Finding appropriate Algeria insurance should be a high priority for anyone visiting this vast desert nation. With its long history of bloody political turmoil and increasing incidence of terrorist activity, Algeria could present foreign nationals with a number of hazards, including the risk of kidnap, ambush and bombing. Specialist Algeria insurance is a must for anyone travelling or operating here.
Algeria insurance – quick facts
- There is a heightened risk of terrorism, mainly focused on southern and eastern border regions
- International health insurance in Algeria is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- Foreign nationals, particularly westerners, are known to be a target of kidnappers and ransom insurance
- Foreign nationals and places where foreign nationals are known to gather are potentially a target for terrorist attacks
Get the right insurance for Algeria
- Specialist Algeria insurance – cover can include terrorism and kidnap provision as well as medical evacuation and repatriation
- We can cover your liabilities, your assets and your people and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- With the high threat of kidnap and terrorism throughout Algeria, high-risk insurance is essential for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for medical emergencies, evacuation, kidnap and ransom and other specialist insurance needs
Potential dangers in Algeria what risks might you encounter?
Algeria is Africa’s second largest state, and almost 80% of it is covered by the Sahara. It has had little respite from conflict for the last fifty years. Although all-out civil war ended in 1999, the country has been increasingly subject to terrorist attacks from a group called al-Qaeda in the Land of Islamic Maghreb (AQLIM).
In Jan 2013 armed Islamists attacked and laid siege to the In Amenas gas plant, killing 40 workers, most of whom were foreign nationals. More recently the risk to foreign nationals, particularly westerners, has risen further as groups previously affiliated to AQLIM respond to calls from Islamic State to attack nationals from those countries involved in the US led coalition fighting against them in Iraq. In September 2014 the Frenchman, Herve Gourdel, was kidnapped and killed by one such group.
Almost every day, somewhere in Algeria, there are violent clashes between security forces and suspected militants.
Numerous foreign nationals have been kidnapped and western interests are known to be a specific terrorist target. Typical western life, accident, travel, and medical insurance cover may not be valid here. We can organise specialist insurance for Algeria that will remain valid, even if major civil unrest breaks out while you are there. Anti-government protests here have been relatively peaceful. All the same, visitors are advised to exercise caution and avoid public demonstrations and disturbances.
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Latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice
The FCO advises against all travel to some regions. There is a high threat from terrorism and kidnapping. Major cities are heavily policed, especially in areas frequented by foreigners, but terrorist attacks could take place and may be indiscriminate. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.