Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.

 

London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 

 

The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 

 

- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 

 

Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:

 

Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.

 

Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.

 

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.

 

As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • Overview

    Its sun-kissed shores and rugged coastline caressed by the Mediterranean Sea, Algeria tempts visitors with the promise of a unique exoticism. Snow-capped mountains hint at greater mysteries that only first-hand experience can reveal, with journeys beginning in the enchanting north and leading on to many treasures.

    Enchanting culture, sapphire seas and green ravines draw visitors to the Bay of Algiers, parting the sheer veil over Algeria's charm, while the citadel walls of the Casbah watch on as they have for centuries. Algiers, the capital, projects its turbulent history through its architecture, with French-built boulevards coming together with socialist-era monuments and elegant apartments, weaving a textured tale of destruction and rebirth.

    Laid-back Tlemcen provides a change of pace. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, it's a wonderful destination for leather and textile shopping. Hikers can explore lunar landscapes of the northwestern mountain ranges, while Timgad, Djemila and other beautifully preserved Roman towns offer a glimpse into the area's past. Further south, the Saharan region extends over a sea of sand to mountains that are as beautiful as they are unyielding, their caverns containing rock paintings dating back more than 10,000 years.

    Unlike neighbouring Morocco, Algeria has yet to become an established tourist destination. But given its natural beauty, history and rich culture, that may soon change. The country has made a real effort to improve its general safety, making extraordinary gains in recent years and allowing travel across the country to be safe and reliable. But travel to the more remote areas and wider Sahel region is still considered extremely dangerous with regards to terrorists.

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    Algiers has a Mediterranean climate characterised by hot, dry summers and warm, wet winters. Summer temperatures can be exacerbated by hot, dry sirocco winds that carry the desert heat northwards from the Sahara. Average high temperatures during the warmer months (June to October) are around 89°F (32°C), while in the cooler months (December to March) average lows are around 48°F (9°C). Spring and summer are the best times to visit Algiers.

    Algeria holds all the hallmarks of a Mediterranean climate. Warm but wet in the winter along the coast while extremely cold on the higher plateau. Summers are dry along the coast and downright arid as you progress inland. The hot sirocco wind can make for an unpleasant summer.

    Houari Boumedienne Airport
    Location: The airport is located 11 miles (18km) southeast of Algiers.
    Time: GMT +1
    Transfer Between Terminals: The terminals are linked by a free shuttle bus.
    Getting to the city: A bus run by ETUSA operates between the city and airport roughly every 30 minutes.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies include Hertz and Rapide.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available at the airport; a ride into Algiers could take up to 50 minutes in heavy traffic.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include ATMs, currency exchange, information points, duty-free shopping, and restaurants.
    Parking Long- and short-term parking is available.
    Money:

    The unit of currency is the Algeria Dinar (DZD), which is divided into 100 centimes. Algeria has a cash-based economy and although ATMs are available in the bigger cities and more popular hotels, most won't accept international cards. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and the larger hotels.

    Language:

    Arabic and Berber are the official languages in Algeria. The most widely spoken foreign language is French, followed by English.

    Electricity:

    Electrical current in Algeria is 230 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin and Schuko plugs are standard.

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: US nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from the arrival date. Visa required.

    UK nationals: UK nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from the arrival date. Visa required.

    CA nationals: Canadian nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from the arrival date. Visa required.

    AU nationals: Australian nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from the arrival date. Visa required.

    ZA nationals: South African nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from the arrival date. Visa required.

    IR nationals: Irish nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from the arrival date. Visa required.

    NZ nationals: New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from the arrival date. Visa required.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    Passports must be valid for at least six months after intended stay. Visas are required for all visitors except when in transit and spending less than 24 hours without leaving the airport. A transit visa for up to 48 hours can be obtained from airport authorities. Visitors may be required to produce return/onward tickets, other documents for next destination, and proof of sufficient funds. Those arriving from yellow fever risk countries must carry proof of vaccination.

