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Algeria Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Malaria Sometimes
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever No*

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from infected areas.

Health Care

Healthcare facilities are generally of a reasonable standard in the major urban centres of the north with a fairly established network of clinics and hospitals. However, facilities are more limited in the southern Sahara region. Doctors and hospitals usually ask for immediate cash payment for their services. Emergency cases will be dealt with free of charge. Comprehensive travel insurance is essential; make sure your policy covers medical treatment and repatriation.

Food and Drink

Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of stay. Drinking water outside main cities and towns is likely to be contaminated and sterilisation is considered essential. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Powdered or tinned milk is advised. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat, but be careful when eating things like raw dishes like salads and fruits, where ingredients may have been rinsed in tap water. Likewise, avoid drinks with ice in them.

Other Risks

Vaccination against hepatitis B and tuberculosis is sometimes advised. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical help without delay. There is little to no risk of malaria. Algeria's climate is dry and hot, so wearing sunscreen and a hat to shield from midday sun, is advised, as is having drinking water with you.

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