is carried out after a preliminary scheduled day and time for acceptance, by calling the following telephone numbers: 00213 21 230 014 and 00213 21 230 121, between 10:00 and 13:00, on Sundays to Thursdays inclusive, or by e-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in Sofia
Address: 16 Slavyanska St. Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 980 22 50
In relation to the increased risk of global spread of coronavirus 2019n-CoV identified by WHO, the Algerian health authorities have taken a number of measures to prevent the virus from entering Algeria, including the implementation of thorough medical examinations at international airports for passengers arriving from certain high-risk destinations. Among the airports at risk is the one in Istanbul, which is used as a transit point for Bulgarian citizens travelling to and from Algeria. In view of this, we advise travellers to Algeria to be prepared to undergo additional checks on arrival and to comply strictly with the instructions of the medical authorities and the security and internal order authorities stationed at the airports.
Algeria is a country of risk and a real danger to the personal safety of tourists. Maximum caution is advised for travellers to Algeria, including:
— to be met, accompanied and assisted upon departure by pre-arranged local persons;
— to avoid travelling at night outside the central parts of the city;
— to stay in large internationally recognised hotels on arrival.
The risk of infectious diseases in Algeria is relatively low. There are no reports of epidemics or outbreaks of infectious diseases. No mandatory vaccinations are required upon entry into the country.
Upon entry into Algeria, the customs authorities clear goods within the framework of generally accepted international norms. Quantities of each type should be within the necessary and reasonable limits of consumption for the personal or business needs of each traveller or family. There are no restrictions on small amounts of alcohol (2—3 bottles) and cigarettes (1—2 packs) for personal consumption.
Customs requirements for Algeria can be downloaded from HERE.
Algerian Dinar (DZD).
Exchange rate: EUR 1 — about DZD 123
Travel papers and visas
Border control requirements in Algeria are within the framework of generally accepted international norms. Bulgarian citizens can enter the territory of Algeria with entry visas obtained in advance from the Embassy of Algeria in Sofia or any other country. The cost of a regular visa is EUR 45 and the cost of a business visa is EUR 60. It is not possible to apply for a visa electronically or obtain a visa at the border.
Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the visa expiry date.
Exceptionally, the stay in Algeria may be extended once for up to 1 month by submitting an application to the local authorities of the Ministry of Interior at least 15 days before the expiry of the stay period of the initial visa.
Your passport must have at least one completely blank page so that the entry visa can be affixed to it. There should be no other visa stamps on the back of this page other than the border control stamps.
It is not allowed to enter the country with two passports (one valid without a visa and the other expired but with a valid visa).
For travellers under 18 years of age with or without an accompanying person, a notarised declaration from both parents in French or Arabic is required.
When travelling by car, vignette fees are payable at the tax office. Where the vehicle is registered in the name of a person other than the driver, a power of attorney in French or Arabic valid for the whole of the territory of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria must be presented. Traffic control is strict and effective, and fines and penalties are appropriate to the size and seriousness of the offences. There are no particularities in the imposition of penalties for violation of traffic rules of the country.
Emergency Travel Document
In case your passport is stolen, damaged or lost, you could apply to the Bulgarian Embassy in Algeria for a temporary document to return to Bulgaria.
Certifications and legalizations
Bulgaria has concluded a bilateral agreement with Algeria, according to which documents issued or authenticated within the jurisdiction of an authority or official of one of the two Contracting Parties do not need to be legalised for use by a court or other authority of the other Contracting Party, provided that they are signed and stamped with an official seal. These provisions also apply to signatures on documents certified by a court or other competent authority.
The Consular Office of the Bulgarian Embassy certifies civil status certificates drawn up by the Algerian authorities and legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria.
Upon the birth of a child, the Bulgarian citizen must present to the Embassy an Algerian birth certificate, legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria.
In case of death of a Bulgarian citizen, the medical reports and the death certificate (issued by the Ministry of Justice of Algeria) must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria and subsequently submitted for certification to the Consular Office of the Bulgarian Embassy.
Under local law, the only institutions authorized to carry out marriage procedures, either between Algerians, between Algerians and foreign nationals or between foreign nationals only, are the People's Municipal Councils. Marriages contracted between Algerian and foreign nationals in diplomatic and consular missions accredited to Algeria shall not be recognised by the Algerian authorities.
An Agreement on Judicial and Legal Assistance in Civil, Commercial, Family and Criminal matters remains in force between Bulgaria and Algeria.