    Travel Health:

    Travellers visiting Algeria don't require any specific vaccinations, but caution should be taken by those with respiratory diseases as they may be exposed to dust and sandstorms. Bottled water is recommended as tap water isn't considered safe, while keeping hydrated is necessary as there is a threat of heat stroke. Healthcare services are not up to the standards many expats are used to but private hospitals and clinics in Algiers or Oran are adequate to some degree. Travel insurance is recommended for evacuation or treatment in nearby countries.

    Tipping:

    A 10 percent tip is expected but may be factored into the price at more upmarket venues.

    Safety Information:

    Travellers to Algeria should always be vigilant and check with their tour operator or travel agent before embarking. Travel to most of the southern part of Algeria is advised against by most Western governments, including: Tamanrasset, Tindouf, Boumerdès, Bouira and Tizi Ouzou. Long trips and overland travel should be avoided, as well as crowds and protests. The most dangerous areas usually lie on its borders and the militarised Sahel region.

    Local Customs:

    Greetings and hospitality are important to Algerians. Male tourists should shake hands with Algerian men, but wait for women to offer a handshake. Female tourists should use their own judgement as to whether a handshake or a polite hello is the right greeting.

    As Algeria is a predominantly Islamic country, visitors should avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during the month of Ramadan. For the same reason, drinking alcohol is generally frowned upon.

    Women are expected to dress conservatively. Homosexual activity is illegal and punishable by imprisonment. Photographing of police or military personnel or facilities is strictly prohibited.

    Business:

    Pleasantries are considered essential to business dealings in Algeria, so it's important not to release a handshake too hastily and to ask after health and family. Closeness is an expression of warmth and familiarity to Algerians. Business cards are used but some effort should be made to have them translated to Arabic and French.

    Communications:

    The international access code for Algeria is +213 and the area code for Algiers is 21. Mobile coverage and internet access are steadily improving in the bigger cities.

    Duty Free:

    Travellers over the age of 17 do not pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. The same applies for 250ml of eau de toilette, 50ml of perfume in opened bottles and 1 litre of alcoholic beverages per person. Narcotics and gold are prohibited.

    Useful Contacts:

    National Tourist Office, Algiers: +213 21 43 8060

    Algeria Embassies:

    Algerian Embassy, Washington: +1 202 265 2800

    Algerian Embassy, London (also responsible for Ireland): +44 20 7299 7077

    Algerian Embassy, Ottawa: +1 613 789 8505

    Algerian Embassy, Canberra (also responsible for New Zealand): +61 2 6286 7355

    Algerian Embassy, Pretoria: +27 12 342 5074

    Foreign Embassies in Algeria :

    United States Embassy, Algiers: +213 770 082 000

    United Kingdom Embassy, Algiers: + 213 770 085 000

    Canadian Embassy, Algiers: +213 770 08 30 00

    Australian Embassy, Paris, France (also responsible for Algeria): +33 1 4059 3300

    South African Embassy, Algiers: +213 21 484 418

    Embassy of Ireland, Berne, Switzerland (also responsible for Algeria): +41 31 350 0380

    New Zealand Embassy, Cairo, Egypt (also responsible for Algeria): +20 2 246 16000

    Algeria Emergency Numbers : 14 (Ambulance and Fire Services), 1548 (Police).
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    Getting around Algiers can be chaotic so driving isn't recommended. Metered licensed taxis are the most common form of transport for travellers, hailed directly off the street or found at taxi stands. There may be surcharges for travel at night, while shared taxis which operate specific routes are a common occurrence. Municipal buses and trams operate in the city, but aren't as popular with tourists. A Metro system opened in 2011, with 19 stations throughout the capital city.

    Central Algiers is quite easily navigated on foot, with movement in the Casbah largely restricted to pedestrians. Car hire is available from the airport or through a hotel, although those unfamiliar with the city may find driving a hair-raising experience due to local driving conditions. When driving outside Algiers, a four-wheel drive vehicle is essential. Public ferries also operate from Algiers to other main coastal towns, including Ghazaouet, Oran, Annaba and Bejaia.