Saudiwakala is an accredited visa agent that secures visas for those travelling to Algeria. Welcoming hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, the country is one of North Africa’s most popular destinations. However, most visitors — including UK citizens — need a visa to enter. We are aware of just how arduous applying for travel documentation can be, especially when you just want to focus on the trip itself. But by choosing our one-stop visa solution, we can take care of everything for you.
Please note: Our visa services do not extend to those wishing to come to the UK from Algeria.
|Type of Visa
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|Standard: Completed within 5 working days
With its stunning coastline, wondrous cultural sights, and bustling cities, Algeria is a traveller’s dream. A beautiful country with a rich history, it is also one of the most socially developed nations in Africa.
Algeria’s culture is strongly influenced by its Arab heritage, as the country was ruled by various Arab-Amazigh dynasties between the 8th and 16th centuries. This influence permeates many aspects of daily life, most noticeably the language — over 80% of the population primarily speaks Arabic. Furthermore, Islam is practised by almost all Algerians and there are national holidays for important Islamic festivals and commemorations including Ramadan and the two Eīds.
That said, the influence of France (which colonised Algeria between 1830 and 1962) is also significant. French remains the second-most used language, while elements of French cuisine have been adopted in Algeria, including the use of tomato puree and baguettes, and love of apéritifs. In addition, the country is considered relatively liberal compared to its neighbours thanks to the impact of French rule. For example, gender equality is guaranteed in the constitution and women are able to do things like hold political positions, own land, and get divorced.
Other notable aspects of Algerian culture include its rich literature and art, and its distinctive music. Raï, an Algerian pop-flavoured twist on folk music, has achieved popularity in France, Spain, and other parts of Europe. While more traditional styles like Chaabi and Haouzi have long had huge social significance and are often played at weddings and ceremonies. The country also boasts a thriving handicrafts industry, which produces everything from carpets and ceramics, to leather and lutes.
Largely stemming from Algeria’s oil boom, the country’s economy has come on leaps and bounds in recent times, and is one of only a handful of nations to achieve a 20% reduction in poverty rates over the last two decades. Algeria has an upper-middle income economy which is dominated by its petroleum and natural gas exports. This makes up around a third of the country’s GDP in total. Other significant industries include the food processing, mining, and electricity sectors.
One of the best things about Algeria is its array of ancient architecture. Home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, perhaps the pick of the bunch is in Djémila, a small mountain village near the northern coast, east of Algiers. Here you’ll find some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Northern Africa, including a theatre, temples, and basilicas. Another must-visit site is Beni Hammad Fort in the Hodna Mountains northeast of M'Sila. Serving as the first capital of the Hammadid dynasty, it has been described as “an authentic picture of a fortified Muslim city”. Other highlights include the Tassili n'Ajjer, which features prehistoric cave art, Timgad, another former Roman city, and Oran with its 18th-century Pacha Mosque.
Algeria is also renowned for its incredible natural beauty. One place you can’t miss is the Hoggar Mountains, a highland region in the central Sahara where you’ll find vast deserts, peaks such as the 9,541 foot Mount Tahat, and fauna including gazelles and cheetahs. There are ten Algerian national parks in total, offering visitors spectacular sights and the opportunity to spot animals like wild boars, jackals, and barbary macaques. As a coastal nation, Algeria also boasts numerous idyllic beaches, especially in the regions of Jijel, Skikda, and Ain El Turk.
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